There is a sense of cautious optimism around Manchester United heading into the new season, despite a disappointing transfer window to date.
Erik ten Hag’s first competitive match in charge of his new club will take place in front of over 70,000 at Old Trafford, but it’s not a straightforward fixture against a Brighton team who beat United 4-0 in May.
Both Teams To Score: Yes
Both teams have scored in three of Brighton’s last four trips to Old Trafford. While Ten Hag has added to the defence with the additions of Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia, weaknesses remain in the Red Devils’ back line.
Brighton are well-equipped to take advantage. Graham Potter’s side obviously scored four when the sides last met and were superb on the road last season.
The Seagulls failed to score just four times away from home in 2021-22, so it’s a real surprise to see BTTS as long as evens.
Total Cards: Over 3.5
Paul Tierney is in charge of this match, and only seven referees handed out yellow cards more frequently in the Premier League last season.
Both United and Brighton had discipline issues, ranking fifth and sixth respectively in total cards. There are several booking candidates in both starting line ups – at least four yellow cards is very likely.
Anytime Goalscorer: Jadon Sancho
Scorer of just three Premier League goals last season, Jadon Sancho might seem an unusual anytime goalscorer pick here. The England international was a far more reliable scorer during his time with Borussia Dortmund, however, and Ten Hag has prioritised Sancho in pre-season.
With a clear role and settled on the right wing after the dysfunction of last season, look for Sancho to start this season strongly. This is a decent price for a player who scored 38 league goals in just 82 Bundesliga starts.
All odds are subject to change