LIV vs BHA Dream11: Liverpool host Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at Anfield this Saturday (IST). The Reds are sitting at the top of the pile and boast an eight points advantage at the top of the table, more importantly, nine points lead over reigning champions and their closest rivals Manchester City. For Brighton, the main and the immediate aim is to touch the 40-point barrier in as many few games as possible.
Liverpool had a disappointing result in midweek after they could manage only a point from the Champions League clash against Napoli. Now they must travel to Austria in two weeks time and avoid a defeat against in-form and free-scoring Red Bull Salzburg to enter the last-16.
Jurgen Klopp would have hoped to avoid that scenario as it would have allowed him to rest some of his first-team players in a bid to keep the whole squad fresh before the gruelling schedule begins where Liverpool will be playing two games every week in December.
That said, so far Liverpool are the bar for every team in the Premier League. They have won all but one game in the first 13 matches, and remain the only unbeaten team left in all the top-four tiers of English football.
As for Brighton, the return of 15 points from 13 games still makes for a good reading despite them losing three times in the last five league games, including the 0-2 defeat at home to Leicester City in the last game. The team has been playing a good brand of football, players enjoying time on the pitch and there is a feel-good factor around the club these days. There’s no doubt that head coach Graham Potter has exceeded the expectations, and the club reacted in a positive way by awarding his early successes with a six-year contract extension.
Visitors: Brighton & Hove Albion
Match Timing: November 30, @ 08:30 PM
Match Venue: Anfield
Liverpool team news: Liverpool had a disappointing result in the Champions at home against Napoli, but the worse was Fabinho’s injury, who suffered an ankle ligament injury and is set to be out for at least two months. However, he would have missed this game anyway due to suspension.
Centre-back Joel Matip is still rehabilitating as he recovers from a knee injury and will miss the game against Brighton, while right-back Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term injury absentee.
Jurgen Klopp could name either Georginio Wijnaldum or Jordan Henderson in the no-6 role to fill the void left by Fabinho, that leaves one spot vacant in midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the likely player to complete the three-man midfield, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah in their usual front three positions.
Brighton & Hove Albion team news: Jose Izquierdo and Barnardo both remain out injured for the Seagulls at the moment and won’t be featuring here.
The visitors could also be without Solly March, who is nursing a groin problem, but forward Aaron Connolly is back to full fitness and should be involved at Anfield. In addition, captain Lewis Dunk is back from suspension which ruled him out of last Saturday’s defeat by Leicester.
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Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League game at Anfield since March 2017. They hardly drop points at home, and the betting trend is what you would expect, that is the hosts are the odds-on favourite to win the game.
Liverpool to win: 1.21 (21/100), Probability to happen: 82.64%
Brighton & Hove Albion to win: 16.00 (15/1), Probability to happen: 6.25%
Draw: 7.100 (61/10), Probability to happen: 14.08%
Liverpool: Alisson (GK), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana / Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Brighton & Hove Albion: Matt Ryan (GK), Martin Montoya, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Dan Burn, Alzate, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay, Connolly
Goalkeeper: M Ryan
Defenders: D Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, V v Dijk, A Robertson
Midfielders: D Propper, D Stephens, M Salah, S Mane (C)
Attackers: A Connolly, R Firmino (VC)
Liverpool will start the game as favorites.