Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

FA Cup Quarterfinal

BHA vs MUN MATCH PREVIEW:

After Sevilla knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League and Manchester City’s ruthless streak in the Premier League means the league title is heading to the Etihad Stadium, the FA Cup is the only realistic trophy that Jose Mourinho can target this season.

The voices are now starting to emanate from Old Trafford that Mourinho is not the right candidate to lead the club which has always played good attacking football. Under former Real Madrid manager, the 20 times English Champions look like a team that thrives on long-balls and corners. Against teams with some talents in their ranks, Mourinho’s tactics just circles around parking a big bus in front of opponent’s goal and a quick counter-attack.

Quite an aberration to what we all were used to see when Alex Ferguson was in charge of United.

The visitors, Brighton & Hove Albion, have performed beyond everybody’s imagination. Chris Hughton’s men are sitting at 11th in the table heading into this match, 7 points adrift of the relegation zone. So the Seagulls are not in an immediate danger of dropping into that dreaded zone.

Prior to their defeat to Everton in the last game, Albion recorded three consecutive victories and were on 7 games unbeaten streak.

 

MATCH DETAILS:

When: March 18th, 01:15 PM IST

Where: Old Trafford

Capacity- 79,994

 

Recent wins (Last six matches)

Manchester United – W D W W W L

Brighton & Hove Albion – W D W W W L

 

BHA vs MUN TEAM NEWS:

Manchester United:

Manchester United are without the injured Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, and Phil Jones here, whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a doubt with concerns over his fitness.

PROBABLE XI

Butland (GK); Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Stafylidis, Allen, Cameron, Ndiaye, Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Rodriguez

Brighton & Hove Albion:

Theo Walcott should be making into starting XI after getting a knock in the last match. But the Big Sam will definitely be without the services of James McCarthy, Maarten Stekelenburg, Elaquim Mangala, and Gylfi Sigurdsson who all are still out injured.

Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin aren’t fully recovered from their illness yet, whilst Ashley Williams serves the second of his three match suspension.

PROBABLE XI

Pickford (GK); Baines, Keane, Jagielka, Coleman, Gyeye, Rooney, Davies, Bolasie, Walcott, Tosun

 

 

Competition History-

Manchester United-  No First division title

Brighton & Hove Albion- 9 times English Champions

 

Head 2 Head- 133 meetings in official matches

Manchester United- 35

Brighton & Hove Albion- 64

Draws: 34

 

Key Players:

Manchester United – Allen, Shaqiri, Zouma

Brighton & Hove Albion – Rooney, Walcott, Bolasie

 

INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:

Manchester United are in dire need of three points and considering Potters will be facing the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool in three of the remaining eight fixtures, the game becomes a must-win match for the hosts.

For Brighton & Hove Albion, and Sam Allardyce, learning the trade of winning matches on the road could be started with a trip to bet365 Stadium against the struggling Stoke.

A Home Win looks a close call-

 

BHA VS MUN FANTASY TEAM:

 

NOTE: THIS BHA VS MUN MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.