2019-20 Premier League: Week 12 – Manchester United vs Brighton

Manchester United look to continue their upturn in fortune as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford.

A home win will send the Red Devils up to seventh whilst Brighton could go fifth with victory.

 

Team news

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Scott McTominay is a doubt for Manchester United after picking up an ankle injury during Thursday’s Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade. 

Harry Maguire also suffered a knock during Thursday’s game but could feature alongside Victor Lindelof, who could return from a back injury which kept him out of that match. 

Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Axel Tuanzebe (hip) are unlikely to feature but Paul Pogba (ankle) and Diogo Dalot (groin) are definitely out, along with Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah who are still recovering from knee surgery. 

Ashley Young is suspended whilst Nemanja Matic and Angel Gomes are absent with undisclosed injuries. 

Brighton will be without defender, Adam Webster due to an ankle injury suffered last weekend at home to Norwich. 

Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo are also ruled out with knee injuries. 

 

Form

Man Utd enter this match with one defeat in their last five across all competitions of which just two of those games came at home, where they have scored in every game at Old Trafford this season. 

Brighton arrive here off the back of two consecutive league wins for the first time this season, although the Seagulls have picked up just one point and one goal in their last four away league games. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Manchester United have won three of their last five meetings with Brighton, with all three victories coming at Old Trafford (W3, L2). 
  • Brighton are winless in 11 previous trips to Old Trafford (D2, L9), whilst scoring just twice in two of their last seven visits. 
  • Marcus Rashford is the only player out of both teams to hit the woodwork more than once, doing so on two occasions.
  • Harry Maguire has made 31 headed clearances, 14 more than Brighton’s joint top headed clearers in Dan Burn and Lewis Dunk.
  • David De Gea is yet to make a sweeper clearance this season for United.

 

Prediction

Man Utd currently look to be firing on all cylinders, which is a real positive now that Anthony Martial is back and if they continue to develop their attacking approach then this should be a comfortable win. 

Brighton however are a solid team in all areas so will be defensively tough to break down in the same vein that Bournemouth were last weekend, but I do fancy United to have learned from that performance and come out with a better game plan in term of breaking down a tough defence.

A draw therefore would be a great result for Brighton but Old Trafford seems to be their hoodoo so I am going for a Red Devils win.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Result: Manchester United 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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