Man Utd v Brighton Betting Tips – AUSSIE SOCCER BLOG
When Man Utd left Spain with a 0-0 draw from their first leg Champions League match against Sevilla, some pundits cautioned that it was a bad result.
Jose Mourinho dismissed those concerns and criticism of the lack of attacking intent that his team showed in the first leg. The Man Utd manager was unable to deflect those criticisms on Tuesday night though as another poor performance saw his team crash out of the Champions League at Old Trafford.
While the 2-1 defeat has devastated Man Utd fans the world over and deepened the rift between Mourinho and the fans, it has only boosted Brighton ahead of their trip to Manchester on the weekend.
The Seagulls have moved close to securing their Premier League status in the last few weeks so can give their all to their FA Cup campaign. That should help ensure an end-to-end proper FA Cup tie.
Brighton All Set for Another Good Performance at Old Trafford
Whenever Man Utd and Brighton meet, especially in the FA Cup, a lot of attention will be paid to their meeting in the 1983 FA Cup final.
Brighton turned up to Wembley that day pessimistic about their chances having just been relegated from the Division One (as the top flight was known back then). However, they tuned in a battling performance against Man Utd to draw the match 2-2.
That match will live forever in Brighton’s history even though they would go on to lose the replay 4-0.
Chris Hughton will doubtless be drawing on the spirit of that match to motivate his players ahead of Saturday’s match but he can also draw on a much more recent match.
Brighton were huge underdogs when they visited Old Trafford earlier in the season in the Premier League but were unlucky to leave Manchester on the back of a 1-0 defeat. The Seagulls had several chances to score and it was only an away goal that separated the two teams in the end.
Routes to Profit From an Entertaining Match
We’re not sure that Brighton will have enough about them to improve upon that result and qualify for the FA Cup semi finals. We do, however, think that they will play their part in an entertaining match and that it will be a close run thing.
That leads us to a few bets.
The first tempting option is betting on Brighton with a two goal handicap at $1.75 with William Hill. That will give us a profit even in the event that Brighton lose, so long as they’re not beaten by more than one goal.
Second, make sure to bet on both teams to score which is surely too big at $2.25 with Sportsbet.
The last way to profit from an entertaining match is to take the $1.73 that Unibet are quoting on over 2.5 goals. The Old Trafford crowd won’t accept anything but an attacking performance from their team while Brighton certainly have enough to score a goal or two of their own.
Mata and Murray to Show the Value of Professionalism
Juan Mata is one of football’s nice guys. The Spaniard has grabbed the headlines for championing the charity in which footballer donate 1% of their salary and he plays the game with a smile on his face.
Mata is also a top class attacking midfielder who must have been disappointed to be placed on the bench against Sevilla. With the likelihood that he will be restored to the starting XI for the Brighton match, Mata is a good bet to score any time at $3.15 with BetEasy.
For Brighton, the most likely scorer is their veteran striker Glenn Murray ($5.30 with Unibet). At 34, Murray is having his best season in the Premier League and still harbours hopes of playing for England at the World Cup.
Brighton +2 goal handicap at $1.75 with William Hill
Both teams to score at $2.25 with Sportsbet
Over 2.5 goals at $1.73 with Unibet
Juan Mata to score at $3.15 with Beteasy
Glenn Murray to score at $5.30 with Unibet