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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Impressive Liverpool are tough to oppose

Sadio Mane could spark a comfortable win for Reds at Anfield

Sadio Mane celebrates the first of his two goals in Liverpool's win over West Ham
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Brighton enjoyed a memorable 3-2 victory over Manchester United last weekend, scoring three first-half goals against the Red Devils, but the Seagulls may be brought back down to earth at Anfield.

Liverpool were well supported in the Premier League ante-post betting during the summer and layers are keen to keep them on their side on a match-by-match basis too.

The Reds are as short as 1-8 to claim a third straight win of the season after crushing West Ham 4-0 and grinding out a 2-0 victory on a tricky trip to Crystal Palace.

Manchester City have set the bar high for their title challengers but it's easy to see why Liverpool are rated the second-best team in England.

Their no-nonsense approach in the transfer market has certainly stiffened the spine of the team. Centre-back Virgil van Dijk, recruited in January, has been trimmed from 125-1 to 33-1 by bet365 to be the PFA Player of the Year after a couple of commanding early displays.

Goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Naby Keita have settled in well and Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality in reserve with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri on the bench at Selhurst Park and the versatile Fabinho back in the squad this weekend.

You won't get rich backing Liverpool at home in the league this season but the 4-5 about the Reds winning to nil is worth a bet.

The shutout against West Ham was their sixth consecutive home clean sheet in the Premier League and they won five of those games, including a 4-0 drubbing of Brighton on the final day of the season.

That result sealed an unbeaten league campaign at Anfield, where Liverpool also defeated Manchester City 3-0 in April's Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Brighton managed just two attempts on goal at Anfield last season and failed to muster a single shot on target in their 2-0 defeat at Watford in their first game of 2018-19.

They scored only one goal in their away fixtures against the top ten last term, picking up just 11 of their 40 points on the road.

The early signs are that there could be a similar chasm between their home and away performances this season and Chris Hughton is likely to be without key defender Lewis Dunk as well as Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone and Bruno.

Mohamed Salah dominates the first-goalscorer betting but Sadio Mane is a tempting price to break the deadlock.

The Senegal forward scored in his first three Premier League outings last term and is bidding to repeat that feat after a brace against West Ham and an injury-time strike at Crystal Palace.

Salah's 2017-18 Premier League scoring record was phenomenal but Mane matched the Egyptian's ten-goal tally in the Champions League and has looked sharp in front of goal this term.

Liverpool to win to nil
3pts 4-5 general
S Mane first goalscorer
1pt 19-4 Betway

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Team news
The Reds could name an unchanged 11 although Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are pushing for places in midfield.

Lewis Dunk (ankle) is a major doubt so Leon Balogun could continue at centre-back. Bruno, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone are also doubtful.

Key stat
Liverpool have kept clean sheets in their last six Premier League matches at Anfield.

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