Liverpool v Brighton
Sunday, Mar 13 – 15:00
Liverpool lost 1-0 to Chelsea in their midweek match, with a first-half goal from Olivier Giroud proving the difference between the two sides. The result leaves Liverpool in danger of finishing outside the Top 4, and they will need to take at least one point from this weekend’s match to guarantee Champions League football next season – that’s if they don’t beat Real Madrid of course! Liverpool currently sit fourth on the leaderboard, two points above Chelsea.
Having already secured Premier League safety with an emphatic victory over Man United on MD36, The Seagulls could not manage to recreate their heroics when they faced Man City on Wednesday night, losing 3-1 to the league champions. Brighton currently sit 14th on the leaderboard, but a win this weekend could see them move up to 10th – adding an additional £10m to their prize money.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Liverpool have won five of their last six competitive matches against Brighton (D1), scoring 22 goals in the process (3.7 per match).
- Brighton’s last away victory at Anfield came way back in 1983, when they beat them 2-1 in the FA Cup.
- Liverpool are currently unbeaten in 21 league matches at home against newly-promoted clubs – last losing to Blackpool in 2010/11.
- A win today would mark the seventh occasion that Liverpool are gone an entire season unbeaten at home – more than any other club.
- No Premier League club has scored fewer goals on the road than Brighton this season (10 level w/ West Brom).
- The only club currently on a longer winless run away from home than Brighton (12) is Stoke City (13).
- Lewis Dunk has scored an own goal in each of his last two matches against Liverpool – netting in the FA Cup in 2012, and in the reverse league fixture this season.
- Mohamed Salah is just one goal away from breaking the record for most goals in the 38-match Premier League season (currently 31).
- Glenn Murray has been involved in a goal in each of his last three matches against Liverpool (two goals, one assist).
- Against Man City, Leonardo Ulloa netted his first goal for Brighton since May 2014 – he has not scored in consecutive Premier League matches since April 2016 (w/ Leicester City).
This will be Liverpool’s final competitive match before their huge Champions League final clash with Real Madrid, so it’ll be important for Jurgen Klopp’s side to bounce back from their midweek result and regain their confidence. Mohamed Salah has been a wizard in front of goal this season. Who would bet against the Egyptian to finish off his debut campaign with a bang?