Roberto de Zerbi Era Begins for Brighton
Graham Potter left a huge void at Brighton when the former Seagulls coach took the Chelsea job. Luckily, Brighton seem to have hit a home run with his replacement. Roberto de Zerbi led Sassuolo to back-to-back top half Serie A finishes for the first time in club history. Now, the Italian coach is at the helm on the South coast. His first match in the Premier League is just about as tough as it gets as Brighton head to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday. Our Liverpool vs. Brighton betting preview will cover all the main storylines and betting lines for the match.
EPL – Liverpool vs. Brighton Game Info:
- Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England, U.K.
- Date & Time:
- TV: Peacock, Telemundo
When they earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, Brighton struggled vs. Liverpool. The Seagulls lost their first six matches to Liverpool but they’ve remained competitive recently. In the last four meetings, they’ve both won one match and there have been two draws. Last season, these teams drew 2-2 at Anfield as Brighton mounted a two-goal comeback. The Reds defeated Brighton 2-0 on the road. After Saturday, the next Liverpool vs. Brighton & Hove Albion game is in January.
Liverpool Lagging Behind
- EPL Record: 2-1-3, 9 pts, 8th
- EPL Form: D,W,W,L,D
- Injuries and Suspensions: D Calvin Ramsay (Day-to-Day), D Ibrahima Konate (Day-to-Day), D Andy Robertson (Out), M Fábio Carvalho (Day-to-Day), M Curtis Jones (Out), M Naby Keita (Out), M Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Out)
Jurgen Klopp has had to deal with an injury crisis to start the season. His defense and midfield have been decimated at times and it’s been tough to win games. Surely, the Reds have been disappointing but they’re currently only four points outside of the top four. With Joel Matip back, Liverpool can at least pair Virgil van Dijk with him at the back. Still, the absences of Naby Keita and Curtis Jone are hurting Liverpool’s midfield. Even more so when Thiago Alcantara was out.
Still, Liverpool have managed to score 15 goals through six matches but their goal stats are a bit deceptive. Three-fifths of their goals so far this season came in a 9-0 win vs. Bournemouth back in August. Otherwise, they’ve scored just six times in their other five matches. Mohamed Salah hasn’t been himself yet this season and the Reds seem to miss Sadio Mane a fair amount.
Our Liverpool vs. Brighton betting preview highlights the fact that Liverpool haven’t played a Premier League match in nearly a month. On September 3rd they drew 0-0 with Everton and their remaining two matches of the month were postponed. The international break was beneficial for Liverpool as their injured players had some time to recover. Still, Andy Robertson, Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain out.
Brighton at a Crossroads
- EPL Record: 4-1-1, 13 pts, 4th
- EPL Form: W,L,W,W,D
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Adam Lallana (Day-to-Day), M Enock Mwepu (Doubtful), M Jakub Moder (Out), F Jeremy Sarmiento (Day-to-Day)
One of the surprises of the season, Brighton and Hove Albion are fourth in the Premier League standings. Graham Potter left Brighton in a very good place and they’re still set up for success. Roberto de Zerbi worked wonders for Sassuolo players like Domenico Berardi, Manuel Locatelli, Jeremie Boga and Hamed Traore. The hope is that he can continue to develop some of Brighton’s young players and challenge for a European place.
The hope is that he can continue to develop some of Brighton’s young players and challenge for a European place.
De Zerbi’s teams at Sassuolo played a positive high-risk, high-reward style and it’ll be interesting to see what he implements at Brighton. Potter was typically more conservative and liked his teams to pick their spots and prioritize defending. Thus far, the Seagulls have only conceded five goals through six matches. They’ve hardly done anything wrong this season and they demolished Leicester City, 5-2, in their last match.
Like Liverpool, Brighton haven’t played since the first weekend of September. With the international break, De Zerbi hasn’t had much time at all to instill his ideas in his players. Compared to Liverpool, Brighton have more of their key players available, though. Pascal Gross has been a standout, with three goals and two assists. Lewis Dunk also continues to be one of the most underrated center backs in the league.
Odds & Preview
Our Liverpool vs. Brighton betting preview notes that Brighton only lost four games away from home all of last season. They’re a disciplined side that won’t give things away easily. The Seagulls also took points off of every big six side last season, apart from Manchester City. Still, Liverpool are priced as heavy -285 favorites heading into Saturday’s match. The Reds are 1½-goal favorites but have only won one match by a multi-goal margin this season.
Liverpool are obviously dangerous in attacking areas, and flashed their potential in that Premier League record-matching 9-0 win over Bournemouth. They’ve been too inconsistent, though, and new striker Darwin Nunez hasn’t made too big of an impact. With the likes of Salah, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, there are a lot of individual talents.
Brighton come into the match as +700 underdogs, while a draw, which occurred in this fixture last season, shows +475 odds. Only one of the last four meetings has finished with three or more goals. So, it’s currently under three goals for the match that is priced at -115 odds.
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