Man Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion

Old Trafford - 7/8/22 - 14.00pm


Man Utd entertain Brighton on the Opening weekend of the Premier Season at Old Trafford starting another new era under Erik Ten Haag hoping to return to the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Dutchman has been backed in the transfer window bringing in Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia. Unfortunately for Utd much of the build up for the season has surrounded the future of Cristiano Ronaldo which seems to still be up in the air.

Pre-Season has brought about a mixture of results, they were unbeaten on the tour of of the far east and Australasia beating Liverpool (4-0) Melbourne Victory (4-1) and Crystal Palace (3-1) before a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. On the return to Europe they were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid and held to a 1-1 draw by La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano.

Ten Haag will make the big decision on whether to play Ronaldo before kick off but he will also be without Anthony Martial who has been in fine form in pre season scoring plenty of goals. Luke Shaw is struggling and Alex Telles has left for a season on loan at Sevilla so Malacia may make his Premier League debut and Alejandro Garnacho is named in the squad and looks one to look out for this season.

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Cristiano Ronaldo


Brighton have endured a quiet summer of incomings on the south coast with Julio Enciso the only notable player joining the club from Libertad in Paraguay, but he does come with an encouraging reputation and he will hopefully score the goals that Brighton have lacked in the last few seasons. Worryingly for Graham Potter will be the departures of Yves Bissouma and the expected sale of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea.

The Seagulls have had a productive pre season with victories over Estoril (4-1) Reading (2-1) and Espanyol (5-1) with a sole defeat coming in a low key fixture against fellow premier league side Brentford.

There isn’t too much to worry about with regards to players unavailable for Brighton with only Jacob Moder not fit too play and the only doubtful player is Alexis Macallister who has been struggling with a groin problem in the off season, other than that it will be a stable and similar starting line up from last season for Albion.

How will the seagulls cope without star man Yves Bissouma


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The first couple of weeks can sometimes throw up a couple of surprise results in the Premier league so value may lie away from the result of this match. 

As you would expect most of the pre match talk will be around Ronaldo and whether or not he will play so we will look elsewhere for a goalscorer bet and im gonna go for Jadon Sancho to score anytime at 6/5 with Mr Green, He wasnt at his best last season but he should really enjoy the more attacking style of play of Ten Haag and I expect him to have a great season and he can get off to a flyer here.

Despite not being at there best in recent seasons Utd have a perfect record at home to Brighton since the Seagulls entered the Premier League winning all 5 of the fixtures at Old Trafford. With the odds on a Home win too short to get involved with it might be worth looking at the Handicap Markets and I believe Utd could win this by a couple of goals so Im taking Man Utd -1 at 11/10 with Betfred.


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