BHAFC v BFC (16/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton return to the AMEX Stadium after 2 tough away games; they face a high-flying Burnley side.

Burnley Team News;

Burnley could have Ben Mee and Matt Lawton back from injury, but Stephen Ward is out alongside Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Dean Marney and Tom Heaton.

Last Time Out; BFC 1-0 SCFC

Burnley scored a late goal to steal the 3 points off Stoke in mid-week; Ashley Barnes the scorer in the 89th minute.

Top Scorer; Chris Wood (5)

Form; W, L, W, L, W, W

FACT; Burnley have conceded just 12 goals this season, a record only bettered by the 2 Manchester clubs.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell is the only absentee.

Last Time Out;

Brighton were beaten at Wembley by Tottenham; goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son were good enough for the home side.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

Form; D, L, D, L, L, L

FACT; The Seagulls had let in 13 goals in their first 14 PL games; they have let in 9 in their last 3 matches.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[2] BFC (2/4/16);

Brighton drew 2-2 with the Clarets in a pulsating match at the AMEX. Dale Stephens opened the scoring before Andre Gray equalised; Anthony Knockaert restored the lead just before half-time. Michael Keane though he had equalised with a header late into the game but it was cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk; replays showing it had in fact crossed the line. However, moments later Keane did have a goal awarded after he headed home a corner.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 10 of the 29 meetings between the sides, while Burnley have won 9 times. The Seagulls are unbeaten in the last 6 meetings, with the last 3 ending in draws. Brighton have scored in all but 1 of the previous 6 and have lost just twice in the past 10 meetings.

Burnley Likely Line-Up;

Pope;

Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor;

Cork, Defour;

Gudmundsson, Arfield, Hendrick;

Wood;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-0 Burnley

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THFC v BHAFC (13/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion left Wembley Stadium empty handed, after a 2-0 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur. Despite losing their eighth game of the season, Albion could reflect on a much-improved performance from Saturday’s defeat at Huddersfield Town, as goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son  gave Spurs all three points. Chris Hughton made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as Gaetan Bong, Beram Kayal, Tomer Hemed, Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo were introduced to the starting line-up.

Tottenham had their first chance inside the opening three minutes, Son Heung-Min cut inside the Albion defence and saw his shot blocked. After some early Spurs pressure around the edge of the Albion box, the Seagulls broke forward and Jose Izquierdo acrobatically shot over the bar after Ezequiel Schelotto headed the ball back across the box. Son continued to be an early threat for Spurs and was denied by Shane Duffy’s superb tackle inside the box. Serge Aurier then had a brilliant chance to break the deadlock for the hosts, but his shot was blocked by Gaetan Bong. Christian Eriksen twice saw his attempt deflected into the air, but Mathew Ryan was on hand to deny Harry Kane twice inside the box. Son continued to be a threat for the hosts and a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at the far post from Kane’s flick-on, but the South Korean shot over from close range. The hosts stepped up the pressure in the first half, as Erik Lamela was allowed time and space outside the box, only to see his curling drive go over the target. Hughton’s men did make inroads going forward though, and Shane Duffy rose highest inside the box to header Knockaert’s corner towards goal, but Hugo Lloris made a comfortable save. Spurs’ pressure paid off with 40 minutes on the clock in rather fortuitous fashion, as Aurier beat Izquierdo on the right-hand side and saw his looping cross-shot beat Ryan at the far post. The deficit was somehow kept at 1-0 when Ryan made an incredible reflex save with his left foot from Kane’s strike, before keeping out Son’s follow-up, which was ruled out for offside. The Australian shot-stopper then made another fine save moments later to tip away Erik Lamela’s effort. Knockaert was one of Albion’s main threats on the counter-attack and he played in Hemed, on the edge of the box, but the Israeli’s left-footed strike was easily saved by Lloris. Albion were enjoying a positive spell in the match and arguably should have been on level terms when Hemed latched onto a loose ball inside the box, but could only shoot straight at Lloris. Kane came close to doubling Tottenham’s lead with a low strike, before Danny Rose’s strike deflected over the target. Kane went within the inches of doubling the scores when his free kick cannoned off the post. The North Londoners did get their second goal to secure the points with two minutes remaining, as Son’s header at the near post from Eriksen’s free-kick took a deflection off Propper before beating Ryan. The game finished 2-0 to Spurs with Albion three points above the drop zone, heading into Saturday’s clash with high-flying Burnley at the Amex.

