Manchester United v Brighton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Sat, 19/01, 15:00 Stadium: Old Trafford

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Given their superiority in personnel, recent performances and confidence, Man United to lead at both half time and full time is an appealing 5/6 with Bet365, whilst the same firm also has United 3/1 to win by two goals.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Manchester United welcome Chris Hughton’s Brighton to Old Trafford, with morale for the home team sky high following a run of six successive victories in all competitions. This leaves Brighton with the unenviable task of trying to get points on the road for only the fourth time this season away at Old Trafford. A fixture that barely two months ago would not have filled the away side with dread has suddenly been transformed with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviving the fortunes of the red half of Manchester.

 

United target seventh heaven under new manager

United under Solskjaer have been in red hot form, almost reminiscent of the great teams the manager himself played in. The style, swagger and fearlessness – all sadly absent under his predecessor Jose Mourinho, have suddenly been found from almost nowhere, making United genuine opponents to be feared and respected again. The renaissance of £89m man Paul Pogba epitomizes the approach under Solskjaer. A giant smile on the face of the Frenchmen is reflected in a recent flurry of goals and assists befitting of a World Cup winner, a stark contrast to the sullen and often marginalized figure he became under Mourinho. With a momentous 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur last time out, United can hardly be approaching this game in any better frame of mind as they look to extend their winning run to seven consecutive games.

 

Can Brighton address away day blues?

With just one away win all season alongside two draws, Brighton haven’t exactly been setting the world alight on their travels in the Premier League this season. In fact it is a testament to their home form that they have so far managed to steer clear of a relegation dogfight and give themselves an eight point cushion on the relegation places coming into this fixture. They can almost treat this game as a free hit, given the weight of expectation will all be on United to keep up their impressive run.



Reverse fixture in August gives Brighton a potential blueprint

The reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium back in August threw up one of the first surprises of the Premier League season, with Brighton roaring into a 3-1 halftime lead before running out eventual 3-2 winners. The first seeds of doubt that all was not well with United and then manager Jose Mourinho were well and truly sown, with Brighton’s quick movement and trademark menace from set pieces proving too much for United’s defence to handle.

 

Same again for both teams?

Both sides are not expected to make many changes from their previous fixtures. Brighton will look to the same blueprint employed against Liverpool in a compact 4-4-2 formation, looking to deny United space in behind and to play between the lines. With no transfer targets of any note currently linked to Brighton, manager Chris Hughton looks content to see the season out with the squad at his disposal.

 

United have several impressive options available if they wanted to dispense with the fluid 4-4-2 formation that brought so much success against Spurs with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez noth pushing for a place in the starting XI, whilst Juan Mata may also feature should United need to unpick a stubborn Brighton defence. The only decision will be whether they can dispense with one of their holding players such as Nemanja Matic or Ander Herrera to make way for the creative Spaniard.

 

An afternoon of pain ahead for the Seagulls

With a sub-par away record and coming against a team that has sky high confidence and a swagger about them, it is difficult to see how Brighton will escape with anything from this fixture. Even if they manage to contain United going into the final period of the game, the immense firepower on the Red Devils’ bench means they can change things up both in personnel and tactics, leaving Brighton staring at the possibility of a long afternoon of defending ahead.



Given their superiority in personnel, recent performances and confidence, Man United to lead at both half time and full time is an appealing 5/6 with Bet365, whilst the same firm also has United 3/1 to win by two goals.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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