Huge top-four stakes will be on the line in a FA Cup semi-final rematch when Brighton vs Man United at the Amex Stadium on Thursday.
- Location: Brighton, England
- Stadium: AMEX Stadium
- Date: Thursday 4 May
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- VAR: Andy Madley
Brighton vs Man United: Match Preview
Premier League season will end on Thursday with an eye-catching fixture. Brighton & Hove Albion will be up vs Manchester United at the Amex Stadium, with both teams looking to get closer to their objectives for the campaign.
Brighton & Hove Albion continue to go from strength to strength under Roberto De Zerbi. And the Seagulls showed they mean business under the Italian tactician by walloping Wolverhampton Wanderers this past weekend. The 6-0 win helped the hosts remain in the top-four battle ahead of a few challenging fixtures.
On the other hand, Manchester United got a step closer to clinching a spot in the top four after a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
The game was a six-pointer in the top-four race, with Villa charging relentlessly through the table under Unai Emery. But the Red Devils are now on the cusp of returning to the UEFA Champions League with a few more wins.
Brighton and Manchester United have locked horns twice this season, with both teams racking up a win apiece.
The Seagulls beat Erik ten Hag’s men on the opening day of the 2022/23 season at Old Trafford before the Red Devils exacted revenge in the FA Cup semi-final last month.
Manager Roberto De Zerbi had to cancel his pre-match press conference on Wednesday because of an illness which may well keep him from running the touchline here.
As far as players go, right-back Joel Veltman limped off against Wolves and could miss out alongside Tariq Lamptey, Jakub Moder, Evan Ferguson, Jeremy Sarmiento and Adam Lallana.
Expect returns to the lineup for heavy hitters Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, Kaoru Mitoma and Levi Colwill, despite Brighton’s second unit shining in the 6-0 demoltion of Wolves.
Raphael Varane is expected to return at some point this season but Ten Hag has confirmed that the centre-back will not make it to this one. He’ll stick on the sidelines alonside Scott McTominay, Alejandro Garnacho, Lisandro Martinez, Donny van de Beek and Tom Heaton.
Most of the questions around United’s team will revolve around form. Aaron Wan-Bissaka impressed against Mitoma in the semi-final and could get the nod at right-back, while there will also need to be a decision out wide after Jadon Sancho’s underwhelming showing against Aston Villa.
Brighton vs Man United: Head to Head
The two teams have squared off 30 times across competitions since 1909, with 11 of these meetings taking place in the Premier League. United lead 20-5 overall and 7-4 in the league.
United have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven league outings.Brighton have had three wins in their five home meetings against United in the Premier League.
Brighton are unbeaten in their last four Premier League home games, winning thrice. They have kept three clean sheets and scored 14 times.
Brighton (4-2-3-1): Steele; Gross, Colwill, Dunk, Estupinan; Caicedo, Mac Allister; March, Enciso, Mitoma; Welbeck
Man United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Shaw, Malacia; Casemiro, Eriksen; Fernandes, Sabitzer, Antony; Rashford
BHA vs MU: Fantasy XI
Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Colwill, Dunk, Casemiro, Eriksen; Caicedo, Mac Allister, Mitoma, Antony; Rashford