Manchester United will bid to bounce back from Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Basel when they face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
United have a perfect Premier League record at Old Trafford this season, scoring 19 goals on their way to six victories in a row.
The Red Devils beat Newcastle United 4-1 in their last home fixture and are priced at 2/11 to see off another of the newly-promoted sides. Brighton are available at 16/1, with the draw on offer at 11/2.
Eric Bailly is in contention to return from injury after overcoming a knock, while Marcos Rojo could figure having returned to first-team action against Basel.
Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are United’s only absentees as they both continue to recover from injury.
United boss Jose Mourinho has been hugely critical of the treatment Jones received on England duty which led to him limping off after 25 minutes in the goalless draw against Germany.
Paul Pogba’s return to action against the Magpies sparked a more fluent performance from United and the French midfielder is worth an interest at 13/8 to get on the scoresheet this weekend.
Over two-thirds of United’s goals at home this term have come after the break and odds of 17/20 for the second half to contain more goals on Saturday look tempting.
Striker Romelu Lukaku returned to goalscoring form against Newcastle and he is available at 11/4 to grab the opener against the Seagulls. Keep checking current football betting for the latest match specials ahead of the game.
Brighton have exceeded expectations since their promotion from the Championship. Chris Hughton’s side are currently 9th in the table having won four and drawn four of their 12 games to date.
A 2-0 defeat at Arsenal back in October was Brighton’s only reverse in their last seven games, and their recent form away from home has been impressive.
Albion have won without conceding at West Ham United and Swansea City, but they are likely to find United a much tougher proposition.
Despite their recent victories, Brighton have scored just five away goals this season and their two games against top six sides this season (Arsenal and Man City) have seen them fall to 2-0 losses. A repeat of that scoreline is as short as 7/2 this weekend.
Pascal Gross has been one of Brighton’s most impressive performers this season, scoring three goals and setting up another five.
If the visitors are to spring a surprise the German midfielder could be their best hope for a goal and he is available at 5/1 to get on the scoresheet.
United have won their last three home games against Brighton without conceding a goal. The two sides last met in an FA Cup tie at Old Trafford in 1993 which the Red Devils won 1-0.
The last time that they were together in the league was in Division 1 back in the 1982/83 season. Brighton secured a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford during that campaign, and can be backed at 10/1 to repeat that feat on Saturday.
United have won 10 and drawn five of their previous meetings with Brighton and it’s difficult to see anything other than a home victory this weekend.
Dwight Gayle’s goal for Newcastle was the first time United have conceded at home this season and Mourinho’s side look a decent bet at 4/6 to win to nil.
United have been scoring for fun at Old Trafford, averaging over three goals per game in the league this term.
A home win and over 3.5 goals in the match is priced at 13/10 and that bet should give punters a big run for their money.
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