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United too strong for Seagulls

United too strong for Seagulls

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The Premier League makes a rare appearance on a Friday night this week as Brighton take on Manchester United.

Despite being five points clear of the bottom three, the Seagulls have not won any of their last six.

The visit of the Red Devils marks the start of a frightening run of games to end the season, with Brighton still to travel to Manchester City and Liverpool.

United appear to have second place wrapped up and with the FA Cup final their only remaining key game, Jose Mourinho may look to rotate.

Brighton will be keen to take advantage and have a decent home record against the big boys in recent months, beating Arsenal and drawing with Tottenham.

Another victory from their final three games will pretty much guarantee their survival although they will have to improve on their recent slump.

A home win is 17/4 but under 2.5 goals in five of their last six does not bode well against a United team who, while not exactly being fluent in recent times, have found a knack of getting the job done, as seen in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.

An example of this was their 2-0 St Patrick’s Day FA Cup quarter-final win when the pair met at Old Trafford while they also kept a clean sheet in November’s 1-0 Premier League home victory.

Two points from their remaining games is all the Red Devils require to seal second in the table and they are 5/7 to get all three on Friday, with the draw 11/4.

However, they may well be without Romelu Lukaku due to an ankle complaint so Marcus Rashford could be handed a rare start. The England man is 7/5 to score anytime.

Brighton will have Davy Propper back from suspension and the Dutchman is likely to be the only change from last weekend’s 0-0 stalemate at Burnley.

United have won seven of their last eight in the Premier League, netting at least twice in all but the shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

Taking this into account and their previous joy against Brighton, another win to zero for Mourinho’s men appears likely at 8/5.

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