Key Stat: Manchester United failed to score in each of their final two away games of last season – including the shock defeat to Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Expert Verdict: While Jose Mourinho’s men were beaten at Brighton last season, they have managed to put a frustrating pre-season behind them by starting the new campaign with a win – and they can make it two from two by exacting some revenge on Chris Hughton’s side for last season’s loss.
Brighton & Hove vs Manchester United Prediction & Betting Tips
Brighton & Hove vs Manchester United Head-to-Head Stats
This is the 20th match to be played between the two sides, with United having won 12 of the previous 19. One of Brighton’s two victories came in the most recent meeting between the two, however, as Pascal Gross earned a surprise win at the Amex Stadium. Earlier in the year, Lewis Dunk’s own goal proved the difference at Old Trafford in a 1-0 home win and they returned to Stretford in the FA Cup quarter-finals, when the hosts won 2-0 thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
BHAFC vs MUFC Betting Tips
Brighton may have stunned United at Old Trafford last season, but Jose Mourinho’s men can avenge that defeat in their first away game of the new season.
United beat Brighton twice at home last year, winning to nil on both occasions, and that is more like what is expected from Sunday’s game.
Paul Pogba is already back in the side, while the return of Romelu Lukaku is a boost – he opened the scoring in last season’s FA Cup quarter-final against the Seagulls.
With their key players getting back to match fitness, Mourinho will expect his side to continue to put a frustrating pre-season behind them.
If they want to be a part of the title race this season of English Premier League, matches like this are simply must-win – and Brighton’s poor showing in defeat to Watford last time out should raise United’s expectations further.
Brighton also have players getting up to match fitness, including Alireza Jahanbakhsh, but the Seagulls are still big underdogs for this one.
Yes, they won this very fixture last season but United will have learned lessons from that and can not be overlooked for this one.
Man United vs Brighton Recommended bets with odds
Manchester United are odds-on favourites to win at Brighton, though the prices are quite generous considering the difference in stature between the two teams – 10Bet are offering 10/13 on a United win.
United won both home games against Brighton to nil last season and a United win to nil returns 8/5 with Bet365 and Betway.
Likewise, none of last season’s matches between these two saw both teams score. Betting against BTTS will return a best price of 4/5 with Betfair.
Under 2.5 goals – again as all three matches between these two finished up last season – is 7/10 with Betfair.
Romelu Lukaku’s return makes him favourite to find the net – the Belgian striker is 8/5 with 888sport to score at any time.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United Prediction
Manchester United put a frustrating pre-season behind them to beat Leicester last time out, and they will expect nothing less than a win at Brighton.