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Can Manchester United move back into the top 5 with win against Brighton?

Brighton vs Manchester United Preview 30/06/2020

29 June 2020 | Premier League | Preview
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Can Manchester United move back into the top 5 with win against Brighton?
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Manchester United qualified for the FA Cup semifinals at the weekend narrowly beating Norwich City 2-1 after extra-time. Now, the Red Devils turn their attention back to the Premier League with a game in hand.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side find themselves in sixth place and three points back of fifth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. Manchester United could return to the top five with a win on the south coast thanks to their superior goal difference.

Winning at the Amex Stadium won’t be easy. Brighton are in decent form unbeaten in three straight league fixtures. They took five of nine points from their last three league matches and will fancy their chances at home of a big win.

Brighton have collected 21 points from a possible 45 at home this season. Graham Potters team have recorded 19 goals while conceding 16 times. Their most recent home match saw them come from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1.

Solskjaer will have to contend with fatigue after his side played 120 minutes of football at Carrow Road. The manager may be forced to change his first-choice players although the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford did not start at Norwich City.

Manchester United’s upcoming league fixture list is far easier that Wolves. They face off with relegation-threatened Bournemouth and Aston Villa next and should secure a top-five finish ahead of Wolves.

If there is a problem with this Manchester United team it is playing away from Old Trafford. The Red Devils have recorded just 17 points from 45 possible on their travels which is just the ninth-best in the league.

Saturday’s FA Cup quarterfinal at Norwich City followed a similar trend as the club’s draw at Tottenham Hotspur in the league. Manchester United were slow and lethargic and lacked a cutting edge.

Brighton did win their last two fixtures against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium. Could an upset be on the cards?

In the six meetings these teams have had since 2017, Manchester United have dominated the series. They have won four of the six matches in all competitions including two straight wins.

Solskjaer’s team is far more talented and at this point in the season should rise to the occasion on the south coast. Manchester United have won to nil in four of their last five Premier League matches.

That trend should continue on Tuesday as the Red Devils claim a big victory in the race for the top five. Expect under 2.5 goals with a professional win to nil by Manchester United.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Manchester UnitedSouthampton
13/07/2020 20:00
1
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Norwich CityWest Ham
11/07/2020 12:30
2
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WatfordNewcastle United
11/07/2020 12:30
X
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LiverpoolBurnley
11/07/2020 15:00
1

England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool 93 35 30 3 2 76 27 49
2. Manchester City 72 35 23 3 9 91 34 57
3. Chelsea 60 35 18 6 11 63 49 14
4. Leicester City 59 35 17 8 10 65 36 29
5. Manchester United 58 34 16 10 8 59 33 26
6. Wolverhampton 55 35 14 13 8 48 37 11
7. Sheffield United 54 35 14 12 9 38 33 5
8. Tottenham 52 35 14 10 11 54 45 9
9. Arsenal 50 35 12 14 9 51 44 7
10. Burnley 50 35 14 8 13 39 47 -8
11. Everton 45 35 12 9 14 41 52 -11
12. Southampton 44 34 13 5 16 43 56 -13
13. Newcastle United 43 35 11 10 14 36 52 -16
14. Crystal Palace 42 35 11 9 15 30 45 -15
15. Brighton 36 35 8 12 15 36 52 -16
16. West Ham 34 35 9 7 19 44 59 -15
17. Watford 34 35 8 10 17 33 54 -21
18. Bournemouth 31 35 8 7 20 36 60 -24
19. Aston Villa 30 35 8 6 21 38 65 -27
20. Norwich City 21 35 5 6 24 26 67 -41

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