Manchester United v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 15, 2019
Old Trafford - Premier League
Manchester United are looking to keep a good thing going as they welcome Brighton to Old Trafford in this weekend’s Premier League encounter. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first six games as interim manager, although he needs to put an end to Brighton’s solid record against the Reds.
Brighton have won the last two meetings between the teams. The Seagulls recorded a 3-2 triumph over United earlier this season, and beat them 1-0 last term. Both of those games were at the Amex Stadium though, with United winning twice on home soil last season - 1-0 in the league and 2-0 in the FA Cup.
Chris Smalling is almost fit again following a foot injury, although Marcos Rojo remains sidelined. He’s returned home to Argentina in a bid to freshen him up before a return to action. Alexis Sanchez enjoyed the same opportunity last month, although he suffered a slight recurrence of his hamstring injury against Reading in the FA Cup which makes him a doubt here.
Bernardo has an outside chance of being fit for this game, although Chris Hughton won’t be holding his breath on the versatile Brazilian. Jose Izquierdo is definitely out for the visitors through injury, along with Mat Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who are both on international duty at the Asian Cup.
Manchester United v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Solskjaer’s start in the Old Trafford hot seat was all supposed to be plain sailing, until they went to Wembley to face Tottenham. United returned to Manchester with all three points on Sunday though, after upsetting Spurs and the man strongly linked with becoming their new boss, Mauricio Pochettino. There was no upset for Brighton at the weekend though, as they predictably lost against league leaders Liverpool.
Although Tottenham pinned United right back in the second half, Solskjaer still showed his tactical nous in the first period by exploiting the space left by their hosts’ full-backs, which created the opening for Marcus Rashford’s winner. United won’t be concentrating as much on Brighton as they did on Spurs during their warm weather training break in Dubai, but there’ll still be a plan for how to beat the Seagulls with coordinated attacks.
That’s a far cry from the haphazard style under Jose Mourinho, where United’s attacking players often seemed lost in the final third. It also means the hosts start as heavy favourites in the betting, priced at 3/10. Brighton are 11/1, after they went down 1-0 at home to Liverpool on Saturday. That was their fourth defeat in seven Premier League games, with Chris Hughton’s side slipping down to 13th in the table. A point in this game would be an excellent result for the away team, with the draw priced at 19/4.
United to win to nil at evens
United have kept a clean sheet in their last three games, while David de Gea is back to his best after a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham, as he produced 11 second-half saves.
Rashford to score first at 9/2
The 21-year-old English forward has been trusted with leading the line since Solskjaer arrived, and he’s flourishing in the role with four goals in five Premier League starts under the Norwegian.