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Brighton vs Manchester United: Seagulls must beware of the Pog

Brighton vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Sunday 19th August

What time is kick-off? 16:00

Where is it being played? Amex Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Kevin Friend

Brighton secured their Premier League status by beating Manchester United in May and have an early chance to repeat the feat this season.

A Pascal Gross header separated the teams when they last met and the 1-0 win meant Brighton were safe from relegation with two matches to spare.

The 2-0 defeat at Watford was a disappointing start to the new campaign but United are up and running after a 2-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford.

Brighton vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Brighton's home form was the key to them staying up, with only four of their 16 defeats coming at the Amex Stadium.

United lost on trips to all three promoted clubs so will surely not underestimate the same opposition this season after the trio all avoided the drop.

Jose Mourinho admitted the Seagulls were more motivated in last season's meeting but we don't expect that to be the case at this early stage of the campaign and United to grind out a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 win at 15/8 is the first of our Brighton vs Manchester United betting tips.

We also fancy United to repeat their bright start from last week when they took just three minutes to break the deadlock against Leicester so take United to win the first half 1-0 at odds of 11/4.

Paul Pogba hit the headlines once again with his post-match comments but from a betting point of view, the main thing is he was on penalty-taking duty and 4/1 for the France star to score in an away win is added to our Brighton vs Manchester United predictions.

First goalscorer tips

All does not seem well behind the scenes at Old Trafford between Pogba and Mourinho but he was handed the captain's armband against Leicester.

His penalty set United on the way to three points and with his confidence high after success in Russia this summer, plus the signing of Fred allowing him to get into more attacking positions, Pogba looks good value at 7/1 for the first goal.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Unlike team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez was able to recharge his batteries over the summer and should be able to hit the ground running this season.

His extra fitness should mean he plays the full 90 minutes too so we like 17/10 for the Chilean to get on the scoresheet at anytime.

Where the game will be won and lost

United were missing Sanchez and Lukaku due to injury in this fixture last season and Rashford failed to make the most of a rare chance to play as the main striker.

As our chance creation graphic shows, most of United's play comes down the left and Sanchez could be the key to them winning this one.

Three of Brighton's four home defeats last season came against top-six teams in Manchester City (0-2), Liverpool (5-1) and Chelsea (4-0) and United should have the quality to come out on top if their main men all feature.

Brighton failed to manage a shot on target at Watford and only one of their 10 summer signings was included in the starting line-up.

"I have no complaints with the result," said manager Chris Hughton. "I thought we lost to the better side in most departments.

"It's a concern. We can't have any complaints about new players settling in because, apart from Bernardo, it was last season's team. There are no excuses, the players who played know the system well."

Four of Brighton's next six games are against teams in the top four and arguably it is the hosts who go into this match under the most pressure but we expect them to remain without a point on Sunday night.

Team news

Brighton will be without captain Bruno after he injured his hamstring at Watford and could be replaced by deadline-day signing Martin Montoya, who is available to make his debut.

Romanian forward Florin Andone remains out with a groin injury, while Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo will not be involved as he returns to fitness following his involvement at the World Cup.

Manchester United have no fresh injury worries and Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia returned to training on Thursday but are not fit to be selected yet, while Mourinho was unclear on the availability of Jesse Lingard.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Brighton perform far better on home soil and produced a shock win against United last season. It does not seem a happy camp at United and with some of their World Cup stars not fully up to speed, we think the Seagulls can hold them to a draw.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football