Tottenham Subs; Brighton Subs;

THFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Aurier (40), Son (87);

Att; 46,438 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Duffy

THFC v BHAFC (13/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham, on the back of their worst run in the Premier League so far.

Tottenham Team News;

Tottenham will have Davidson Sanchez suspended for the game, while Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama are sidelined; Erik Lamela could return to the starting XI after a year out with a hip injury.

Last Time Out; THFC 5-1 SCFC

Tottenham ran riot against Stoke on Saturday; Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen, a Harry Kane brace and a Ryan Shawcross saw them storm into a 5-0 lead; before Shawcross scored in the right end of the pitch.

Top Scorer; Kane (12)

Form; W, D, L, D, W, W

FACT; Harry Kane has scored 33 PL goals this calendar year; only 3 behind Alan Shearer’s record of 36 set in 1995.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell the only player out, while Anthony Knockaert is set to return to the starting XI after being dropped for the loss against Huddersfield.

Last Time Out; HTFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton lost 2-0 away at Huddersfield; a Steve Mounie double was good enough for 3 points.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

Form; W, D, L, D, L, L

FACT; Brighton have attempted the least amount of shots in the Premier League this season (135)

Last Time We Met: THFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (29/10/14);

Brighton bowed out of the League Cup thanks to Erik Lamela and Harry Kane goals at White Hart Lane.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 6 of the 24 games played against Tottenham, while Spurs have won 11. The North London side have won 5 of the last 7 meetings and have scored in every game in the last 13 matches played. Brighton’s last win was back in April 1983.

Tottenham Likely Line-Up;

Lloris;

Aurier, Vertonghen, Rose;

Lamela, Dier, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen;

Alli, Kane;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Tottenham 3-0 Brighton

HTFC v BHAFC (9/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon at the John Smith’s Stadium. A first-half brace from Steve Mounie had the hosts ahead at the break, and although Albion put in a better second-half performance, they left Yorkshire empty handed. Chris Hughton made two changes to the starting eleven that faced Liverpool seven days earlier – Markus Suttner replaced Gaetan Bong and Ezequiel Schelotto came into the side in place of Anthony Knockaert. There were also places on the bench for the duo of Sam Baldock and Uwe Huenemeier as Hughton rotated his squad.

The first chance of the game fell to the Seagulls, but Glenn Murray’s powerful header from Dale Stephens’ cross from the right was flagged offside – although it needed a good save from Jonas Lossl nonetheless. The hosts fashioned their first opportunity eight minutes in, as Mounie volleyed goalwards after Shane Duffy’s header had run loose – but Maty Ryan was down to his left well in the Albion goal to strongly parry the effort. With their tails up, the Terriers took the lead on 12 minutes – and it was Mounie who converted. Chris Lowe’s in-swinging corner from the right was flicked on by Christopher Schindler and the ball was bundled home by the unmarked striker at the far post. At the other end, a Pascal Gross corner was knocked down by Duffy but Stephens missed his kick as the ball ran loose. The hosts then doubled their advantage as Mounie scored again for the Terriers three minutes before the break. Ryan punched clear another Lowe corner but as the ball was swung back into the area, Mathias Zanka nodded it back across the box and Mounie had another simple finish from close range. Solly March replaced Schelotto at the break and the substitute was involved straight away as he laid the ball on for Bruno to cross at the byline – but Zanka cleared the danger before Gross then saw an effort well blocked. Davy Propper was the next Seagulls player to take aim from the edge of the area, but his volley sailed well over Lossl’s crossbar. Huddersfield’s captain Tommy Smith then delivered a cross five minutes before the hour mark, but as Tom Ince flicked the ball towards goal, Ryan did well to block before Bruno cleared. Ince and Ryan locked horns again soon after but once again the Albion keeper came out on top as he denied the midfielder at his near post. Jose Izquierdo then replaced Gross in Albion’s second change, before March beat two men before cutting inside and firing over. Izzy Brown made way for Tomer Hemed with 17 minutes left to play, then Ince fired across goal and over having beaten Lewis Dunk in a one-on-one from the edge of the area. Izquierdo’s low effort was easily gathered by Lossl, and Murray then curled one into the keeper’s grateful clutches on 80 minutes. Bruno misjudged a through ball to allow Ince to draw Ryan into another smart save, before Terriers boss David Wagner withdrew Mounie for Laurent Depoitre and then the lively Ince for Joe Lolley. Danny Williams was the home side’s final change as he replaced Elias Kachunga, and that was to be the last action of the afternoon. The result leaves Albion in 13th position, and next on the agenda for Hughton’s men is a trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

