Brighton look for their first points of the new Premier League season when they host Manchester United while the Red Devils will hope to continue their winning form after the win against Leicester last week.
Brighton opened their second season in the Premier League with a disappointing showing at Vicarage Road as they lost 2-0 to Watford United, on the other hand, United had a comfortable 2-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford.
Brighton who comfortably survived relegation the last term produced one of the dull performances of last week after they failed to register a single shot on target in their opener.
Brighton ended the campaign with the worst away record in the top flight, picking up just 11 points from their 19 games and winning twice the last term and as usual their winless away run stretched to a 14th match last week following the defeat.
However, Chris Hughton boasts a good record at home which was instrumental of their safety last season. His side were the eighth-best in the division on home turf in 2017/18, losing just four at the Amex and winning seven. The last term United faced them over their ground they ended up winning 1-0 up but with the season just uncovered and his team looks a bit unsettled Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils will be keen to overcome that defeat and make the best possible start to their Premier League title charge by making more progress after Leicester Game.
Coming off the back of a turbulent pre-season campaign both on and off the field, Jose Mourinho was clearly happy with the goal scorer Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw’s performance and the Portuguese will be hoping to expect the same rhythm again today in the away fixture.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United Team news:
Brighton will be without their captain Bruno, who injured a hamstring during the defeat at Watford while Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are expected to miss the game with injuries. Hughton signed several players this term, breaking the club record transfer fee by bringing in last season’s top Eredivisie scorer Alireza Jahanbakhsh and adding to that with Yves Bissouma, Bernardo, Martin Montoya, Florin Andone, David Button, and Dan Burn.
But of the new signings, only Bernardo started at Watford last weekend, with Jahanbakhsh and Bissouma making their club debuts off the bench. However, on Sunday, Hughton is also expected to make several changes and Jahanbakhsh and Bissouma both are expected to start the game while their last season’s top scorer, Glenn Murray is assumed to retain his place in the forward line for his 200th league appearance in Brighton colours.
United, on the other hand, are expected to stick with the same line-up Morounho used last week only possible exclusion could be Rashford and Sanchez. Following Lukaku’s full return to match fitness, the Belgian top scorer is anticipated to start the game ahead of Rashford while as per some reports, Sanchez has been left at home for some reasons, and in his place, Anthony Martial could start at the left wing.
Paul Pogba captained United to victory in the last game and he could lead the club again in the midfield alongside Pereira and Fred.
Luke Shaw merits another chance at left-back after scoring his first senior goal last weekend while Mourinho may fancy starting Young at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian.
Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Sergio Romero are understood to be the visitors’ other absentees however world cupperJesse Lingard is expected to return in the squad after missing out last game.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United possible line-up:
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Bissouma, March; Gross; Murray
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Pereira, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Martial
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United Stats:
Brighton have won their last two home league games against Manchester United. (1-0 in November 1982, 1-0 in May 2018).
Brighton were unbeaten in their four home Premier League games played on a Sunday last season (W2 D2). Meanwhile, Man Utd have lost four of their last five away league games played on Sunday (W1).
In all competitions, Manchester United’s last away win against Brighton came in April 1982 (D1 L2 since), winning 1-0 thanks to a Ray Wilkins goal.
Manchester United failed to score in their last two away league games of 2017-18, including a 0-1 loss at Brighton. They last went three without a goal on the road in the Premier League in April 2005.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United recent form:
Recent form in Premier League: L
Recent form (including pre-season): DLDDWL
Recent form in Premier League: W
Recent form (including pre-season): DDLWLW
Betting odds: (Subject to change)
United to win 1-0: 5/1
1-1 draw: 5/1
Sanchez to score first: 7/2
Pogba to score anytime: 12/5
Brighton to win 1-0: 10/1
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