Champions elect Liverpool heads to the Amex Stadium on July 8, 2020, to take on Brighton & Hove Albion as the English Premier League continues its 2020 season.
The Reds have already broken several league records with their title run, including the fewest number of games to clinch the English Premier League title. With still five games left to play, there are more records that are still within their grasp and Jurgen Klopp’s side has their sights set on most points, most wins, and largest margin of victory. On the other hand, Graham Potter’s side are nine points clear of relegation and with only 15 points left to play for, Brighton has nearly locked up its spot in the top flight next season.
Liverpool is the new King of England. The Reds have clinched the English Premier League title and they are on top of the mountain with a total of 89 points, 23 ahead of their closest pursuer. Liverpool has a record of 29-2-2 and they have won 12 out of their 16 matches away from Anfield while conceding just 13 goals in their away matches.
In their last outing, Liverpool bounced back from a loss to Manchester City by defeating Aston Villa at Anfield 2-0 last July 5th. Sadio Mane led the scoring as he scored both the opening and game-winning goals for the Reds. With only two days of rest between games, Klopp is expected to rest some of his key players in this mid-week contest.
Mohamed Salah leads the Reds with a total of 17 goals scored on the year. Sadio Mane is also having a fine year as he has netted 16 times while Roberto Firmino has eight goals scored this season. Trent-Alexander Arnold leads Liverpool with 12 assists and three goals while Salah and Andy Robertson have eight assists each.
The Reds are the best defensive team in England with a league-best 25 goals conceded. They are the second-best scoring team in the Premier League with a total of 72 goals scored this term. Liverpool is also the #1 team in goal difference at +47 and is also the best passing team in the league with a total of 58 assists this term.
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Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton is currently in 15th place in the English Premier League table. The Seagulls have a record of 8-12-13 and a total of 36 points earned from those games. They are six points behind Crystal Palace who are above them in the standings and are five points ahead of West Ham who are in 16th place. More importantly, they are nine points clear of the relegation zone.
In their last outing, Brighton defeated bottom team Norwich City 1-0 last July 4th. The Seagulls’ Leandro Trossard found the back of the net in the 25th minute and it turned out to be the only goal scored during the entire match. Brighton has registered two wins, two draws, and one loss in their last five assignments.
Neal Maupay leads Brighton with a total of nine goals scored this season. Trossard has found the back of the net four times while Lewis Dunk has scored thrice this year. Pascal Gross leads the team with four assists this year while Dunk and Trossard each have three assists for the Seagulls.
Brighton is 14th in the league in scoring with a total of 35 goals scored this season. They are ranked 10th in England in defense with a total of 44 goals scored this term. The Seagulls are tied for 15th in assists with a total of 21 on the year. They are also 11th in goal difference at -9 goals.
Liverpool’s record-breaking season continues. After setting the record for clinching the English title with still seven games to spare, they are now chasing the record for most points and wins in a single season. To do that though, they must win four more games and that means keeping up with their winning ways in their final five assignments. The Reds weren’t impressive against Aston Villa but that has been how their season has unfolded: picking up wins without blowing away the opposition.
Brighton is still not officially out of the woods but barring any dramatic change in fortunes, the Seagulls are unlikely to lose their spot in the top flight. Brighton has a nine-point cushion and there are just 15 points left to play for. That’s a sigh of relief since after facing Liverpool on Wednesday, their next assignment is Manchester City three days after.
Dejan Lovren has missed the last two matches and remains doubtful for this contest. Andrew Robertson suffered a calf injury against Aston Villa but is expected to suit up for this contest. Liverpool rested Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, and Georginio Wijnaldum all sat out the last match but could feature here. However, Klopp might sit out other names for this one as well.
Jose Izquierdo is still out of action for Brighton while Steve Alzate will be reassessed in the buildup after reportedly struggling during Monday’s training. Shane Duffy and Dale Stephens will push for a return after starting at the bench for Brighton last weekend.
Brighton has won just once in their last seven home matches while Liverpool has won 12 of 16 away from home. The Reds have won their last three trips to this venue. Liverpool also picked up a 2-1 home win in their last meeting last November 30, 2019.
The Reds have already clinched the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion while Brighton is almost assured of safety. Some would expect a decline in form for Liverpool with the title in the bag but there are still records that they can break. Klopp has said that records aren’t important but with immortality in their grasp, I think Liverpool keeps its killer instinct here. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are also still in the Golden Boot convention so they will be looking to get in the field too. I cannot guarantee a blowout win for the Reds but they should take care of business here and pick up three more points.
Prediction: Liverpool (+179)
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Liverpool has won the last five meetings between these two teams by an aggregate score of 13-2. The Reds have scored at least three goals in three of those five matches. I agree that some key players will be rested here but I don’t expect the Reds’ form to drop too much. We should see more than 2.5 goals scored here with the league’s second-best scoring team playing.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals (-124)