Manchester United v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 23, 2017
Old Trafford - Premier League
Manchester United host Brighton this weekend, with the Red Devils looking to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat at Basel.
This season is Brighton's first ever in the Premier League, so you have to go back to the 1992-93 season for the last meeting between these two sides.
United came out on top in an FA Cup replay that season, following a draw on the south coast, and beat the Seagulls in the League Cup that season.
Brighton's last win over the Red Devils came back via a 1-0 win in 1982 back in the old First Division.
United are boosted by the return to first team action of Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic following long term injuries.
However they could ace a defensive headache ahead of the visit of Brighton, with Phil Jones ruled out with a thigh injury and Eric Bailly set to miss out with a knee problem.
Midfielder Michael Carrick is still out with a calf injury, and is not expected to be back in action until mid-December.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton is set to name an unchanged line up to the one that secured a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke City on Monday night.
Steve Sidwell remains the only first team absentee for Brighton, and the midfielder is expected to be out for another three weeks with a back injury.
Manchester United v Brighton Preview and Predictions
United shrugged off a 1-0 defeat away at Chelsea before the international break to record a convincing 4-1 win at home to Newcastle on their return to action.
Saturday's game offers an ideal opportunity to get fully back on track in the Premier League, and put pressure on the sides above them in the table - and a home win is priced at 1/5.
Jose Mourinho's side have proved to be ruthless against sides outside of the top four this season, racking up big wins against Swansea, West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Rafa Benitez's Magpies and this should continue this weekend.
The goal threat available to the hosts will give them a huge advantage, despite Brighton's relatively strong defence, and thi could be a high scoring encounter.
An over 2.5 goals bet looks to be a good option in this game, and it is currently priced at 6/5.
Manchester United to win 3-0 at 11/2
United know that they can afford few more slip ups over the course of the season if they are to keep up the pressure on rivals Manchester City and their top four rivals, and they should be able to comfortably see off Brighton. Despite a positive start to life in the Premier League, this will be a step too far for Brighton at this stage.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 9/4
Lukaku returned to form against Newcastle, netting his first United goal since September and he will be hungry for more this weekend. His physical threat and pace in behind will be a real issue for a Brighton defence that is lacking in speed on the turn.