Kick-off: 2015, 30/06/2020
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Brighton and Manchester United will both be happy with their form since returning to action, but the Red Devils have just looked a bit sharper in our book.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League and get the nod to shade what promises to be a tight tussle.
Let’s go with 13/5 for an away win and under 2.5 goals in the game as our opening Brighton vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton have admittedly boosted their survival hopes with a couple of cracking results since this month’s resumption.
The Seagulls came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at this venue, with Neal Maupay netting a dramatic injury-time decider.
A goalless draw at third-placed Leicester also reads well, even if Maupay blotted his copybook by having a penalty saved.
Defender Tariq Lamptey believes the club’s efforts in lockdown are the reason behind their upturn in fortunes, having previously gone nine league games without success.
He told Sky Sports: “I think it shows the hard work everyone did over lockdown; when we got asked to do it, we did it. Everyone worked so hard in training and in general.
“The tempo has been high, we can go the full 90 minutes and we are doing everything the gaffer wants us to do. I think the training has showed in the game.”
However, although improving at the back, Albion have now drawn a blank up front in three of their last four fixtures.
Looking at the Brighton vs Man Utd odds, we like 3/4 for ‘no’ in the market on whether both teams will score, while 8/5 for an away win to nil also appeals.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Lamptey, Dunk, Webster, Burn, Stephens, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Mooy, Maupay, Connolly.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United had to survive an FA Cup scare when only edging out Norwich 2-1 in extra-time, but Solskjaer did make eight changes for that Carrow Road tie.
After Todd Cantwell cancelled out Odion Ighalo’s opener, it took a 118th-minute Harry Maguire strike to see off the plucky Canaries.
Reflecting on that victory, Solskjaer said: “I think the buzz and the energy that the win and a semi-final place will give you will help us.”
He will now hope his strongest line-up can show the kind of form produced in a dominant 3-0 defeat of Sheffield United in this competition.
The Red Devils had 68 per cent of possession when brushing aside the Blades and also controlled proceedings for long periods in a decent 1-1 draw at Tottenham.
Anthony Martial hit a hat-trick versus Chris Wilder’s men and is enjoying an excellent campaign, so 333/100 for him to score first completes our Brighton vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd line-up: Romero, Bailly, Maguire, Dalot, Shaw, Mata, Lingard, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Ighalo.
Leicester 0-0 BRIGHTON
Norwich 1-2 MAN UTD (AET) – Odion Ighalo, Harry Maguire
Head-to-head: Man Utd 3-1 Brighton, Man Utd 2-1 Brighton, Brighton 3-2 Man Utd, Brighton 1-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-0 Brighton, Man Utd 1-0 Brighton
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