Manchester United v Brighton Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions
March 14, 2018
Old Trafford - FA Cup
Its a repetition of the 1983 FA Cup final as Manchester United pursue their final chance for silverware facing Brighton at Old Trafford. The Seagulls have lost just once in their last eight games, and will look to take advantage of United's low morale following their defeat to Sevilla.
Jose Mourinho's side came out on top when the two sides last met, back in November. Despite dominating possession and having 15 shots on target, it took an own-goal from Brighton defender Lewis Dunk to break the deadlock for Reds.
Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind remain sidelined, but Paul Pogba should be fit to start, having featured only as a substitute against Sevilla. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who trained with, but didn't make the squad on Tuesday, may be in contention for a rare start .
Chris Hughton has a near full squad list at his disposal, with Steve Sidwell the only player certain to miss the game.
Manchester United v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Jose Mourinho's side suffered an unceremonious exit from the Champions League on Tuesday, losing to a Sevilla side that have 20 fewer points in their respective leagues. The manager has taken a lot of criticism for the defeat, from his player selection to his unwillingness to attack from the offset.
However, going into the FA Cup Quarter Finals, a win, whilst not fully redeeming, would take some of the pressure off Mourinho's back, and provide a much needed morale boost to the players. As a result, a strong starting XI should be expected on Saturday, with Pogba and Anthony Martial handed starts. Expect United to start fast and hard.
Brighton will be no pushovers however, with their last win coming at the Emirates against Arsenal. Chris Hughton has rejuvenated his side following a poor end to the year, and they, once again, look a tough side to beat. The Seagulls resurgence has tied directly with the form of Glenn Murray, with the veteran English striker enjoying an unprecedented goal run, with six in his last seven games.
Despite their goal average increasing greatly over the last six games, Brighton's defence appears not to have suffered. Their average number of goals conceded has remained just above one per game, as it was previously. In doing so, Hughton's side has ensured that his side will not only be safe from relegation, but will feel good about their chances to progress to the next round of the cup, regardless of their opposition.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 4/5
United have score two or more in six out of their last seven FA Cups games.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 7/2
Having suffered with confidence early in the season, Lukaku looks one of the few United players to be doing well at the moment.