Four days after playing out an instant Premier League classic, Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United renew acquaintances in an EFL Cup fourth-round tie at the Amex Stadium tonight.
The first episode of the quickfire double-header between these two sides has done a good job to whet the appetite for the sequel as Manchester United ran out 3-2 winners in incredible circumstances.
🏟 Match preview
Saturday’s was a game steeped in drama, with Brighton taking a deserved lead before the incisive Manchester United attackers turned the game on its head. That was just the beginning of the drama, though.
Solly March headed in a dramatic 90th-minute equalizer and thought he’d earned the Seagulls a point, but in an incredible turn of events Manchester United were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time, and Bruno Fernandes’ dispatch of that spot-kick proved to be the last kick of an incredible game.
While disappointed by the result, Graham Potter can be very pleased with his team’s performance on Saturday. They fully deserved a result and will head into this clash knowing they can more than hold their own, especially since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to rotate his squad.
The Red Devils rested many of their stars in last week’s win over Luton and the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood could be benched again here.
It was their ruthless efficiency in front of goal that won it for Man United at the weekend, and without them, they could struggle.
🔮 Likely starting XIs
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Steele; Veltman, Burn, Dunk, Bernardo; Propper, Sanders; Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Mac Allister; Maupay
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Dalot, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; James, Van de Beek, Lingard; Ighalo
🔑 Key betting facts
- This is just the second League Cup tie between Brighton and Manchester United, with the Red Devils winning 2-1 on aggregate over two legs in the second round in 1992-93.
- Brighton have lost their last five League Cup meetings with Premier League opponents, since beating Sunderland 1-0 in August 2011.
- Only once in their history have Brighton reached the League Cup quarter-final, doing so in 1978-79 before being eliminated by eventual winners Nottingham Forest.
- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four League Cup games, as many as they had in their previous 12 in the competition. Meanwhile, they’ve not failed to score in any of their last 16 League Cup games.
- Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been involved in 50% of Brighton’s League Cup goals this season, scoring twice and assisting one of the Seagull’s six goals.
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