Manchester United will look to bounce back from another Premier League defeat last weekend when they take on another south coast side in Brighton on Sunday.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Brighton have only one win and four points on the road this season, with that lone win coming against bottom side Watford.
Expert Verdict: Manchester United are not the flavor of the month at all right now and aren't headed for Champions League football unless something drastic happens in their favor. With that being said, they are big favorites here given that Brighton just don't play all that well away from home. The Seagulls have soared at home recently, beating the likes of Spurs and Everton, but they won't soar to such heights against the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is missing Paul Pogba, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Luke Shaw, and Eric Bailly due to injuries, all of which are limiting some of his choices in midfield and in the back.
After a big showing in midweek against Partizan that included a goal versus the Serbians, you have to think Anthony Martial will be happy that he and his side will be sticking around to grace the pitch at Old Trafford. He’s been one of their best performers when healthy, and they need him to push on to be their best. Speaking of live wires, there is also Dan James to speak of. The Welsh winger has made an explosive start to life at his new club, and he’s going to relish the chance to continue that fine start here.
Manchester United have four wins and a loss in their last five matches:
3-0 home win vs Partizan Belgrade (UEL)
1-0 loss at Bournemouth
1-2 win at Chelsea (EFL Cup)
1-3 win at Norwich
0-1 win at Partizan Belgrade (UEL)
Defenders:Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young
Defensive Midfielders:McTominay, Fred
Attacking Midfielders:James, Pereira, Rashford
Graham Potter has injuries that are keeping out Bernardo, Jose Izqueirdo, and Adam Webster at the moment.
Having returned from injury a couple of weeks ago, Leandro Trossard could now be in for a start again for the Seagulls. He came on to change the game with Everton, and then he did the same last weekend at home to Norwich. He scored the opener and then set up the second, underlining his vital stature in the team. At the back, Shane Duffy will look to rediscover some of his old form. He scored last time out, but they will be hoping he can forge that strong partnership with Dunk that they seemed to once have not so long ago.
Brighton have three wins and two losses in their last five matches:
2-0 home win vs Norwich
3-2 home win vs Everton
2-1 loss at Aston Villa
3-0 home win vs Tottenham
2-0 loss at Chelsea
Defenders:Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn
Midfielders:Trossard, Propper, Stephens, Alzate
In 13 prior outings against Brighton, Manchester United have taken eight wins, two draws, and three losses. Here's a look at the last five results:
Jan 19, 2019: United 2-1 Brighton
Aug 19, 2018: Brighton 3-2 United
May 4, 2018: Brighton 1-0 United
Mar 17, 2018: United 2-0 Brighton (FA Cup)
Nov 25, 2017: United 1-0 Brighton
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Manchester United are at 4/7, a draw is at 14/5, and Brighton are at 11/2.
Manchester United will come into the weekend, the 12th of the season, in tenth place. By the time this match starts, they could be much lower given their late start compared to others. They have just 13 points from 11 matches, hardly good enough form to challenge for the top four. In fact, they are a full ten off the pace ahead of this match, an unacceptable number for such a strong perennial power. One win in their last five PL outings is one of the culprits for that lowly standing.
Brighton, meanwhile, are on a bit of a roll, and because of that they are two spots higher than United in the table. They sit in eighth on 15 points having won three of their last four matches. That accounts for three-quarters of their wins all season, so that is notable, to say the least. This was a side that had previously looked like relegation fodder, yet they have risen up. Consistency is the key, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain this run.
At home so far in the PL, United have taken just eight points from a possible 15 on the board. They have lost just once, but they have only won two of those matches, leaving them in this spot of bother. They have drawn consecutive home outings, though they do get a slight pass since those were against Arsenal and Liverpool. As for Brighton, their away form has been nothing to shout about. They have four points, via a win and a draw, in five matches. They have only one point in their last four matches, so this is not their strong suit.
Betfair have Martial scoring anytime at 2.2.
Ladbrokes have no for both sides scoring at 7/10.
While United have had a number of disappointing results this season, this would be among the worst should they not win. Brighton are better than they were a month ago, no doubt, but they are still lousy on their travels.