Manchester United, victorious in their last five Premier League matches, welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side will be looking to continue the indomitable form they have enjoyed since the Norwegian took over as manager from Jose Mourinho last month. Since Sloksjaer’s appointment, United have won six games in all competitions, and five consecutive Premier League games.
That makes the task for Chris Hughton’s Seagulls look daunting. They will feel encouraged by recent history, though, as the south coast outfit has won its last two Premier League meetings with the Red Devils. They did win just once in 18 previous encounters, though. The Seagulls have also failed to take any away points in 2018/19 against a team that finished in last season’s top six, so it could be a long afternoon in Lancashire for them on Saturday.
Manchester United vs Brighton Prediction: United 2-0 Brighton
Our prediction for this game is that United will enjoy a comfortable home win. We suspect that the final winning margin will be by two clear goals, and a 2-0 scoreline looks likely. Brighton lost 1-0 to Liverpool last time out, and facing two of the league’s big sides in a week is a stiff challenge for any team. The Seagulls will also be without Bernardo, who has a hamstring injury, and Jose Izquierdo with a knee problem, weakening them further. United have plenty of attacking power and should score at least twice.
Our recommended tip: United 2-0
Our featured tip for this match comes courtesy of Betway, who are offering tempting odds of 5/1 on our prediction of United winning the game 2-0. Those odds are slightly longer than the price on offer elsewhere, with 9/2 the odds on this result at William Hill, for example. So you can get some good value by betting on this market at Betway. As we have stated above, we expect United to score at least twice, given the attacking power they have shown in recent weeks, while Brighton may be tired after losing to Liverpool last week.
These two sides have met three times in the Premier League era, and Brighton have the last two of those games. Last season, United won the first league game 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to a Lewis Dunk own goal. The second game at Brighton’s Vitality Stadium was won 1-0 by the home side, with Pascal Gross scoring the goal. Gross was on target again in the 3-2 win the Seagulls enjoyed over United at the Vitality Stadium earlier this season. Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy were Brighton’s other goalscorers that day.
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Players to watch: Marcus Rashford & Pascal Gross
Marcus Rashford has been playing as the focal point of the attack for United since Solskjaer took over, leading the line from centre forward. The switch has suited him, and he now has seven Premier League goals to his name this season, along with six assists and three big chances created. He has hit 39 shots this season, with an accuracy of 59%. The 21-year-old has just scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time too.
Pascal Gross has scored for Brighton in their last two games against United. His team have won both of those games too, so it is probably wise for United to keep a close eye on the German midfielder. That goal against United was the German’s only goal of the season so far, and he has also provided one assist for the Seagulls. He has also created three big chances this season for his team.