Is Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool on TV, what's the team news, what are the odds?

Brighton will hope to extend their four match unbeaten run when they host Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 10:50 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:47 pm
Mohamed Salah on the ball under pressure from Yves Bissouma in Liverpool's 1-0 win against Brighton earlier this season. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Albion sit 13th in the table on 26 points and entertain a Liverpool side who lost for the first time in the Premier League this season in their last league match, 2-1 at Manchester City. They are still four points clear at the top with 17 games to go.

What time does Brighton v Liverpool kick off?

The game gets underway at 3pm from the Amex. Brighton's following two Saturday Premier League matches against Manchester United (January 19) and Watford (February 2) also both kick-off at 3pm.

Is the game on TV?

No. Albion are not on television again until the home match with Burnley on February 9. Liverpool's next live televised game is on January 30 when they host Leicester.

Highlights of Saturday's match will be on Match of the Day on BBC One from 10.20pm that evening.

What’s the team news?

Albion will hope left-back Bernardo is fit to play after limping off with a hamstring injury against West Ham last week.

Winger Jose Izquierdo has missed the last seven matches with a knee problem.

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh are at the Asian Cup with Australia and Iran respectively.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren went off with a hamstring injury in the Reds' 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wolves on Monday.

Jurgen Klopp said after the match at Wolves that he hopes Joe Gomez or Joel Matip can return to fitness before the match at Brighton but added there are no guarantees either will be ready. Midfielder Fabinho could partner Virgil van Dijk in central defence if neither are ready to return.

Adam Lallana missed the Wolves game with a 'minor' injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Who is the referee?

Kevin Friend will be the man in the middle at the Amex. He has refereed three Brighton matches so far this season, the wins over Manchester United, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Friend has shown 58 yellow cards and one red - to Brighton's Shane Duffy - in 15 Premier League matches this season.

The assistant referees will be Simon Long and Richard West, with Roger East the fourth official.

What are the odds?

Liverpool are firm favourites to win at the Amex and are 3/10 on SkyBet.

A Brighton win is 17/2 and the draw is 4/1.

Liverpool beat Albion 1-0 earlier this season and are 7/1 to win by the same scoreline. They are 33/1 to repeat last season's 5-1 victory at the Amex.

Brighton are 25/1 to win 1-0 and 28/1 to claim a 2-1 success.

Glenn Murray is the favourite to score first for Albion at 15/2, just ahead of Florin Andone (17/2) and Jurgen Locadia (16/1). Defender Shane Duffy has already scored four league goals this season and is 28/1 to open the scoring.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is 3/1 to notch the first goal, followed by Daniel Sturridge (7/2), Roberto Firmino (4/1), Divock Origi (4/1) and Sadio Mane (9/2).

Murray is 9/4 to score anytime for Brighton, ahead of Andone (5/2) and Locadia (9/2). Duffy is 8/1 and central defensive partner Lewis Dunk is 11/1.

Salah is odds-on to score during the 90 minutes at 5/6, with Sturridge 11/10, Origi and Firmino both 6/5 and Mane 11/8.