Manchester Utd VS Brighton FA Cup Football League Match Score 23 April 2023
Brighton to Win
While Man Utd is certainly the bigger team of the two and the favourites to win this game, Brighton showed this season how dangerous they can be and that they can beat any team.
After all, Brighton beat Man Utd once this season already and we all remember them handing out a 4-0 trashing last season. With that in mind, our first Brighton vs Man Utd prediction is for Brighton to win and reach the FA Cup final.
Over 2.5 Total Goals
We’ve seen three or more goals in four of the last five h2h meetings between Brighton and Man Utd, which is the main reason for our second Brighton vs Man Utd prediction of over 2.5 total goals.
In addition to this, Brighton averaged 3.14 goals per game this season in Premier League, while Man Utd averaged 2.77 goals per game in the league so far, which bodes well for our prediction.The Inside Track brings you the best in betting tips and predictions ahead of the second FA Cup semi-final as Manchester United face Brighton & Hove Albion for the eighth time in the competitionManchester United will be looking to put their Europa League exit behind them as they look to secure a place in the FA Cup final when they face Brighton & Hove Albion in the second semi-final. Erik ten Hag was not impressed with how his side bowed out to Sevilla on Thursday but with injury concerns growing, especially in defence, a makeshift line-up is far from ideal in a cup semi-final.
Despite being EFL cup champions and sitting in the top four, it is the Albion who are the bookies favourites at 11/8 with Betfred while United are 15/8 and a draw is 5/2. The Red Devils are unbeaten against the Seagulls with five wins and two draws including replays.
But with injury concerns at the back, it could be a tricky afternoon at Wembley when they face Roberto De Zerbi’s side. The Italian has got the south coast club playing some wonderful football with plenty of attacking threats to think about and with United expecting a makeshift centre-back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw at the back, they could be in for a busy shift. United crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night and will look to bounce back on Sunday when they meet Brighton for a place in the FA Cup final.
The Red Devils have largely impressed this season under new manager Erik ten Hag – winning the League Cup and climbing into the top-four places.
But their hopes of winning a treble came to an end last night as they were thumped 3-0 by Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Manchester United now face a tricky FA Cup semi-final against in-form Brighton as they look to get their campaign back on track and lift a second trophy this season.
Despite losing Graham Potter to Chelsea at the start of the campaign, Brighton have enjoyed a brilliant run to move into European contention with a handful of games remaining.
Roberto De Zerbi’s side are seventh with nine league games remaining – seven points outside the Champions League spots.Merson has been impressed by Brighton’s form but expects 12-time winners Manchester United’s experience to show at Wembley against a side bidding to reach the final for the first time since 1983.
‘What a game this should be,’ Merson told Sportskeeda. ‘Manchester United’s defence has a few injuries and they’re up against Evan Ferguson and Danny Welbeck.
‘I think United will be more worried about the midfield, however, because Brighton pass the ball around very well.
‘Ferguson is a good player, but I think they’ll try to play the ball out to Mitoma on the wing instead of playing through the middle. Brighton slaughtered Chelsea last week, but they do have the odd defeat in them.Brighton open up the game and when they have the ball, United can stop them. But when United have the ball, I’m not sure if Brighton can step up.
‘United have plenty of experience at this stage – they’ve been at this stage too many times, while Brighton have never been there.
‘I wouldn’t be shocked one bit if Man United lose this game. I don’t like going against Brighton, but I’m going to back Manchester United this weekend, 2-1.’