Brighton - Liverpool
Possible starting lineups:
Button; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; March, Stephens, Gross, Propper, Locadia; Murray
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri; Mane, Firmino, Salah
I think Brighton could upset the leaders here. There are two main reasons for my pick. The first is connect with the actual form. It is very strange, almost unbelievable, but Brighton are in better form at the moment. The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last four matches across all competitions. The opponents were not easy at all. Brighton managed to beat Everton with 1:0, while shared the points with Arsenal (1:1) and West Ham (2:2) in the Premier League. In addition, the Seagulls won 3:1 in the FA Cup third round match against Bournemouth last weekend. I believe the players confidence is higher after the last positive results. On contrary, Liverpool s 21-game unbeaten run came to an end against Manchester City last time out. That s not all, the Reds suffered another blow after that. They were eliminated from the FA Cup after losing 2:1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers last Monday.
The second reason for my pick is connect with Liverpool. Manager Jurgen Klopp has huge injury worries ahead of this match, particularly in the defense. In few words, the German coach has only one central defender available for this match - Virgil Van Dijk. All the other central defenders are out injured. Dejan Lovren picked up a hamstring injury in the early stages of the match against the Wolves, while Joel Matip is not likely to have recovered from a broken collarbone in time. Joe Gomez is missing until February due to a leg fracture sustained at Burnley last month. Captain Jordan Henderson, who missed the defeat at Molineux due to a knock, is rated as doubtful. Considering these facts, I expect Brighton to take advantage from Liverpool s issues.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 12.01. 16:00h