Liverpool play their first Premier League match in 25 days as high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion make their new manager’s debut as guests at Anfield on Saturday (watch live, 10:00 AM ET). online via Peacock Premium).
Roberto De Zerbi will take over at the Seagulls following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, while Brighton play their first match since a 5-2 thrashing of Leicester City on 4 September.
It was the day after Liverpool drew 0-0 against Everton at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby that followed two consecutive victories for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool are currently four points behind fourth-placed Brighton; Both clubs have played six games each, one less than 14 other Premier League teams.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs Brighton.
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How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton live, stream link and start time
Start: 10:00 AM ET, Saturday
TV channel/Online: flow through Peacock Premium
Key storylines and star players
Are Liverpool ready to turn chances into goals at a more familiar rate? The Reds’ expected goals this season are close to leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, but the actual goal tally is in fifth place and somewhat inflated due to their nine goals against Bournemouth earlier this season .
Brighton, meanwhile, has to show he’s dealt with life since Graham Potter, as the De Zerby docs say things may not look so different. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk manager craves possession in his teams and creates chances as a boss the way you would expect from a former attacking midfielder.
Liverpool team news, injuries, squad options
QUESTION: Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee) OUT: Calvin Ramsay (lower back), Curtis Jones (shin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Naby Keita (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh).
Brighton team news, injuries, squad options
QUESTION: Enok Mwepu (illness). Out: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (shin)
The return of the Premier League after the international break, as usual, brings injuries, intrigue and a lot of questions “Who is good at traveling?” to our discussion of the Fantasy Premier League.
Instead of diving into the stats by analyzing the last part of this, let’s take a look at the first few weeks of the Premier League season and ask: who scores?
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And let’s also look deeper than the obvious answers; Erling Haaland and Gabriel Jesus were the real deal for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively, but who else is constantly losing decent numbers?
We will also ignore some penalty takers as Alexis Mac Allister certainly won’t be playing his season as regularly as he did at Brighton at the start.
Here’s All-Fantasy Premier League XI ahead of Week 9, but before that, how about a couple of captains and transfer options?
This week is marked by some bees that seem to have made people forget how unlucky they are and how lucky their owners have been in recent weeks…
Addition and/or captain Week 9: Ivan Tony, Brentford in Bournemouth, 7.3m
Addition, week 9: David Raya, Brentford in Bournemouth, 4.5m
Addition, week 9: Kyle Walker-Peters, Southampton – Everton, 4.5 million
Addition, week 9: Lucas Paqueta, West Ham vs Wolves, £6.0m
Captain, week 9: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool v Brighton, £12.9m
Captain, week 9: James Maddison, Leicester v Nottingham Forest, £7.9m
Nick Pope, Newcastle (5.2m, 38 points): After Newcastle failed to score a shot in a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest on opening day, the Burnley transfer made 30 saves in six more matches. He received bonus points twice
William Saliba, Arsenal (4.9 million, 44 points): Almost as many goals (2) as shutouts (3) for the CB.
Joao Cancelo, Manchester City (7.2 million, 42 points): Goal, assist and three bonus points for his managers.
Kieran Trippier, Newcastle United (5.4 million, 35 points): Same as Cancelu but with Newcastle.
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City (12.3m, 45 points): Two multi-goal matches, as many as just two goalsless games (and one of those was a 21-minute appearance).
Pascal Gross, Brighton (6.0m, 42 pts): Can he continue like this? It seems unlikely, but the midfielder, in fact, played for Graham Potter. Will it remain the same under Roberto De Zerbi?
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United (6.6m, 40 points): Still trading below 7.0m and listed as a midfielder. Please and thank you.
Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal (6.6m, 39 points): Arsenal’s quiet gem, he shows us why Mikel Arteta kept pulling him out of the game last season.
Alexis McAllister, Brighton (5.6m, 39 points): Pens don’t last forever.
Bernardo Silva, Manchester City (7.0m, 39 points): And to think he could go to Barcelona…
Erling Haaland, Manchester City (12.0m, 73 points): A real monster.
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (11.4m, 50 points): Derby day is just around the corner.
Ivan Tony, Brentford (7.3m, 47 points): How long can Brentford keep him? Full center forward.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.9m, 41 points): Will he be able to maintain this position in the Premier League as Fulham coordinator after visiting the center of Serbia.
Gabriel Jesus (8.0 million, 39 points): His heroism is well covered.
Arsenal vs Tottenham? Manchester City vs Manchester United? The pressure and intensity of the derby makes it even harder to pick the winners of Premier League matches.
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Making accurate Premier League predictions this season has been very difficult, and it hasn’t been made any easier by the fact that the big boys – outside of Manchester City – didn’t stick to the script.
Manchester United did not succeed, and then began to achieve.
Chelsea changed half of their team and then the manager, and remained outside the top four.
Liverpool played pretty well but didn’t score or win at their usual pace.
And Arsenal, well, Arsenal good.
Let’s dive into the Premier League for the week ahead.