The race to qualify for European football next season is the focus on Thursday night when Brighton entertain Manchester United at the Amex Stadium in the English Premier League in an 8pm BST kick-off. We’re getting to the latter stages of the season now and Roberto De Zerbi’s side come into this after a 6-0 thrashing against Wolves and full of confidence. Erik ten Hag’s men are still battling for 3rd so both teams have plenty to play for. My preview of the big match is below.
Seagulls Flying High
After demolishing Wolves 6-0, Brighton have a chance of making qualifying for Europe this season. They have only played 31 league matches compared to others and so if they managed to grind out a win here, they’d be 6th in the league with Everton up next. It’s great motivation for the Seagulls.
Brighton have won half of their last 10 matches, with 2 draws and 3 defeats. At home, they sit 4th in the ‘form league’ in the last month with 3 wins and 1 draw and in the last 8 at home, they’re 8th in the ‘form table’ with 5 wins and 2 draws. They’ve scored for fun this season. The team must go into this match thinking they have a great chance after holding United in the FA Cup Semi-Final for 90 minutes before going on to lose on penalties.
United Finishing Strong
Manchester United would have thought the season was going to be a complete wash-out after the start of the campaign they had. Now, though, if they win this match, they will move up to 3rd in the Premier League and into the Champions League qualification places as well as an FA Cup Final on the horizon that is set to be played in June. At home, they’ve been very solid and haven’t been beaten in the Premier League at Old Trafford this year.
Away from home, it’s just 1 win from their last 4 matches on the road with 4 goals scored and 11 conceded. It’s also been 2.44 points per game at home over the course of the season whilst it’s just 1.50 points per game away from home. The goal difference is most alarming with +20 at home and -10 away.
These two played each other in the FA Cup and it ended 0-0 after 90 minutes. Eventually, it ended with the Red Devils winning on penalties. Prior to this, Brighton won the last 2 matches in the Premier League. A 2-1 away win most recently and a 4-0 thrashing last time they played at the Amex.
Brighton vs Manchester United Betting Tips
I can’t see any value in Brighton winning this one at odds-on. That’s a bit of a surprise to me despite the poor away record for Man United and Brighton doing so well last time out against Wolves. I think there will be goals in this and I think both teams should score. I’m going to take Brighton to win and BTTS. I think we’ll see a much more open match than the FA Cup Semi-Final.
Brighton to Win and BTTS @ 12/5 with Bet365
All odds are accurate at the time of writing.
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