FA Cup Brings Brighton To Anfield

Pleeeeeeeease let us win?...
Liverpool welcome Gus Poyet's Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield on Sunday for the 5th round of the FA Cup. The two sides have already met this season when the Reds got the better of Brighton on their home turf in the League Cup.

Brighton don't have any major injury worries and their two on loan players from Manchester City are expected to make their debuts; Abdul Razak & Gai Assulin.

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries but something that certainly slipped my radar was the fact that Maxi Rodriguez had picked up a foot injury? Apparently he's ok now though and may be in contention for Sunday's clash. Manager Kenny Dalglish has also dropped the hint that he might start some of the young uns.

The last time the two sides met Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt scored whilst an Ashley Barnes penalty gained Brighton some consolation.

Brighton were very strong in that game though and almost caused an upset for Liverpool. With the tie being at Anfield Liverpool can perhaps afford to be a bit more adventurous in their side selection but Brighton aren't going to be an easy side to beat on Sunday.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool haven't lost at Anfield in any competition this season.
  • Brighton haven't qualified for the quarter finals since 1986.
  • Liverpool haven't qualified for the quarter finals since 2006.

With Liverpool already at Wembley for the League Cup final how fantastic would it be to get one step closer to putting themselves there again? After Liverpool have knocked out the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City in both Cup competitions, you have to feel like they could take on anyone now left in the FA Cup.

The problem with Liverpool though is that Brighton are exactly the sort of side they like to slip up against. A minor mistake on Sunday could cost them the chance of qualifying.

If i could afford to have a cheeky punt on Sunday my money would be on Maxi Rodriguez and 2-1. I can't see it being a high scoring game and i think the occasion will be enough to spur Brighton on to score at least once. Liverpool's defence have been solid though and so i expect nothing more to be let in past Pepe Reina.

Enjoy the match folks!

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