Brighton-Manchester United: Preview, possible lineups, prediction

Brighton & Hove Albion will host Manchester United at Falmer Stadium in a Premier League match on Friday (IST). Brighton & Hove Albion had lost a few games but got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 6-0 home victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers, where Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross, and Deniz Undav each scored two goals, resulting in the team’s biggest Premier League win.

Meanwhile, Manchester United also returned to winning ways after their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday, beating Aston Villa 1-0 at home on Sunday, thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ winning goal in the 39th minute. The two teams previously faced off in the FA Cup semifinals last month, where they had a goalless draw after extra time, and United won after successfully converting all of their penalties.

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Brighton-Manchester United match preview

Brighton & Hove Albion are hosting Manchester United in a Premier League match, hoping to get some revenge for their FA Cup loss on penalties. In their last game, Brighton scored six goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Manchester United won 1-0 against Aston Villa.

Brighton is currently in eighth place, just outside of the European spots, but with positive results in their remaining games, they could climb as high as fifth, above Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. The team has a recent pattern of winning one game then losing the next one, which may worry some superstitious supporters, but they have only failed to score in one of their last 21 Premier League matches and have been strong on their home turf.

Brighton has won five out of seven Premier League home games in 2023 and kept a clean sheet in all of those victories. Manchester United’s fans will remember the last time their team visited the Amex Stadium, where they were defeated 4-0.

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Although Manchester United is currently in fourth place in the Premier League, with two games in hand and a two-point deficit to Newcastle United, they need to secure a Champions League qualification through their league position after being disappointed in the Europa League by Sevilla. The team has struggled away from home this season, with just two wins from seven Premier League away games in 2023. They lost to Brighton at home in August and were pushed all the way in the FA Cup semifinals a couple of weeks ago.

Brighton possible starting lineup:

Steele; Gross, Colwill, Dunk, Estupinan; Caicedo, Mac Allister; March, Enciso, Mitoma; Welbeck

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Shaw, Malacia; Casemiro; Fernandes, Sabitzer, Eriksen, Antony; Rashford

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Brighton-Manchester United prediction

Brighton has struggled for consistency since the resumption of play after the international break, losing three out of five games. However, they have managed to secure back-to-back wins against Manchester United in the Premier League, and are looking to complete their first league double over their opponents.

On the other hand, United has improved their form lately, remaining unbeaten in their last five league games and keeping four clean sheets. Although they avoided defeat in their recent FA Cup meeting, we may see a similar result due to injury concerns for both teams, possibly leading to a low-scoring draw.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Manchester United

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Date, kick-off time, venue

The Premier League match between Brighton and Manchester United is scheduled to kick off at 8 pm BST at the Amex Stadium on Thursday May 4, 2023.

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