Manchester United will take their fight for a top-four finish to Amex Stadium this Thursday, where they face high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion.
The hosts are enjoying a remarkable campaign in the Premier League this season and are among five teams looking to finish in the remaining European spots.
They have seen some remarkable results this season but hit their most significant height last Sunday in a 6-0 thumping of Wolverhampton Wanderers. They achieved that result despite resting several first-team players and could have had even more if not for some iffy finishing.
Highly-rated head coach Roberto De Zerbi, who is leading the charge for Brighton’s first-ever European qualification, described it as an honour to work with his squad.
The Seagulls trail the top seven by just two points ahead of this round while retaining games in hand over their rivals ahead of this revenge match against a Manchester United side that beat them in the FA Cup semi-final.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will look to continue their march towards a top-four finish with another important win. The Red Devils kept their place in the top four with a narrow 1-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
So, a return to the UEFA Champions League now looks almost certain, with Erik ten Hag’s men needing just three wins to seal a return to the UCL.
They will be desperate to win this game against a Brighton side that have won three of the five Premier League head-to-heads played at the Amex Stadium since they were promoted (L2).
Yet, with just two away wins in the league this calendar year (D2, L3) and 31 out of their 39 goals conceded away from home, this could be another long night for the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Brighton have kept six clean sheets in their last ten games at home in all competitions. So we can expect a game of few goals.
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