Huddersfield Subs; Brighton Subs;
Depoitre —> Mounie (85) March —> Schelotto (46)
Lolley —> Ince (87) Izquierdo —> Gross (63)
Williams —> Kachunga (89) Hemed —> Brown (73)

HTFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Mounie (12) (43);

Att; 24,018 (2,292 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March

HTFC v BHAFC (9/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Yorkshire to face a Huddersfield side, who are currently on the slide down the table after a superb start to life in the Premier League.

Huddersfield Team News;

Huddersfield will be without Michael Hefele, Jon Stankovic and Philip Billing, while Rajiv van la Parra serves the last of his 3 game suspension.

Last Time Out; EFC 2-0 HTFC

Huddersfield lost 2-0 away from home to Everton, thanks to goals from Giyfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvin-Lewin.

Top Scorer; Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy, Steve Mounie (2)

Form; L, W, L, L, L, L

FACT; Tom Ince has attempted the most shots by any player this season without scoring (32).

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell remains the only casualty.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 1-5 LFC

Brighton were given a PL thumping at the hands of Liverpool. Emre Can opened the scoring before Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time. Glenn Murray pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but a Phillipe Coutinho free kick and Lewis Dunk own goal added the gloss to the score line.

Top Scorer; Murray (5)

Form; D, W, D, L, D, L

FACT; The Seagulls have only conceded 7 away goals this season; a record only topped by Man Utd (4) and Chelsea (5).

Last Time We Met: HTFC [3]-[1] BHAFC (2/2/17);

Brighton lost away to Huddersfield 3-1. After Tommy Smith had put the hosts 1-0 up, Tomer Hemed equalised; before Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga added a 2nd and 3rd before half-time.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 22 of the 54 previous meetings between the 2 sides, while Huddersfield have won on 17 occasions. Brighton have lost just once to the Terriers in the last 10 games, which was their last meeting back in February; before that they had won 4 and drew the other 5. Three of the last four trips to Huddersfield have all ended in a 1-1 draw.

Huddersfield Likely Line-Up;

Lossl;

Smith, Schindler, Zanka, Malone;

Williams, Mooy;

Kachunga, Palmer, Ince;

Depoitre;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Huddersfield 1-1 Brighton

