Brighton and Hove Albion are on the verge of securing their survival but first, they need to delegate a difficult run of three games. They will begin this run with a home game against Manchester United on Friday night.
The Seagulls sit in the 14th spot with 37 points, which gives them a five-point advantage on the relegation zone. Brighton are without a win in their last six games, but they come into this game on the back of commendable draws against Tottenham and Burnley. These valuable two points could prove to be the difference for Brighton at the end of the season.
Brighton have been rather impressive at home this season and have lost only four home games in the league. Following this game, Brighton only have trips to Manchester City and Liverpool left in this season. The game against United presents their most realistic opportunity to add more points, and we expect a strong performance from them.
United come into this game on the back of a 2-1 home win over Arsenal. The Red Devils are almost certain to finish in the second spot, and there is not much left to play for them in the league. Jose Mourinho might decide to give opportunities to some of his youngsters in this game.
These two sides have already faced each other twice this season. In November, United needed an own goal from Lewis Dunk to claim a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford. Last month, these two sides once again faced each other at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarterfinals. United claimed a rather comfortable 2-0 win in that game.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Match Facts
Five of Brighton’s last six games in Premier League have ended with under 2.5 goals.
The Red Devils have lost only one of their last eight games in the league.
Brighton have the ninth-best home form in Premier League this season.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Team News
Midfielder Steve Sidwell is the only injury absence for the hosts.
Romelu Lukaku picked up a niggle against Arsenal, and Mourinho might not risk him with the upcoming FA Cup final with Chelsea. The likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Sergio Romero are also doubts.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Match Odds
Brighton have recently picked up a draw at home against Tottenham, and we are backing them to do the same against United. Our prediction of a draw is available at the best odds of 3/1 at Betfair.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Correct Score Odds
We are predicting a 1-1 draw in this game, and this outcome is available at the best odds of 13/2 at Bet365.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Romelu Lukaku is the favourite to score at his best odds of 10/7 at Unibet. However, there are some doubts about Lukaku’s involvement on Friday, and thus, we are backing Marcus Rashford at 37/19 odds at the same bookmaker.
For the hosts, Glenn Murray is available at 28/11 odds.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We are backing under 2.5 goals in the game at the best odds of 10/11 at William Hill.