9 January 2019
The gloom of losing in the Champions in an uninspiring manner to a lower side Sevilla, hangs around Mourinho and his men. Losing 2-1 was shocking, riveting and most unfortunately shameful especially as Mourinho’s tactics attracted a volume of peppery criticism. However, Mourinho and his men can’t stay down forever and cry over spilled milk. There is still the FA Cup to fight for and they must rightly win to take some pieces of the sorrow from the fans.
Although Brighton’s manager insists that his team’s foremost priority is remaining in the league comes next season, it wouldn’t be too ambitious stepping up his dreams a bit higher to pull another surprise on Man United in ousting them from the FA Cup. Chris Hughton would definitely relish the chance of reaching the last four in the FA Cup which inarguably remains England’s most coveted cup prize.
Brighton Albion is most likely to field a strong starting XI at Old Trafford. He has carried out rotation in his squad in the previous rounds of the tournament. He, however, remains without the services of winger Anthony Knockaert, (who is suspended after being sent off at Goodison Park) as well as missing long-Steve Sidwell on a long-term knee injury.
Looking at the figures, Brighton has lost 7 and drawn 1 of their previous 8 away FA Cup matches against teams in the Premier League. The last away win Brighton had against a Premier League team was the victory over Newcastle which happened far back in 1986. Looking further at the figures, Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in previous 10 FA Cup appearances across his Everton and Man United career. The only time precisely that Lukaku didn’t score in these last 10 games was when Everton played Man Utd for Everton in the semi-final in April 2016. Therefore we should be looking to see some goals from his and the full Man United side in general.
So should we expect the goals to come in? Yes, Ladbrokes is giving you 11/4 for Man United to win and for more than four goals to be scored in the match.
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