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At first glance this game doesn’t look all that exciting given both teams look reasonably comfortable in their league position.
However, Brighton do still have their work cut out in the relegation tussle given the form Fulham have showed, while Man Utd look much more comfortable in the Champions League spots with eight points separating them from fifth placed West Ham.
Graham Potter’s side have played some incredible football this term and on expected points alone they’d be up in fifth place in the table.
Of course, expected goals doesn’t get you very far if you can’t convert your chances and they’ve been made to pay for their lack of quality in front of goal, as they currently reside towards to bottom end of the table.
They have won back-to-back league matches now for the first time since beating both Spurs and Liverpool at the end of January and start of February though, and they’ll be gunning to take on another of the ‘Big Six’.
Man United To Win And Both Teams To Score
The league meeting between the two sides earlier in the campaign at the Amex Stadium was a controversial one, as Bruno Fernandes’100th-minute penalty gave the Red Devils a 3-2 victory that day after the final whistle had been blown.
Since the Seagulls’ promotion to the Premier League for the 2017/18 campaign, Man Utd have an advantageous W5-L2 record, though all the last four have seen both sides get on the scoreboard, with an average of four goals per game across the last five since 2018.
After last season where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men put in some serious performances against the better sides in the league, this season they have reverted back to the norm and have been picking up the majority of their points against the weaker sides.
Indeed, against teams outside the breakaway top eight, they’ve gone W10-D3-L1 dating back to late November, as both sides scored in eight of those.
In fact, eight of their 12 such victories this term have come when conceding too, and given Brighton have more than enough ability to get on the scoreboard, doing so in 10 of their 14 trips this season, the match result and both teams to score appeals.
Furthermore, only six teams have conceded more than the Red Devils on home turf this term, but by contrast, only Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring City have netted more the other end, and this has all the makings of a high scoring victory.
The only worry might be that Potter’s side can steal a result, but we’d take confidence in the fact that each of their victories over the Manchester outfit have come on the south coast, while against the ‘Big Six’ and Leicester this term, they’re gone just W2-D1-L7.