BHAFC v LFC (2/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion’s four game unbeaten home record came to an end with a heavy 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon at the Amex Stadium. A quick-fire first half double from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino was followed by another from Firmino three minutes after the restart. Phillipe Coutinho’s brace added gloss to what the hosts will feel was a slightly harsh scoreline, with Glenn Murray’s penalty which made it 3-1 getting Albion on the scoresheet. Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Gaeten Bong came back into the side in place of Markus Suttner, and Izzy Brown replaced Jose Izquierdo on the home side’s left-hand side. Liverpool had the defensive trio of Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno and Joel Matip absent, whilst Ragnar Klavan returned to the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Mohammed Salah seeing a close-range effort deflected behind and Firmino flicking a corner over the bar from the left-hand side. The Seagulls’ first chance of the game came on 16 minutes, Brown did well to work some space down the left-hand side and found Glenn Murray. The striker took a touch to set himself but could only fire high and wide from the centre of the area. Anthony Knockaert then twisted and turned on the right and crossed into the box, but Dejan Lovren beat Murray to the aerial ball to snuff out the danger. No sooner had Brighton established a foothold in the game than Klopp’s men were ahead. Coutinho delievered a corner from the right-hand side and Can rose highest to meet the set-piece in the area to head down the middle of the goal and past Maty Ryan. Within 79 seconds the Seagulls found themselves further behind. A quick Liverpool counter-attack saw Salah find Coutinho, and the Brazilian midfielder fired the ball back across goal for his fellow countryman Firmino who had an easy finish to double the visitors’ advantage in devastating fashion.  Dale Stephens did well to track Salah after the Albion had surrendered possession to Coutinho on the left flank. The Brazilian looked to divert the ball in-field to the on-rushing Egyptian but the Albion midfielder intercepted before referee Graham Scott brought the half to a close. There was a frantic start to the second half and Hughton’s men had a glorious chance to halve the deficit when Brown’s superb cross from the left found Murray in the centre. The striker met the ball on the half volley but Simon Mignolet blocked the effort – before another swift counter-attack saw Klopp’s men score a third.  The trio of Coutinho, Salah and Firmino once again combined and the latter finished off a free-flowing move from one end of the pitch to the other when he found the top corner. But the Seagulls got their reward for a bright start to the second period immediately afterwards. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was ruled to have pushed Shane Duffy in the back from a corner and referee Scott pointed to the spot. Murray stepped up cooly to convert the penalty into the top right-hand corner of the net and give the hosts a lifeline back into what was an entertaining and at times breathtaking contest. Hughton then made a double switch with just over 20 minutes left to play as Jose Izquierdo and Solly March replaced Brown and Knockaert on either flank for the home side. Murray volleyed wide after Duffy’s good knock down soon after the double change, before Ezequiel Schelotto replaced Bruno with 14 minutes of the contest remaining. Izquierdo played a slick one-two with Gross before being crowded out as he entered the area, but Liverpool soon scored a decisive fourth.

Coutinho fired a clever free-kick under the Albion wall having been brought down by Davy Propper and then added a deflected second off Lewis Dunk, for a fifth for the visitors putting the gloss on the scoreline for Liverpool, and leave Albion 11th in the Premier League table.

Brighton Subs; Liverpool Subs;
Izquierdo —> Knockaert (70) Oxlade-Chamberlin —> Salah (80)
March —> Brown (70) Solanke —> Firmino (88)
Schelotto —> Bruno (77) Grujic —> Henderson (90)

BHAFC [1]-[5] LFC;Murray (51pen); Can (30), Firmino (31)(48), Coutinho (87), Dunk (89og);

Att; 30,634 (3,015 Liverpool)

Albion MOTM; Knockaert

BHAFC v LFC (2/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton host Liverpool on Saturday at the AMEX Stadium, looking to break a run of 4 straight draws at home.

Liverpool Team News;

Liverpool hope to have Ragnar Klavan back after illness, while Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne will be missing from the travelling squad.

Last Time Out; SCFC 0-3 LFC

Liverpool cruised to a comfortable away win at Stoke; Sadio Mane and a Mo Salah brace secured the points.

Top Scorer; Salah (17)

Form; W, W, W, D, D, W

FACT; Liverpool’s away matches have produced a league high 31 goals.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton hope to have Gaetan Bong back after he missed the game Tuesday, while Steve Sidwell will still be missing.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 0-0 CPFC;

Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw at home against rivals Crystal Palace.

Top Scorer; Murray (4)

Form; W, D, W, D, L, D

FACT; Chris Hughton has lost all 3 games as a manager against Liverpool; his Norwich side shipped 15 in the process (5-2, 5-0 and 5-1).

