Brighton v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2018
Falmer Stadium - Premier League
Brighton prepare for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday, as they look to recover from an opening-day defeat at the hands of Watford. Jose Mourinho's side showed their ruthless effectiveness at dispatching Leicester City, and will expect to do the same this weekend.
Brighton pulled off one of the shocks of the season when the two sides last met back in May, by defeating Manchester United by one goal to nil. The Seagulls' player of the year Pascal Gross scored the only goal of the game, with a little assistance from goal-line technology, in an otherwise one sided encounter.
Chris Hughton will have to decide whether or not to hand starts to Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, with the two new signings making substitute appearances on Saturday's defat. With Soufyan Ahannach out until the new year, the left-midfielder space is in contention, although Solly March will be hoping to retain his spot.
Jose Mourinho has less of an integration job to do, with new-boy Fred already having started for the Reds, and Diogo Dalot yet to reach full fitness. He does, however, have to make a decision on when to insert Romelu Lukaku back into the first XI, whilst Nemanja Matic is suffering from an unknown injury and Anthony Martial has fallen out of favour with the boss.
Brighton v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Brighton may not have had the strongest start to the season, but Chris Hughton's team have shown in the last few seasons that they have what it takes to recover. This will be tested to the extreme limit on Sunday however, as they host a Manchester United that looked ruthless in their opening game, despite rumours of turmoil within the club.
There has been a lot of talk over the summer regarding Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba, not to mention rumours of a move to Barcelona, however, it was the French midfielder that took on the armband on Friday, and scored the opening goal. A highly motivated Pogba is certainly a worry for Hughton's side, with United's new signing, Fred, brought in to unlock the former Juventus man's potential.
This having been said, Brighton may be quietly confident, having won this fixture last season, despite retaining just over 30% of possession. Hughton will know that a repeat performance may be difficult, but he has the same players at his disposal, most of whom have had the summer off, unlike United's World Cup stars. This could well play into the home side's hands, who will require both mental and physical strength if they are to get a result.
Anything less than a win will pile the pressure on Mourinho, whilst a second consecutive loss for the Seagulls could have a dramatic affect on their confidence, early on in the season. Having set the tempo with the first game of the season, it will be intriguing to see how Manchester United follow their performance up.
Lukaku to score anytime at 11/8
The big Belgian had a top notch World Cup and a bit of rest will have done him good, although he'll be raring to get back to his goalscoring ways.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 4/6
Brighton will defend deep and look to hit United on the counter, with United yet to find their attacking rhythm.