Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Manchester United have only lost one league game, to bottom of the table Sheffield United, since November 2.
Expert Verdict: Manchester United going unbeaten in the league from Christmas onwards is the type of thing which football fans became accustomed to seeing during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge. Although the record may not count for much in the final standings this season, Solskjaer will be keen to continue the run until the end of the season to show themselves as a returning force. Brighton haven’t been strong this campaign but have had sufficient quality to stay just out of the relegation zone for the entire season.
Although this game pits 2nd placed Manchester United against 16th Brighton & Hove Albion, they have both taken 18 points from their past 11 games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aware that there is no chance they will catch Manchester City at the top of the table, but he will be keen to consolidate second spot and prove themselves as the best of the rest. Graham Potter’s side went into the international break with consecutive wins over fellow strugglers Newcastle United and Southampton and will see this game as a free hit in their battle for survival. The Premier League match takes place on April 4 and the live action at Old Trafford kicks off at 19:30 local time.
Defenders:Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Midfielders:Fred, Scott McTominay
Defensive Midfielders:Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford
Defenders:Joel Veltman, Ben White, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn
Midfielders:Pascal Gross, Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma, Leandro Trossard
Forwards:Danny Welbeck, Neal Maupay
The sides met back in September in an action packed finale which produced two goals in stoppage time including a winning penalty from Bruno Fernandes. The goal came after the final whistle had initially been blown, however, referee Chris Kavanagh then consulted with VAR to award United the penalty. In 25 meetings between the teams, Brighton have only come out on top on three occasions, although they did win successive games against United in 2018.
Manchester United are favourites and can be backed at 20/31 with 10Bet to win
Both sides to score and the game to end in a draw has been set at 17/4 with Betway
Bruno Fernandes is 5/4 with 10Bet to score at any time
Manchester United generally find a way to pick up three points at this stage of the season, but the opponents from the south coast will be no pushovers on this occasion. Expect Brighton to play with a confidence befitting their form over the past 11 games and we think they will cause United problems at times. Overall though, we expect the home team to run out winner.