Liverpool is a big favorite to defeat Brighton on Saturday in a match that can be seen on NBC. Liverpool has started the season with two good wins, while Brighton is 1-1. Liverpool is finally being thought of as a possible title contender, and they are getting respect from the oddsmakers in this match against a Brighton team that upset Manchester United last week. Let’s look at this match on Saturday and soccer predictions.
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Brighton at Liverpool
Date and Time:Saturday, August 25, 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Premier League Odds at BETCRIS:
Total 2.5 over -140
Brighton vs. Liverpool TV Coverage:NBC
Brighton didn’t have much success at Anfield last season, losing 4-0. It could be different this time around, as Brighton comes in with a lot of confidence after their win over Manchester United. "It gives us confidence going to Anfield (and) with the performance we showed, we'll want to replicate that against Liverpool. It will be another tough game.” Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert said on the Brighton website.
Brighton was very good at home last season, but they struggled away from home. They lost just four times at Amex Stadium last season, but one of those losses was to Liverpool. Brighton simply had no answers a year ago for Liverpool, as they were beaten badly twice.
Liverpool has been very impressive so far this season, as they rolled over West Ham 4-0 and they went into Crystal Palace and won 2-0. Mohamed Salah is considered one of the top strikers in the league and so far this season their defense and goalkeeping have been excellent. Manager Jurgen Klopp said that he is aware that a lot of people are looking at his team as a challenger to Manchester City this season. He said his team needs to remain focused and motivated. “We need to stay positive, but to stay angry as well,” he said to the media.
Player to Watch
Salah gets most of the headlines for Liverpool, but so far this season the player to watch for the Reds has been Sadio Mane. He has three goals in two games and has been dynamic. It should be noted that Mane is getting some attention from the oddsmakers to win the Golden Boot. He was 66-1 before the season, but those odds dropped to 12-1 following his two goals against West Ham. Those odds may drop even further after he scored his third goal of the season against Crystal Palace.
It has been ugly for Brighton in this series against Liverpool, as they have just four wins, 15 losses and eight draws in 27 meetings. They have lost each of the last five matches to Liverpool and all have been high scoring, with all five going over the total.
Brighton vs. Liverpool Free Picks
The price on Liverpool is extremely high, but the Reds have shown no weaknesses so far this season. Brighton looked good last week against United, but Liverpool is a better team than United and this game is in Liverpool. I can’t lay the big price, but the Reds should not have too much trouble winning at home. The value in this game could be on the total. I am a bit surprised the total on this match is only 2.5 considering the teams have combined to score 29 goals in their last six matches. Liverpool has been scoring a lot of goals so far this season and Brighton looked good last week, scoring three against United. I will go over the total in this match on Saturday.
Brighton vs. Liverpool Pick:Over the total at BetCris
Brighton vs. Liverpool Score Prediction:Liverpool 3, Brighton 1
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