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STAR PREVIEW Sat: Brighton & Hove Albion v Man Utd

Brighton & Hove Albion v Man Utd
Premier League
12:30 BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Extra / BT Sport Ultimate

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JUN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 0-3 Manchester United
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-1 Brighton
JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Brighton
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 3-2 Brighton
MAY 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-0 Manchester United
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

Manchester United’s season got off to a stuttering start with defeat to Crystal Palace and they could be in for a tough time against Brighton today. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men looked heavy and leaden footed when deservedly well beaten by Crystal Palace last week and that might not be the only time we’ll see them below their best early in the season – Solskjaer said openly before their EFL Cup tie against Luton that his squad ‘need four or five games to get up to the standard we know we’re capable of’ following a shortened pre-season.

United won that tie 3-0 after making ten changes and managing to give much of the squad more minutes, but they will need to have taken a big step forward based on what Brighton have done so far. The Seagulls, playing a more creative brand of football under Graham Potter, were unlucky to start the season with a 3-1 loss to Chelsea (won the shot count 13-10, only lost expected goals count 1.27 – 1.38 despite conceding penalty) but made quick amends for that with an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle last week.

Tariq Lamptey stole all the headlines when dominating on the right wing then but Leandro Trossard also excelled in the middle of the park whilst Aaron Connolly and Neal Maupay were a brilliant creative duo going forward, with both manging to get on the scoresheet in a comprehensive performance.

They certainly performed to a higher level than Manchester United did against Palace last week and whilst they eventually won 3-0, it took time for them to find their flow and the late arrival of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes eventually putting the seal on the win.

Brighton were arguably unlucky to lose their season opener against Chelsea and look overpriced against a Manchester United team that could be weeks off their best form – the 15/4 on them taking three points is worth chancing.

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