Brighton v Liverpool - the view from the Amex

  • Why Anthony Knockaert can be the latest man to terrorise the Liverpool defence

  • Will Brighton finally notch a goal against one of the big six?

  • Nine Brighton games this season have had more second half goals than first - will this be number 10?

Match Preview

The Amex is fast becoming the home of the Premier League stalemate. Not since September have Brighton won a home game and not since the opening day have we lost one. The last four games have all been draws against sides below us in the table - Everton, Southampton, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.


The lack of home wins hasn't been a problem as we've been picking up victories on the road, much to everybody's general surprise. But should away results dry up, then we could be in problems unless we can find a way to turn home draws into wins.

It's pretty unlikely that will happen against Liverpool. We've faced three of the big six so far and the record is lost three, no goals scored. That last statistic will probably change this weekend as Liverpool's defending at times would be embarrassing at Sunday League level; trust me, I know having been in a side that let nine in a couple of weeks ago.

As for the first stat, Liverpool at home probably remains our best bet of breaking it. While the performance against Palace on Tuesday night was poor, Brighton have history of being particularly poor in derby games and this one was a particularly cagey affair with neither team wanting to lose, so excuses can be made.

Play as well as we did at Manchester United a week ago and there is no reason why the Albion can't celebrate their first big scalp in the Premier League.

Head-to-Head

We've had a number of memorable meetings in cup competitions down the years. The Albion famously knocked the great Liverpool side of the early 1980s out of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons, including the year we made the final.

Last time we met was also memorable as Gus Poyet's side went to Anfield for an FA Cup fifth round tie in 2012 and scored four times. Unfortunately, three of those were own goals - one from Liam Bridcutt and a brace from Lewis Dunk - as we lost 6-1.

Try putting one in the right end this time, Lewis.

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Brighton team and injury news

Having been kicked in the nether regions by Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford on Saturday, Gaetan Bong missed Tuesday with a 'knee injury'. He should be fit, but whether he starts or not is another matter as Markus Suttner played a role in helping keep a clean sheet and Hughton has been keen this season to ensure players keep the shirt if the team is getting results.

Dale Stephens has been poor the last couple of games and there have been growing calls for him to have a break now Beram Kayal is back to fitness.

Key Player

With Liverpool's defensive frailties being highlighted on a weekly basis, you can expect Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo to be licking their lips at the prospect of running at their full backs. Getting the ball wide and utilising the pace and trickery of those two will be vital to the Albion's chances of success.

Best Match Odds

Brighton 13/2

Draw 73/20

Liverpool 11/21

My Best Tip for Brighton v Liverpool

Liverpool to win and both teams to score @23/10 with Betfair

Our three games so far with members of the big six have all ended in defeat without a goal being scored. Liverpool's porous defence should ensure that duck is broken but their ability coming forward means they will probably manage to outscore whatever we put on the board.

My other tips for the match

Anthony Knockaert to score anytime @6/1 with Betfred
Anthony Knockaert was outstanding against Palace and coming up against a Liverpool side who concede plenty, he could well notch his second Premier League goal of the season.

2nd half highest scoring half @111/100
Only in five out of 14 Brighton games so far this season has the first half seen more goals than the second. Anything bigger than evens for the second half to once again win the goal count looks a good price.