Brighton vs Liverpool: Brighton & Hove Albion hosts Liverpool in a Premier League fixture on Saturday, Jan. 12. Kickoff from The American Express Community Stadium in Falmer, East Sussex, is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Brighton (7–9–5) enters the contest 13th in the Premier League standings with 26 points earned through 21 matches played. The club has gone undefeated across its past three league contests, earning two draws and a victory. Brighton most recently defeated Bournemouth 3–1 in an A Cup third round match.
Liverpool (17–1–3) comes into the match atop the league standings with 54 points accrued in 21 games. The Reds opened the campaign as a clear favorite to capture the Premier League title, but have yet to win a match in 2019. Liverpool suffered its first league defeat against Manchester City before most recently losing to Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Reds, who were red hot, have lost two in a row. Liverpool lost its first league game of the season on Jan. 3, falling 2-1 against Manchester City, its main contender for the title. Then Liverpool lost on Monday 2-1 at Wolves in the FA Cup third round. Here’s a chance to rebuild some momentum and build a seven-point lead ahead of City’s game against Wolves on Monday.
Liverpool: It’s a dangerous time for the Reds. With the four-point lead atop the table, the last thing they’ll want is to let City get any closer the rest of the way. Pressure is on, but Liverpool has done well to beat the smaller teams in the league. This game shouldn’t cause the Reds many problems, but you just never know with the magic of the Premier League. Expect a full-strength squad that will play with some serious urgency against a Brighton team that hasn’t lost in its last four games.
Brighton: Three straight losses in early December put the southerners in a tough spot, but since then the club has taken five out of nine points including a draw against Arsenal. Brighton is in good shape when it comes to staying up, currently sitting in 13th place with 26 points. But just 10 points above the drop zone, Brighton will likely need three more wins or so to guarantee safety. A draw here will feel like a victory.