After a dreadful opening game that Chris Hughton rightfully slated, Brighton and Hove Albion will want to make a much more positive impression at home. With Manchester United in town, they’ll be looking to make more positive headway after what was a really insipid performance last weekend from the Seagulls.
Brighton will be without a few players, with new signing Martin Montoya likely to miss out. Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will likely be sidelined too, meaning we could see Pascal Gross and Glen Murray paired in a 4-4-1-1 formation.
Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh will be involved too, with the Iranian doing little to impress on his club debut.
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United will have some more first-teamers back, with the likes of Ashley Young fit again. Luke Shaw started his season off with a first goal for United, and he’ll be looking to pair up with Alexis Sanchez once again down the left.
On the other side, expect Young and Juan Mata to combine, opening space in the middle of the pitch for Fred, Andreas Pereira and Paul Pogba to play in.
A United win feels almost certain. Brighton do not look up to the task of playing in the Premier League this season. Middling performances and an odd summer in terms of transfers makes it hard to be overly positive for the season to come for Brighton.
If United are to get some feelgood factor about their season, it’s going to start from wins in games like this.