Liverpool take on Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday in a 8:15pm kick-off at Anfield.
The Reds need to win to keep the pressure on Manchester City ahead of the potentially pivotal title contending clash between the two sides on Sunday.
Brighton, meanwhile, will travel to Liverpool full of confidence after earning a crucial 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday to move seven points clear of the bottom three.
The Reds are odds-on 2/5 favourites to win the match, with the draw 4/1 and a Brighton win 13/2.
Given Liverpool’s impressive 3-1 wins at Tottenham and West Ham in the past week, I actually think Jurgen Klopp’s side are decent value to win here.
I was expecting them to be something closer to 1 / 4, so I’m happy to back them to beat a Brighton side which have lost four of their 10 league games on the road this season.
Despite their defensive deficiencies, Liverpool haven’t conceded more than once at home since the crazy opening day win over Leeds, so I’ll also back Brighton to score Under 2 Goals for a bit more juice.
With Kevin Friend officiating, I’ll also back Under 4 Cards for Both Teams Combined, with this landing in each of Friend’s last nine Premier League games:
Fabinho and Sadio Mane are unlikely to be risked ahead of Sunday’s match against Man City, with the latter usually representing good news for Mohamed Salah.
Mane did not start in either of the recent matches in which Salah scored a brace against Manchester United and West Ham, with the Egyptian scoring 20 goals in 21 of Liverpool’s last matches without Mane.
9/2 (Betfair) for the Premier League’s top goalscorer to score another brace looks a good price, then, especially with him on penalty duty. Friend averages one penalty every four matches across his PL career, yet has not awarded one since Salah scored from the spot against West Ham in October, so may be due one.
Roberto Firmino was rested against West Ham but has looked sharp lately, so 2/1 (Sky Bet) is a decent price for him to score anytime.
The only other bet which catches the eye is Yves Bissouma to be carded at 18/5 (Bet Victor). Both of West Ham’s central midfielders were booked against the Reds on Sunday, with plenty of central midfielders falling foul of the referee’s book against Liverpool this season, so Bissouma must be the most likely candidate given he has received six yellows and one red in his 18 league starts this season.
If Dan Burn starts I would also consider him at 4/1 (Bet Victor) given he will be in Salah’s zone, while 9/1 (bet365) for Nathaniel Phillips is a massive price given he has been booked twicein his five league appearances this season.