Brighton vs Man Utd prediction 04/05/2018

Manchester United can wrap up a second place finish on Friday night with victory at out-of-form Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jose Mourinho’s side have won their last three in all competitions, including a 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium and a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

The Red Devils should have a nearly fully fit squad to choose from, though Eric Bailly has mysteriously been absent the past few weeks and Romelu Lukaku is a doubt with an ankle injury picked up last weekend.  In the Belgian’s place Mourinho would have a choice of Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial up front.

Meanwhile Brighton are winless in their last seven matches, losing four of them.  Chris Hughton may want another point or two to fight off any relegation concerns as the Seagulls start the weekend five points above the drop zone with three games to go.

The hosts haven’t been very prolific up front this season and this has been reflected in their two visits to Old Trafford this season – losing 1-0 in the Premier League back in November and 2-0 in the FA Cup in March.

Alexis Sanchez has found some form for United of late and is capable of hurting the Brighton defence, whilst the pace of Rashford or Martial through the middle would cause the slow backline some real problems.  The Red Devils have playmakers in Juan Mata and Paul Pogba to further unlock the defence.

Brighton shouldn’t cause the United defence many problems as one more clean sheet this season would guarantee David de Gea the Premier League Golden Glove.

I was expecting Manchester United’s odds to be  shorter than this so I really cannot argue with the price.

Best bet: Manchester United to win is 1.83 with Betfair

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