The Premier League’s back and the spotlight will be on Old Trafford when the Seagulls land on Saturday.
Manchester United vs Brighton
The club is going through a turbulent patch right now. Long-term injuries, player suspensions, player disputes, and the never-ending saga of the sale of the club – many would agree that this is a toxic environment, but football has to go on. The next two games are crucial. A trip to Bayern Munich in United’s Champions League opener, but Brighton will be a massive test without a doubt.
There’s a lot of negativity in and around Trafford, but there are some positives and that’s what manager Erik Ten Hag will hope to see prevail by the time the final whistle goes on Saturday. Rasmus Hojlund could get his first start at Old Trafford, along with Sergio Reguilon as well.
Brighton had a great start to their new campaign. Winning four of their three games and leading the scoring charts with 12 goals, they sit sixth on the table. Many believe Brighton could pile on the misery – given the number of injuries and suspensions to key players at United.
Skipper, Bruno Fernandes was in sparkling form over the international break. He contributed five times in two matches for Portugal (G2, A3). Pascal Gross could be tasked with tying him down, but he’ll be dying to get forward as the six goals he’s netted against the Red Devils is his best tally against any side in his career. Ansu Fati, the sensational signing from Barcelona is set to start and he could be the one to grab the headlines.
A tough game for the Red Devils and this could be a comfortable win for the Seagulls.
Newcastle vs Brentford
The Magpies began this season like a house on fire as they smashed Aston Villa 5-1. Unfortunately, that was their only highlight as they went on to suffer three consecutive defeats. Losses to Man City, Liverpool, and Brighton have brought some pressure on manager Eddie Howe, but he seems relaxed, and the hierarchy is backing him to get the club back on the winning track.
The Bees have yet to taste defeat. With one win and three draws, without suspended Ivan Toney, they’re looking good and could make life difficult for the hosts if they go on to grab an early lead. But that’s been the downfall of Thomas Frank’s men this season. Their points tally of six would be double that if it weren’t for surrendering leads in those three draws against Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth.
There’s a lot to be excited about as a Brentford fan considering their impressive away form. They’ve lost once in their last twelve outings, and they could make history at St James’ Park. Victory would see them win three consecutive top-flight away matches for the very first time in their history. This will give them all the motivation required to snatch a win, but it’s going to be difficult to see Newcastle fall at home.
Alexander Isak’s last four PL goals have all come at home, a run which came after scoring the winner the last time these two met in April. Brentford will look to Bryan Mbeumo to be their difference maker, with the Cameroon international in the form of his life having scored nine goals in his last ten games for club and country.
Tough game for Castle but they should pick up three points.
BE BRAVE AND GO WITH OUR SUPA DOUBLE
BRIGHTON & NEWCASTLE TO WIN @ 7/2
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