By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 17th August 2018
Sunday 19th August
Stadium: Amex Stadium, Brighton
Live on Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
Brighton vs Man United odds
Chris Hughton’s men are 19/5 to win in the Brighton vs Man United odds, while their guests are 3/4 favourites to condemn the Seagulls to their second defeat of the new season and the draw is a 13/5 shot.
However, despite United’s comfortable match-betting favouritism, the correct-score betting has a closer-than-close 1-0 to the visitors priced up as the most likely final reckoning at 9/2.
The Old Trafford side’s odds are a 16/1 pick in the Premier League outright betting, despite the fixture list offering them a guilt-edged chance to make a bold start to the campaign.
Brighton vs Man United odds | team news
Jose Izquierdo may be given more time to get match fit after representing Colombia at the World Cup, while Jason Steele, Bruno and Florin Andone are others whose participation remains uncertain.
Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Sergio Romero and summer signing Diogo Dalot will miss the fixture for Man Utd, while Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are considered major doubts and Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones may not be match fit.
Paul Pogba played against Leicester at short notice and still produced a man-of-the-match performance despite coming off on the 67th minute.
The Frenchman should have more energy in his legs for his next outing and should start alongside the now fit Romelu Lukaku. The odds are Ashley Young will not be coming back in after Luke Shaw’s strong performance.
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Brighton vs Man United odds | betting tips and predictions
The Seagulls finished the 2017/18 campaign with fewer away points and more away defeats than any other Premier League side. Little about their appalling away travel sickness seemed to have changed on the opening day of the season.
Not a single shot on target did they muster in their 2-0 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Yet, abject as that showing was, it’s no reason to go steaming into the Red Devils in the Brighton vs Man United odds.
After all, the fact that Albion are still in the top flight suggests they must have been picking up points somewhere and that somewhere is their credit card bemonikered south-coast stronghold.
Just as hardly anywhere takes American Express, cashing in at the AMEX proved impossible for 15 of their 19 visitors last season – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester were the only sides to claim all three points there.
Arsenal and United themselves were beaten, while Tottenham were held to a draw. The 21/20 tip available about Chris Hughton’s men double chance in the Brighton vs Man United odds demands attention.
The Old Trafford side didn’t pull up any trees on their way to a 2-1 win over Leicester, when some had expected Jose Mourinho’s summer of belly-aching over transfer targets unpursued to be revealed as a masterful double bluff.
Even with Romelu Lukaku back in the starting line-up on the south coast, hopes that the Seagulls can avoid defeat remain high – they’re the only current Premier League side who were in the competition last season that the Belgian has never scored against.
Key players to watch
If Lukaku isn’t going to land his 5/4 anytime scorer odds, who can be entrusted with finding the onion bag or setting up one his teammates to do just that?
The hosts’ Pascal Gross has netted three and assisted three more in his last six outings at the AMEX, including tucking away a penalty against Spurs and the winner against United.
Each of that trio were the final goal of the game and he’s 9/1 to be last goalscorer in the Brighton vs Man United odds and that is our betting prediction tip.
For the visitors, Chris Smalling looks too large in the betting at 10/1 any time or 14/1 to be first or last goalscorer, given he’s bagged in three of his last five road games for the Red Devils.