A four-game losing skid in the Premier League puts Brighton & Hove Albion up against Liverpool at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, 12th March evening.
The Seagulls are up against an uphill task to get back on track. The Seagulls were defeated 2-1 by Newcastle United in their most recent outing, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek action.
Even though it is hilarious to watch Brighton and Liverpool face off at 12:30 pm (GMT) once again – over two years after Jurgen Klopp’s passionate outburst at the Amex Stadium about noon games after his side’s European exploits – the Seagulls are not in the greatest of form heading into the match.
Graham Potter’s team have slipped out of the top half of the table after a poor run of games, and they were unable to halt the Newcastle United juggernaut at St James’ Park, with goals from Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar before Lewis Dunk’s consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to the Magpies.
After going three games without scoring in the Premier League, the Seagulls were able to put a stop to that run, but a fourth straight loss in the top division left them in 13th place in the standings heading into the weekend’s matches, one of three teams now sitting on 33 points.
Following a midweek loss to Newcastle United, the Saints’ two-point deficit to 10th-placed Southampton is by no means insurmountable, but Potter’s side has lost their scoring touch in recent weeks and has surrendered at least two goals in each of their last four losses.
Liverpool is in no mood to let up after picking up just one win from their last ten Premier League matches at the Amex since the beginning of October – taking just two points from the last 12 on offer and scoring just 10 goals in their own backyard all season – and Brighton are in disastrous form.
Alexis Sanchez did not have many positive memories of Anfield during his time as an Arsenal player, and his bad luck on Merseyside continued in the Champions League when he was sent off for two high tackles on Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho in the second leg of their last-16 campaign against Real Madrid.
After Lautaro Martinez’s thunderbolt had given Inter hope of turning the game around, Sanchez was dismissed two minutes later, but Klopp’s side had already qualified for the quarter-finals after winning 2-1 aggregate following a win at the San Siro earlier.
Nonetheless, the Reds’ 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at the hands of the Nerazzurri. They also lost at Anfield for the first time in more than a year. However, this team has grown in stature and success domestically in 2022.
It was in fact the Reds’ eighth straight victory in the Premier League, although they remain six points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand. For the visitors who are pursuing the quadruple, every match is now seen as a final for the Reds.
Aside from conceding just two goals during their seven-game winning streak in the Premier League, Liverpool has also scored a whopping 19 in that span. However, Liverpool has failed to win any of their last three meetings with Brighton, who managed to salvage a 2-2 draw at Anfield earlier this season.
BHA vs LIV, EPL 2021/22
Date: 12th March 2022
Time: 6:00 PM IST
Venue: Falmer Stadium
Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League form:
Brighton & Hove Albion form (all competitions):
Liverpool Premier League form:
Liverpool form (all competitions):
Liverpool wins: 19
Brighton wins: 5
Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, and Roberto Firmino all returned to training this week, giving Liverpool a boost. The Spaniard and the Cameroonian defender all featured in the XI for Liverpool. Firmino, on the other hand, was left out of the team for the match. Jordan Henderson was rested for that game and may be able to return to the starting lineup.
In terms of Brighton, Adam Webster is expected to miss the game after his recently sustained groin injury.
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Duffy; Lamptey, Moder, Bissouma, Gross, Cucurella; Trossard, Maupay
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Mane, Diaz
Brighton & Hove Albion were said to be interested in playing in Europe next season, but a bad run of form has seen them slip out of the top half of the Premier League table and into the bottom half. At the moment, they are in 13th place in the league, and they have lost their past four league games. Graham Potter, on the other hand, continues to be highly regarded as a manager. Recent rumours have suggested that he might be on his way to Manchester United in the summer.
Liverpool, on the other hand, is vying for a slew of titles at the same time. They are six points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have played one more game than they have thus far. Liverpool has perhaps the finest player in the world in Mohamed Salah. The likes of Diogo Jota have also made an impression, but it is January signing Luis Diaz who has drawn the most attention after making a great start to life in the Premier League. Liverpool will be the overwhelming favourites to win the match.
Predicted Score- BHA 1-3 LIV