Brighton v Manchester United Betting Tips: Can Utd keep their momentum?
Man Utd are favourites for the tie at 4/7 to win, with Brighton & Hove Albion at 11/2 and the draw at 11/4.
When they last met in October, United ran out 3-1 winners, in a largely one-sided game, where Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford scored, with Brighton’s reply coming from Lewis Dunk. You can back the same 3-1 scoreline tonight at 14/1.
Brighton are much stronger in defence than they are in attack, with 41 goals conceded so far this season – the same as fourth-placed Chelsea, which could mean we’re in for a low scoring game. You can back a Man United win with under 2.5 goals scored at 9/4.
Anthony Martial netted a hat-trick in Man United’s last league game, and can be backed at 13/10 to score anytime, or 13/2 to score two or more goals.
Neal Maupay is Brighton’s top scorer and scored a memorable winner against Arsenal ten days ago before failing to convert a penalty against Leicester. He can be backed at 3/1 to score anytime, or 15/2 to score last once again.
It required extra-time for Man Utd to beat bottom side Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday, and while many first-team players were initially rested for the match, the likes of Paul Pogba and Rashford ended up spending more time on the pitch than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have liked.
Bruno Fernandes also ended up playing the entire game along with Luke Shaw, which may mean the manager shuffles the pack against Brighton, with Pogba expected to start alongside Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park, with Martial and Rashford also likely to return to the starting line-up.
For Brighton, both Adam Webster and Tariq Lamptey picked up knocks against Leicester and may miss out tonight.
It goes without saying at this point, but Man Utd need to be winning games like these if they’re to qualify for a Champions League spot, with Chelsea and Wolves both winning all of their post-restart games so far. United remain five points behind Chelsea, but they could be targeting Leicester in third, who’ve yet to win since returning to action.
Going in Brighton’s favour tonight is the fact that they’ve beaten Man Utd in their last two home league games, last beating them 3-2 at the Amex Stadium back in August 2018.
While United have beaten Brighton at Old Trafford twice since then, the Seagulls will be holding out hope that home advantage comes into play, especially with a long trip to the south-coast for a United squad that played as recently as Saturday.
Brighton on the other hand have had a week’s rest since they held third-placed Leicester to a 0-0 draw and are making it something of a habit to frustrate bigger profile teams, drawing with both Chelsea and Leicester as well as both meetings with Wolves.
With six points separating them and the bottom three, Brighton are not quite safe yet, but they’ll be confident that they can keep ahead of at least three of the five sides below them.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication