United travel to the Amex looking to put behind their opening day woes, but a compact Brighton side can make it a tensed affair in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off.
Premier League 2020/21
Date: Saturday September, 26th
Venue: American Express Stadium
Brighton were beaten 3-1 here by Chelsea in their first game of the new season, but goals from Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly saw off Newcastle last time out in the top-flight, a victory sandwiched in between a pair of League Cup victories.
This is the first of a double-header at this ground in the space of five days, with the two sides also facing off in the League Cup next Wednesday.
The Seagulls have won two of the last three against their opposition here, though they will be hoping to put a stop to a three-game losing streak against them.
After the humbling that was the 3-1 loss at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend, Manchester United returned with a bang in midweek, smashing three past Luton Town to put themselves in the right frame for this game.
They might have taken time to get going against the Championship outfit, but goals from Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood saw them ease through.
The Red Devils are huge favourites in the betting, but Brighton’s form makes them quite difficult to confidently oppose. Expect a tricky encounter come Saturday.
Yves Bissouma serves the second of a three-match ban on Saturday following his sending off last weekend. Dale Stephens remains a doubt for the home side.
José Izquierdo, Florin Andone and Christian Walton are all ruled out for the Albion side.
Tariq Lamptey is rated doubtful but Adam Lallana could return to the fold for the hosts.
Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are both ruled out for United.
Head to Head
In their last 23 competitive meetings, Manchester United have won an impressive 15 head-to-head clashes, with Brighton managing three wins. Five times have they shared the points.
Brighton last five competitive games: WLWWW
Manchester United last five competitive games: WWLLW
Manchester United, on paper are the firm favourites to take home maximum points from this affair, but it is worthy of note that their opposition Brighton have tightened up well in recent weeks, and will want to build on their newly-found form.
Graham Potter’s side have sprung surprises from United’s recent trips to the Amex and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them taking off points from them yet, which makes it a dicey call for an away victory.
A Draw-Man U win on the Half-time/Full-time market is 15/4 but you can be careful enough to back Under 2.5 goals which is 1/1 for odds.