Manchester United hosts Brighton & Hove Albion in round 18 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 15th at Old Trafford (Manchester)
Manchester United has not been particularly impressive lately. In the previous two matches, the team earned only two points. The Red Devils tied against such opponents as Burnley and Southampton (1-1). Of course, the team that claims to be in the TOP-4 should play better. Currently, Ralf Rangnick’s men are in fifth place in the standings with 40 points. The gap from the fourth line is only one point. If the Mancunians win the upcoming game, they will take a clean 4th place! Manchester United is the 7th team in England in terms of home results: six victories, two draws, and four defeats with a goal difference of 19-16. In the last six games at Old Trafford, the Mancunians won four times.
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Brighton earned three points in the last round. The Seagulls were stronger than Watford at Vicarage Road (0-2). One of the goals was scored by Neal Maupay, and it was his eighth goal in the current season. Graham Potter’s men have not suffered a single defeat in the last seven rounds (four victories and three draws). Such results allowed them to gain a foothold in 9th place in the standings with 33 points scored. Brighton shows far from the brightest football, devoting most of the playing time to defense. As a result, the Seagulls have 25 goals scored and only 23 conceded after 23 matches. In addition, 18 games ended with Under 2.5 goals scored. Moreover, Brighton suffered only one defeat in 12 away games: four victories and seven draws with a goal difference of 15-12.
Manchester United beat Brighton in the first part of the season (1-2). Seven last head-to-head confrontations between Manchester United and Brighton ended with Over 2.5 goals scored. The Red Devils have historically been successful in the home matches against Brighton. Now it is high time for them to remember this. But Rangnick’s men will have a very difficult time. Firstly, they are not in optimal shape. Secondly, Ronaldo and his partners do not always show their best at their native stadium. Thirdly, Brighton is too good on foreign pitches (only one defeat in 12 away matches in the Premier League). I think we will not see a large number of goals scored.