The Premier League returns and we have a bumper Saturday in store with seven games from the top tier of English football. One of the traditional 3pm kick-offs is Manchester United against Brighton and Hove Albion, which we’ve previewed and provided our suggested best bets for your perusal.
It’s been a mixed start to the season to say the least for Manchester United (23/20) and Erik Ten Hag.
The Dutch manager has had to deal with a string of high profile incidents relating to first team squad members, as well as the on-off nature of the ongoing takeover bids.
On the actual grass the side has also been hit and miss, beating Wolves and Nottingham Forest, before losing to the North London pair of Arsenal and Spurs. Those mismatched results mean United are down in 11th spot and need to start finding some sort of consistency.
Their two wins did come at Old Trafford, however and Ten Hag will be keen to make the Theatre of Dreams a fortress which he can build his season upon.
Standing in their way on Saturday is a Brighton (2/1) side that continue to go from strength to strength in the Premier League.
Roberto De Zerbi came in at a difficult period following Graham Potter’s doomed move to Chelsea, yet has made the side even better for results and the viewing public.
Albion finished in the top half of the table and they have already demonstrated that they may even push for European football this term.
Expected wins over Luton and Wolves were tempered by a loss to West Ham United. However, De Zerbi & Co soon got the ship back on course with a wonderful 3-1 win over Newcastle last time out.
Now they travel to the north west full of confidence they can beat another ‘bigger’ team and continue their march up the league.
Ten Hag could be without as many as ten of his first team squad for this one, with new signing Sofyan Amrabat struggling with a back injury. Another new addition Rasmus Højlund, could be given his first start, after impressing from the bench against the Gunners.
Brighton have fewer injury issues, with only Jakub Moder and Julio Enciso confirmed absentees. Strikers Evan Ferguson and Danny Welbeck have niggles, however and will be game-time decisions.
Draw – 11/4
I was torn on this match, with the Seagulls in such impressive form against Newcastle and was tempted to go with them to pull off the shock.
However, despite the Red Devils off-field problems and their inconsistent start to the season, they have been extremely reliable in front of their home support.
All things considered, I’m going to sit on the fence here and take the draw.
Draw or Brighton Double Chance and BTTS – 6/5
My second selection is taking the draw again and then siding with Brighton, meaning only a Man Utd win would scupper us.
I’ve teamed that up with Both Teams To Score, which looks absolutely nailed on.
Albion are the top scorers in the Premier League and United have scored four goals in their two home fixtures.
We also have a great promotion running on Saturday which this match qualifies for:
Place an In-Play bet of £10 or more (at odds of 1/2 or greater) on any Premier League game on Saturday and get £5 in Free Bets to use on Sunday’s Football matches. (Credited by 12:00 Sunday)