Betting preview: Liverpool vs Brighton - In-form Reds can bank another three points

Liverpool have been rampant in recent outings but may have to settle for a smaller winning margin when they host Graham Potter’s men at Anfield on Saturday.

It's been a pretty remarkable fortnight for Liverpool.

Despite the disruption of the international break, they've returned to domestic action and gone goal crazy, netting 15 times in a quartet of wins over Watford (5-0), Atletico Madrid (3-2), Manchester United (5-0) and Preston (2-0).

Those two 5-0s in the Premier League have helped Jurgen Klopp's men form part of what the vast majority see as a three-team breakaway at the top of the table alongside Chelsea and Manchester City.

When: Saturday, October 30, 3pm BST

Where: Anfield

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Best bets for Liverpool v Brighton

Liverpool to win by exactly 2 goals at 13/5

Sadio Mane to be first goalscorer at 10/3

The top three all have 3pm kick-offs on Saturday which is unusual.

And with Chelsea travelling to Newcastle and Manchester City hosting Crystal Palace, Liverpool will know nothing short of a win will do.

That said, the Merseysiders have the toughest test as Brighton sit fifth in the table and are unbeaten away from home.

Graham Potter's men have taken 15 points from nine games - seven behind leaders Chelsea - although they head into this one on the back of two disappointments.

The Seagulls suffered a 4-1 home defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League last week and went out of the Carabao Cup on penalties after drawing 2-2 at Leicester.

Last three meetings

Liverpool 0-1 Liverpool (February 3, 2021)

This was a golden night for Brighton as they scored their first win over Liverpool since a 2-0 FA Cup triumph in 1984.

The visitors deserved it although there was a slice of fortune about their 56th-minute winner as Steven Alzate's mishit shot from a Dan Burn header floated past Reds stand-in goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

This was the second game of a dreadful and unfathomable six-match losing streak at Anfield for Liverpool after Burnley had broken their long unbeaten run a couple of weeks earlier.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool (January 17, 2021)

Diogo Jota's goal on the hour-mark looked to have settled it for Liverpool until Brighton grabbed a controversial late equaliser.

Neal Maupay had missed from the spot for Brighton in the first half but they were given the chance for redemption after Andy Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Danny Welbeck in the area three minutes into added time.

This time Pascal Gross made no mistake, leaving Liverpool to curse that decision and two other VAR rulings that went against them after Mo Salah and Sadio Mane had both found the net.

Despite the dropped points, Liverpool stayed top of the table with 21 points from 10 games.

Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (July 8, 2021)

Having just clinched their first title in 30 years, Liverpool were in ebullient mood and moved onto 92 points after 34 games (30 wins, two draws, two defeats and 23 clear of Man City) with a hard-fought 3-1 victory.

They burst out of the traps with two goals in the first eight minutes as Naby Keita set up Salah before skipper Jordan Henderson curled in an excellent second.

Brighton rallied and deservedly pulled a goal back through Leandro Trossard on 45 before Salah headed in his 19th league goal of the season from Robertson's 76th-minute corner to seal the 3-1 win.

Last 10 meetings

Liverpool wins: 8

Draws: 1

Brighton wins: 1

Liverpool goals: 25

Brighton goals: 7

Liverpool can keep momentum going

Brighton caused Liverpool problems last season, taking four points off Klopp's men over the two games.

True, the 1-0 win came in the bizarre twilight zone period when the Reds were losing every week inside an empty and echoey Anfield but there's no denying the Seagulls were impressive that night.

Brighton have started this season impressively too although perhaps had some limitations exposed by Man City last weekend when losing 4-1.

I don't foresee anything like a third straight 5-0 Premier League win for the hosts after those romps against Watford and Man Utd but I do expect them to take all three points.

The basic win price of 2/9 holds no appeal so I'll have a punt on Liverpool to win by exactly 2 goals at 13/5.

That gives us 2-0, 3-1 and, less likely, 4-2 or higher.

Brighton deserve respect on what they've achieved so far but Liverpool have gone into Red Machine mode and can roll over yet another opponent.

Goalscorer bets

Sadio Mane Liverpool Oct21

The amazing Mo Salah has now scored in 10 straight games for Liverpool after his hat-trick at Old Trafford.

The Egyptian has 10 league goals, three clear of anyone else.

What's more, he's also netted five times in eight matches against Brighton.

Inevitably, his anytime scorer odds will be short although anyone backing him could justify the 8/13.

Anything seems possible for Salah right now so 3/1 for two or more or 12/1 for the hat-trick also come into play.

First goal at 15/8? Hmmm. Despite scoring in his last 10 matches, Salah has only bagged the opener in those games on three occasions.

Liverpool's other front players (will Klopp find space for them all?) are also prime candidates.

Planet Sport Bet's anytime score market shows Sadio Mane at 10/11, Diogo Jota at Evens and Roberto Firmino at 13/10.

For Brighton, Neal Maupay is the shortest-priced at 7/2. The Frenchman has four league goals in his nine top-flight starts this term.

But the bet I'll settle on is Mane to score the first goal at 10/3.

He's done that in Liverpool's last two home matches - vs Crystal Palace and Man City - and will be fresh and raring to go after playing just 14 minutes at Old Trafford and sitting out the Preston game.

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