Premier League: Wednesday’s TV Football Preview

Liverpool welcome Brighton to Anfield looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row for the first time since September - one of five Premier League games taking place on Wednesday night.

Matthew Crist

When Brighton met Liverpool at the AmEx back in November, the game ended in controversy thanks to the awarding of a late and rather controversial penalty to the home side that ensured the points were shared.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was furious with the officials as they walked off the pitch and captain Jordan Henderson said he would like to see VAR scrapped.

Since then the Reds have suffered something of a dip in fortunes before a recent revival moved them back into contention for a second successive title after wins at Spurs and West Ham over the last seven days.

But if Liverpool are to win the Premier League once more they will have to rely on slips from leaders Manchester City, who head to Burnley looking to make it 13 successive victories in all competitions.

Also on Wednesday night, Leicester make the trip to Fulham having put together a five-match unbeaten streak on their travels, Everton will try and make it four away wins on the spin for the first time since 1985 and West Ham face Aston Villa as they continue to chase one of the four Champions League positions.

Burnley v Man City 18:00

Pep Guardiola Sean Dyche

Manchester City will be looking to become the first Premier League side since Arsenal in 2002 to win 13 successive games in all competitions when they make the trip to Burnley.

City have also won six successive away matches in all competitions heading into this game and could make it seven in a row for the second time in their history, though did make hard work of seeing off bottom side Sheffield United at the weekend, with Gabriel Jesus’s early goal proving enough in a 1-0 victory.

Less than two weeks ago  Sean Dyche’s side went to Anfield and picked up a 1-0 victory, ending Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten home league run, though they do have a miserable record in this fixture, having lost each of their last seven meetings with City in all competitions by an aggregate score of 28-1.

DRAW: 6.75
MAN CITY: 1.23

Fulham v Leicester 18:00

Brendan Rodgers

Leicester make the trip to West London having put together a five-match unbeaten streak on their travels in the Premier League though are two games without a win after being beaten by Leeds at the King Power Stadium at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Fulham head into the fixture at Craven Cottage now sitting seven points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand on 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.

Their plight hasn’t been helped by a terrible home record and the Cottagers are without a victory at home since November 2, a period which has now been extended to seven fixtures in all competitions.

DRAW: 3.50

Leeds v Everton 19:30

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

A 1-0 win at Goodison Park back in November means that Leeds can complete a league double over Everton for the first time since 1991 if they are victorious at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side come into this fixture on the back of an impressive away win at Leicester City last weekend and are now just four points behind their opponents coming into this fixture.

A home defeat to Newcastle may have killed off the Toffees’ momentum, but they have won four of their last five in the league, including each of the last three and not since December 1985 have the Merseyside outfit won four top-flight away games in a row, but Elland Road is not a happy hunting ground for Everton – having won just one of their last 37 top-flight away games against United.

DRAW: 3.65

Aston Villa v West Ham 20:15

West Ham make the trip to Birmingham looking for a victory which would keep the club in contention for the Champions League positions with the defeat against Liverpool bringing an end to a run of six consecutive wins to start the year.

Meanwhile. Aston Villa bounced-back from a disappointing defeat to Burnley by beating Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday night, a win that leaves them seven points off the top four with two matches in hand.

Villa’s home record has also improved in recent weeks, with seven points being collected from games against Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Burnley.

DRAW: 3.45

Liverpool v Brighton 20:15

Liverpool Firminho

Liverpool welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield on Wednesday looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row for the first time since September.

Following a 3-1 victory at West Ham United on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s men have climbed to third in the Premier League table after a miserable post-Christmas slump which saw Liverpool’s only win in seven attempts come against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

They may have won impressively at Spurs and West Ham in their last two outings, but at home, they are still to convince in 2021 and, after winning 32 of 33 league outings at Anfield, Liverpool now find themselves without a victory in any of their last three, taking just two points and failing to score this calendar year.

Graham Potter’s side have won two of their last three to build a seven-point buffer between themselves and the relegation zone, most recently overcoming Spurs 1-0 at the Amex on Sunday night.

They have also kept clean sheets in each of their last three league outings and could keep four in a row for the first first time ever in the top flight with another here, though history doesn’t favour the Seagulls in this encounter having not beaten Liverpool home or away in any competition since January 1984, losing 10 times and drawing twice in that period.

DRAW: 5.50

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