Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Buoyed by a 3-1 win over West Ham United, Liverpool will be looking to melt Man City’s advantage in the Premier League standings when they host Brighton at their Anfield. Sadio Mane was not missed at all in Sunday’s clash, with Mohamed Salah once again proving his worth. The Egypt international is likely to prove a handful for Brighton defenders as he has always been impressing in Sadio Mane’s absence.
Roberto Firmino is pushing for a start, while Gomez, Jota, Keita, Matip, and Van Dijk remain sidelined with injuries. Mane will be assessed ahead of the match. The Seagulls, on the other hand, did well to beat Kane-less Spurs thanks to Trossard’s goal, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the midweek clash. The likes of Andone, Izquierdo, Jahanbakhsh, Lamptey, and Welbeck are all out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Xherdan Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012.
Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage.
Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (Brighton):
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club were formed in 1901. The Seagulls welcome their opponents at Falmer Stadium and the capacity of Brighton’s home ground is 30,750. The stadium was built in 2008 and it was opened in 2011. The venue is known for commercial purposes as American Express Community Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion compete in the Premier League and they play in blue and white stripes. The colour of Brighton’s away kit is green. The club made it to the FA Cup final in 1983, but English giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils.
Brighton’s main rivals are Crystal Palace and the Seagulls have recorded 35 wins over the Eagles. Frank Stapleton, Martin Chivers, Joe Corrigan, Bobby Zamora, Mark Lawrenson, Bobby Smith, John Crumplin and Frank Worthington are notable footballers who played for Brighton in the past. The Albion is Preston’s yet another nickname.