Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion
England – FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Chris Hughton and his Seagulls will have a super tough task to dispatch the wounded giant on Saturday evening when they travel to Old Trafford to tackle Manchester United for the place in the semifinal of the FA Cup. They say that the wounded giant is usually the most dangerous one, and were about to check such statement on Saturday evening when the Red Devils will be hoping to recover from a shocking Champions league failure on Tuesday evening against Sevilla.
Nothing suggested such a scenario for Jose Mourinho and his men who have been enjoying a decent spell of form lately with three straight wins in the league (two of which came against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool). However, United’s defensive line has once again revealed plenty of holes on Tuesday allowing Wissam Ben Yedder to be hero of the evening at Old Trafford.
Man Utd have thus shipped a goal in all of last four games across competitions, but they will have a ni9ce opportunity to end such streak here against Brighton & Hove Albion who have been struggling for gaols on travels throughout the entire Premier League campaign. The Seagulls have lost 6 and drawn 3 of last 9 league matches on the road scoring only twice along the way. Given that they are now up against the league’s heavyweights in such an important clash, it’s really hard to see Hughton’s men on the scoreline on Saturday evening at Old Trafford.
The man who could make the difference is Romelu Lukaku who has bagged four goals for United so far in the competition (team’s by far top scorer in both FA CUP and Premier League).
Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Head-to-head
Manchester United have won 4 and drawn 1 of five home clashes against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The two sides have, however, locked horns just once since the 1982/83 campaign when the Seagulls have previously featured the elite class.
This term’s clash at Old Trafford has seen a narrow 1-0 victory for Utd.
Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Prediction
The Special One just can’t afford another failure here since the FA Cup is the only competition where he can lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Given that Brighton have really been struggling with the efficiency in the final third away from home in this term of the Premier League, we’ll go with Manchester United to keep a clean sheet as the main bet.
Alternatively, we’ll back Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 1.95.
Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Bet Tips
Manchester United to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72
Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 1.95