Preview - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool 12 January 19

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Match Day 22
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Liverpool
Saturday, January 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: American Express Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion: 
Last five matches form: L L D W D
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray ( 8 )

Liverpool:
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.33
Average goals against per match: 0.48
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (13)

Liverpool return to Premier League action this weekend having suffered not one, but two defeats in recent weeks. Beaten at Manchester City in the Premier League, the Reds were then dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Given the side Jurgen Klopp put out, that defeat at Molineux perhaps wasn't much of a surprise, and he will surely have the big guns out in force once again as he bids to keep his sides lead in the Premier League intact.

Brighton will likely be pretty pleased with their season so far as they sit in thirteenth spot and a healthy ten points clear of the relegation zone. That relatively secure position is built in no small part on their home form. The Seagull's have lost only twice in front of their own fans so far this season, at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Brighton certainly weren't disgraced in the reverse of this fixture when going down 1-0 at Anfield. They did suffer at the hands of Liverpool in this game last season though, with the Reds running out 5-1 winners.

José Izquierdo is out injured for the home side for whom Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Mat Ryan are away on international duty. Dejan Lovren, Joseph Gomez, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are out for Liverpool.

Liverpool have won eight of eleven away from home this season, with draws at Chelsea and Arsenal and that defeat at Manchester City representing their only dropped points to date. Good as Brighton have been at home, they look to be overmatched here.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0 - 3 Liverpool


Harry85

Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  4 - 7
Shots on target: 0 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession: 34% - 66%

No bookings at the Amex as referee Kevin Friend kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

Brighton have been good at home this season and once again gave a decent account of themselves against the current Premier League leaders. In the end it was all for nothing as - just as at Anfield earlier in the season - they went down by a narrow 1-0 score-line. Having not managed a shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes, a draw was probably the best they could have hoped for. Liverpool did manage only two efforts on target themselves though and needed a penalty kick to win it in the end.

There wasn't too much in the way of chances in the opening period as both sides were largely restricted to swinging balls into the area. 0-0 at the interval.

The games definitive moment came in the 50th minute. Mohamed Salah bamboozling Pascal Gross in the right-hand side of the area and Gross hauling him down from behind in the end. Penalty kick. Salah stepped up do the honours, finishing into the right-hand side.

Brighton began to have a bit more of the ball as they sought a way back into the game. As it has so often this season though the Liverpool defence was looking pretty impenetrable as the Seagull's were restricted to efforts from range.

It was Liverpool who had the better of the remaining chances. The best of which fell to Salah who seemed certain to score when found by James Milner around six yards from goal only to surprisingly shank his effort wide. 0-1 final score.

With Manchester City not playing until Monday, Liverpool stretch their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Brighton stay thirteenth.


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