Brighton & Hove Albion meet Liverpool at the AMEX Stadium in a huge Premier League contest.
Victory would see Brighton climb to third if Aston Villa lose elsewhere, whilst Liverpool can go second with a win.
Pervis Estupinan is ruled out for Brighton with a serious muscle injury which forced him to sit out their 2-2 Europa League draw at Marseille.
James Milner (muscle), Adam Lallana (unspecified), Julio Enciso and Jakub Moder (both knee) remain absent.
Liverpool will be without goalkeeper, Caoimhin Kelleher due to a knee injury suffered during training.
Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota are both suspended after the pair were sent off in last weekend’s defeat at Tottenhan, although they were eligible for the Reds’ Europa League win over Union Saint-Gilloise.
Cody Gakpo (knee), Stefan Bajcetic (calf) and Thiago Alcantara (hip) remain sidelined.
When is Kick-Off?
Brighton host Liverpool at AMEX Stadium on Sunday 8 October in a 2pm BST kick-off, live on Sky Sports in the UK.
- Brighton have lost just one of their last six league meetings against Liverpool (W2, D3, L1).
- Liverpool have won four of their last six league visits to Brighton (W4, D1, L1)
- Brighton are looking to record three consecutive wins over Liverpool in all competitions for the very first time.
- No Brighton player has been brought on as a substitute on more Premier League occasions this season than Joao Pedro (5).
- Coming into this matchweek, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has made a joint league high two errors which led to a goal this season alongside Fulham’s Tim Ream and Everton’s Ashley Young.
After their mauling at Aston Villa last weekend, Brighton didn’t look much better at Marseille on Thursday evening because their high-risk defence still continues to be easy picking, which is my biggest annoyance because their attack otherwise has been excellent.
Roberto De Zerbi therefore needs to find a way of shoring up his defence whilst ensuring that his attack continues to deliver, otherwise they could find themselves looking wobbly in what is likely to be a difficult game.
Liverpool meanwhile were certainly made to work for their win over Union Saint-Gilloise but they crucially kept a clean sheet, yet they will be without Jota here who will be a huge loss in their attack but the Reds do have enough depth to cope without him if they are again clinical.
Neither team though has a strong defence in the league at least so I do expect this to be closely fought and after winning twice here in January, Brighton will fancy their chances at a third consecutive win but I can see Liverpool somehow snatching a point if not the win.
Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool
Result: Brighton 2-2 Liverpool