After booking their place in the FA Cup semi-finals, Manchester United return to Premier League action away to Brighton.
Amex Stadium, Hove, England
Key Stat: Manchester United have stretched their unbeaten run to 14 in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have continued their resurgent form since football restarted, including booking their place in the FA Cup semi-final. They can stay on track in their bid for European qualification with another win in this game against Brighton, despite the Seagulls' return to form.
Youngsters Alexis Mac Allister and Tariq Lamptey both started for the first time as Graham Potter rotated his squad last time out. The Seagulls’ more senior player could return this time after a week off. Adam Webster was taken off as a precaution against Leicester and Shane Duffy may start ahead of him.
Brighton have drawn five of their last seven matches in all competitions and have taken four points from their two games back, against Arsenal and Leicester. Lewis Dunk and Neil Maupay scored as they came from behind to beat Arsenal before a goalless draw at Leicester.
Defenders:Martin Montoya, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn
Midfielders:Yves Bissouma, Davy Propper, Pascal Gross
Forwards:Solly March, Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard
Manchester United have profited from the break to get back to full strength, but they may be forced into some changes this time after a gruelling two hours against Norwich. David de Gea, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba could all start.
A draw with Spurs thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty, a 3-0 win at home to Sheffield United courtesy of Anthony Martial’s hat-trick and a 2-1 win after extra time in the FA Cup at Norwich – Odion Ighalo giving them the lead and Harry Maguire converting the late winner – mean United are now unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions.
Goalkeeper:David de Gea
Defenders:Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Midfielders:Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Paul Pogba, Brandon Williams
Forwards:Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial
Brighton earned consecutive wins against Manchester United, at the end of the 2017-18 season and the start of the following season. United have won both matches since, at Old Trafford, but this is their first meeting at the Amex since. This year’s match saw Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford score in United’s 3-1 win, with Lewis Dunk scoring Brighton’s goal. Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Nov 10, 2019: Manchester United 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Jan 19, 2019: Manchester United 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Aug 19, 2018: Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester United
May 04, 2018: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Manchester United
Mar 17, 2018: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Four points against Arsenal and Leicester mark a successful return to action for Brighton, but the fixtures get no easier.
They may have beaten Manchester United in both of their last two matches at the Amex – their only Premier League meetings – but the hosts are outsiders for this one.
United are unbeaten in their last 14 matches in all competitions and Anthony Martial’s hat-trick earned them a 3-0 win at home to Sheffield United last time out in the league.
A taxing extra-time win against Norwich in the FA Cup kept up their momentum and their regular starters will all be back for this game too.
Brighton may have some momentum of their own – and they have only lost one in seven, drawing five of those – but United have the attacking quality to make a difference.
Hone advantage has been less stark behind closed doors, so Brighton’s two previous home wins in this fixture count for little in the form book either.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are favourites for this one and with the likes of Martial, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes all firing they can win again.
Manchester United are odds-on favourites to beat Brighton, and can be backed at a best price of 3/4 with Bet365 and Betway to win.
Brighton have kept things tight at the back on their return but they do not score many either. Under 2.5 goals will return 4/5 with Bet365.
You can also bet against both teams to score at 5/6 with Betway.
Anthony Martial scored three in the last league game and he is 7/5 with Ladbrokes to score at any time again. Marcus Rashford is 3/2 with Ladbrokes.
Brighton have impressed on their return to action but they come up against a Manchester United side who have carried their momentum on after the break.