Brighton v Liverpool Betting Preview
Brighton: League Position (Championship): 3rd, League Form (Championship): DWWWL
Brighton have had a fantastic start to life in The Championship and life at their brand new stadium, known as The Amex. Gus Poyet’s team have stepped up a level in class and taken the transition in stride, unbeaten in all competitions until defeat by Leicester on Saturday.
They have also continued their attacking approach to the game, playing swift passing football. Summer signing Craig Mackail-Smith has added to their style, and also brings a hard working ethic to their front line.
They have already knocked out Gillingham in the first round and Sunderland in the next round. Another Premiership team at their brand new ground comes in the form of Liverpool, and there is no chance Brighton will sit back and try to steal victory.
Brighton v Liverpool odds
Liverpool: League Position: 8th, League Form: DWWLL
Liverpool’s great start to the Premier League campaign has been blighted by two away defeats on the run. A harsh defeat at Stoke was followed by a humbling destruction at White Hart Lane by Spurs. Although they had two men sent off, they were being outplayed by Tottenham, which may lower expectations of a title assault and remind the players and fans about the challenge of securing a top four spot this season.
Liverpool have lost three of last five away games, but showed in the last round at Exeter that they will take this competition seriously. Reina, Skrtel, Adam, Suarez and Carroll all played, and with no European distractions this season Liverpool could take this competition seriously.
They will be without Skrtel and Adam after their red cards, Agger suffered a fractured rib and also Meireles (now of Chelsea) from the team that beat Exeter. The quality in their side is evident, so the motivation and the squad depth will be tested here.
Match Prediction: DRAW – 4.00 Betfred
It is hard to look past Liverpool in this tie. Although poor away from home, Dalglish’s side appear to be taking the competition seriously, mixing fringe youth players, with Premier League experience themselves, and established stars. Liverpool have only failed to score once in their last 38 meetings with lower league opposition in the League Cup, and with at least one of Suarez, Carroll and Bellamy likely to play they should be expecting to score.
Brighton themselves are an attacking side, and have scored six in their three home league ties this season, although also conceding three which shows teams are scoring there.
Brighton’s top scorer Ashley Barnes is at 10.00 with Ladbrokes to score first, and is the best value of all the punts on offer. An attacking side out to prove their quality at home will be on the front foot from kick off.
Over/Under: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.67 Stan James
First Goalscorer: Ashley Barnes – 10.00 Ladbrokes
Correct Score: 2-1 Liverpool WIN – 17.00 Bet Fred
Both Teams To Score – 1.75 Blue Sq
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