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Brighton vs Liverpool – Match Preview
09 January 2019, 15:41
Brighton vs Liverpool – Match Preview
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You wait for one Liverpool defeat and then two come along at once. No sooner had Jurgen Klopp’s men lost to Manchester City in that all important Premier League tie, then they also now find themselves dumped out of the F.A. Cup.

Monday night saw them make the trip to the West Midlands as they faced Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. A fixture that saw the Merseysiders knocked out by Ruben Neves’ sensational second half strike.

And although there will be something of immediate disappointment from the Premier League leaders, at the same time it might be a defeat that ends up working in their favour in terms of the race for the title.

They will look to return to winning ways this weekend when they make the long journey to the South Coast, to face a Brighton side that themselves booked a place in the fourth round of the cup after beating fellow top flight outfit Bournemouth.

A cup will be a welcome bonus to the Seagulls for as long as they keep their heads clear of any relegation battle, something that they are currently managing to do after being unbeaten in their last three league outings.

Chris Hughton’s men have picked up five points from the last nine that have been on offer and although that is a relatively decent return, the Brighton manager will still feel that more points could have put on the board.

Especially when you consider the fact that they were 2-0 up away at West Ham in their last outing, only to then be pegged back by two quick fire goals from the Hammers. At the same time though, they are slowly but surely doing enough to make sure they are a fixture in the Premier League next season.

And if that is to be the case then who knows If Liverpool will end up being the defending champions next time around, going into this weekend’s clash the gap over Manchester City now sits at a less healthy four points.

Had they beaten City on their own turf then the gap would have extended out to 10 points, unfortunately for them it has contracted and the question that is now being asked is whether they can deal with the pressure of being league leaders.

All teams go through a blip at different times of the season, something that Liverpool have been fortunate to have not suffered. However, a failure to win at The AMEX this weekend and it may well be that the Anfield outfit are in the midst of theirs.

Thankfully though The AMEX was a happy hunting ground for Liverpool last season, as they eased to a 5-1 win. They may not win by the same margin this time around, but they should have enough to bounce back and pick up a much needed victory.

Brighton have already claimed one Merseyside scalp this season in the shape of Everton and will look to complete somewhat of an unlikely double, unfortunately for them though all signs but to three points for the away side as they keep their distance at the top of the table.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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HuddersfieldManchester City
20/01/2019 13:30
2
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Fulham FCTottenham
20/01/2019 16:00
2
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WolverhamptonLeicester City
19/01/2019 12:30
2
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BournemouthWest Ham
19/01/2019 15:00
2

England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool FC 60 23 19 3 1 54 13 41
2. Manchester City 53 22 17 2 3 59 17 42
3. Tottenham 48 22 16 0 6 46 22 24
4. Chelsea FC 47 23 14 5 4 40 19 21
5. Arsenal 44 23 13 5 5 48 32 16
6. Manchester United 44 23 13 5 5 46 33 13
7. Watford FC 33 23 9 6 8 32 32 0
8. Wolverhampton 32 23 9 5 9 27 31 -4
9. Leicester City 31 23 9 4 10 29 29 0
10. West Ham 31 23 9 4 10 30 34 -4
11. Everton FC 30 23 8 6 9 34 33 1
12. Bournemouth 30 23 9 3 11 33 42 -9
13. Brighton 26 23 7 5 11 25 32 -7
14. Crystal Palace 22 23 6 4 13 23 32 -9
15. Southampton 22 23 5 7 11 25 40 -15
16. Burnley FC 22 23 6 4 13 23 43 -20
17. Newcastle Utd 21 23 5 6 12 19 31 -12
18. Cardiff City 19 23 5 4 14 19 44 -25
19. Fulham FC 14 22 3 5 14 20 49 -29
20. Huddersfield 11 22 2 5 15 13 37 -24

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