Manchester United vs Brighton
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first serious test on Manchester United bench as the Red Devils took Tottenham Hotspur beating them 0-1 away at Wembley on the previous Matchday.
Marcus Rashford’s fine strike made the difference in an eventful tie in London. David De Gea popped up as United’s saviour once again as he was just brilliant denying Spurs’ stars on multiple occasions during the affair.
Manchester United thus continued to be impeccable under Solskjaer who guided the team to six consecutive wins. Such a significant rise in form saw Man Utd move lock on points with 5th-placed Arsenal.
The top-four is now just six points away and the Champions League football does not seem as an illusion anymore in spite of a dreadful kick off to the campaign under Jose Mourinho.
United will have a nice opportunity to keep their stellar form going on Saturday when Brighton & Hove Albion come to visit Old Trafford in the 23rd round of the competition.
Manchester United vs Brighton: Head-to-head
Brighton claimed a 3-2 victory when the two sides met each other at the start of the season at The American Express Community Stadium in Falmer.
Brighton thus won last two league ties against the Red Devils, both at The AMEX.
Each of last four head to head games saw home teams snatching the spoils.
Manchester United won five and drew one of six H2H matches at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Brighton: Prediction
The visitors ended their four-game unbeaten run in all competitions with a narrow 0-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. They previously drew 2-2 to West Ham United away at London Stadium.
Brighton generally play much better in front of the home fans. They only scored nine goals for a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 7 defeats in 11 away matches this season.
Since the Red Devils kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, we believe David De Gea has what it takes to keep his net untouched here against the Seagulls as well.
In-form Rashford, Pogba & company should easily do the job at the other end and United’s comprehensive clean sheet win is our betting recommendation for this one.
Manchester United vs Brighton: Bet Tips
Manchester United to keep a clean sheet @ 1.80 (4/5)
Manchester United -1.5 handicap @ 1.80 (9/10).