Last Time We Met: LFC [6]-[1] BHAFC (19/2/12);

Brighton were beaten heavily in their 5th round tie at Anfield nearly 6 years ago. Martin Skrtel opened the scoring before Kazenga LuaLua scored a thunderbolt of a free-kick to level the scores. Liam Bridcutt scored an own goal just before halftime to restore the Reds lead. Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, a Lewis Dunk own goal and Luis Suarez completed the scoring.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 4 of the 25 games played between the 2 sides, with Liverpool winning 13 times. Brighton haven’t won in the last 5 meetings losing 4 times, scoring 6 times while the Reds have found the net a whopping 17 times. The last league meeting was back in March 1983, and ended in a 2-2 draw.

Liverpool Likely Line-Up;

Mignolet;

Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno;

Can, Henderson;

Salah, Coutinho, Mane;

Firmino;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-2 Liverpool

BHAFC v CPFC (28/11/17) | Match Review

Brighton drew their fourth home game in succession following a 0-0 stalemate against Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium. Albion had chances to break the deadlock in what was a fairly even contest, but they had to settle for a point against a Palace side who have now taken four points from two games. Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Manchester United at the weekend, with Markus Suttner replacing the injured Gaetan Bong at left-back and Jose Izquierdo coming back into the team in place of Solly March on Albion’s left-hand side.

It was a tight opening in a red-hot atmosphere, with misplaced passes aplenty as both teams looked to settle into the contest. Maty Ryan was called into action on 13 minutes when he produced a superb double save to deny both Christian Benteke and then Wilfried Zaha on the rebound. The hosts’ first chance came when Lewis Dunk rose highest to head Bruno’s corner towards goal but Wayne Hennessey saved on his right-hand side. The Seagulls had an even better chance to take the lead when Jose Izquierdo, who had looked lively throughout the first half, saw his shot parried by Hennessey; but as the rebound fell to Dale Stephens on the edge of the area, he skewed his shot wide. On 32 minutes Davy Propper’s dangerous cross from the right skimmed up off the turf and into the grateful hands of Hennessey, with Anthony Knockaert lurking at the far post. Albion countered soon after with Izquierdo finding Knockaert on the far side, but as the ball was cut back to Pascal Gross, his side-footed effort was claimed by Hennessey as the home side began to dominate. Izquierdo picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Yohan Cabaye at the start of the second half before Ryan easily stopped the Frenchman’s free-kick after Bruno had brought down Zaha on the edge of the area. Albion had a succession of corners which Palace cleared, before Dunk flicked the last of the four set-piece deliveries into the side-netting at the near post. The defender then picked up a caution when he was adjudged to have pulled back Zaha as Palace broke, and the visitors made a change soon after when Cabaye was replaced by James McArthur. Shane Duffy headed Gross’s corner onto the roof of the net before Hughton introduced Solly March for Izquierdo with 20 minutes to go. Stephens tried his luck from distance moments after but his shot fizzed wide of Hennessey’s near post, and Izzy Brown entered the action with ten minutes left to play as Gross made way. Glenn Murray thought he’d broken the deadlock against his old club but his header was cleared off the line by Andros Townsend following an Albion corner, and the forward then made way for Tomer Hemed as Albion made their final switch. Hennessey claimed another Albion ball into the area in the closing seconds and that was the last chance of note as Andre Marriner blew for full time. 

Brighton Subs; Crystal Palace Subs;
March —> Izquierdo (71) McArthur —> Cabaye (66)
Brown —> Gross (82)
Hemed — Murray (85)

BHAFC [0]-[0] CPFC;

Att; 29,889 (2,000 Crystal Palace)

Albion MOTM; Duffy

BHAFC v CPFC (28/11/17) | Match Preview

Brighton host massive rivals Crystal Palace on Tuesday in the first top-flight M23 derby since 1981, and for the first time since the Eagles beat the Seagulls in the Championship Play-Offs 4 years ago.

Crystal Palace Team News;

Crystal Palace have only Chung-Yong Lee missing for the trip down the M23; Christian Benteke is likely to feature with Roy Hodgson looking to rotate his squad.

Last Time Out; CPFC 2-1 SCFC;

Palace won 2-1 at home to Stoke, thanks to goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mamadou Sakho, after Xherdan Shaqiri had put the visitors in front.

Top Scorer; Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur (3)

Form; L, L, D, L, D, W

FACT; Palace are the only side in the PL this season yet to register a clean sheet.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will still be without Steve Sidwell; Chris Hughton could field the same side as Saturday after a solid away performance.

Last Time Out; MUFC 1-0 BHAFC

Brighton fell to a 1-0 away defeat to Manchester United, after Lewis Dunk’s deflected own goal.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (4)

Form; D, W, D, W, D, L

FACT; Brighton are unbeaten at home since their opening day loss to Manchester City.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[2] CPFC (13/5/13);

Brighton fell to a 2-0 defeat in the Play-Off Semi Final 2nd leg to lose 2-0 on aggregate. 2 Wilfried Zaha goals were enough for Palace, who went on to win the final and gain promotion.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 37 of the 96 matches played between the two rivals, while Palace have won 35. Brighton have won only twice in the last 10 meetings, with Palace recording 5 victories. Of those 7 combined victories, 5 of the games have been won with a clean sheet, while 2 of the 3 draws have been stalemates. In the last 5 games, there has been 20 yellow cards and 1 red; the only red coming for Lewis Dunk in the 3-0 loss at Selhurst Park in December 2012.

Crystal Palace Likely Line-Up;

Hennessey;

Ward, Tompkins, Sakho, van Aanholt;

Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye;

Townsend, McArthur, Zaha;

Benteke;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace

MUFC v BHAFC (25/11/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion’s five-match unbeaten run came to end after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, despite a brave and impressive performance at Old Trafford. The result was Albion’s fifth defeat of the season, with Chris Hughton’s men unlucky not to claim a share of the spoils, after a composed display in front of 75,108 supporters in the north west. Hughton made one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Stoke City on Monday night, as Solly March replaced Jose Izquierdo on the flank.

United created the first opporunity of the game when Romelu Lukaku was played in on the edge of the box, but the striker fired wide from the edge of the box. Pascal Gross then played a lovely through ball to split the United defence in half, but Anthony Knockaert’s subsequent cross flashed across the face of goal. Gross had a chance to break the deadlock himself, but the German’s shot was comfortably saved by David De Gea. Anthony Martial showed some neat footwork to weave his way into a shooting position, and took a tumble inside the box, but referee Neil Swarbrick waved on play. United showed their threat going forward when Juan Mata delivered an enticing cross into the box, which narrowly missed Lukaku. Valencia then delivered a ball into the box with the Belgian waiting to pounce again, but the latter shot wide. Hughton’s men could’ve easily taken the lead when the impressive Gross drilled a brilliant set-piece into the box that was flicked on by Shane Duffy, but Glenn Murray narrowly failed to make a connection at the far post. Mathew Ryan then made a magnificent double save to deny Paul Pogba and Lukaku right before the break from Marcus Rashford’s ball from the right. Albion started the second half on a positive note when Gross was allowed to do a Cruyff turn inside the box, but Murray was unable to connect with the midfielder’s ball. Ashley Young had a chance to give United the lead down the other end, but his angled attempt went just wide. But Jose Mourinho’s men took the lead with 66 minutes on the clock through Young, who latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and saw his shot take a nick off Lewis Dunk before beating Mathew Ryan. Dunk then broke out of defence and played a one-two with Murray, as Albion went in search of an equaliser, but the defender’s rushed shot was blocked in front of goal. Bruno was next to surge forward after receiving a ball down the line from Knockaert, but the Spaniard’s dangerous ball across the face of goal was unable to find an Albion shirt. The Seagulls huffed and puffed in the closing stages but couldn’t quite find a breakthrough of their own, but Hughton’s team can take great confidence from their performance, ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Crystal Palace.

Man Utd Subs; Brighton Subs;
 Ibrahimovic —> Mata (62)  Izquierdo —> March (75)
 Mkhitaryan —> Martial (71) Hemed —> Murray (75)
 Fellaini —> Rashford (80) Brown —> Gross (88)

MUFC [1]-[0] BHAFC; Dunk (66og);

Att; 75,108 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Stephens