Brighton team news and predicted XI vs Manchester United

Brighton Team News

  • Out: Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento, Tariq Lamptey, Jakub Moder
  • Doubt: Evan Ferguson, Joël Veltman

Brighton’s journey with the hopeful destination of European nights at the American Express Community Stadium in 2023-24 continues in midweek in a key clash against English giants Manchester United on the south coast.

Roberto De Zerbi’s brilliant attack faces a stern test when they lock horns with Erik ten Hag’s in-form Red Devils, who have taken 13 points out of a possible fifteen in their last five league outings while looking locked in for a top-four finish under the Dutchman.

The Seagulls remain just outside of the top six and sit just two points adrift of a foundering Tottenham in sixth and only four points from fifth-sitting Liverpool, with matches in hand on both sides, as well as Aston Villa, who are level with Spurs on points. A win in front of home support would put Brighton back into the top six with room to spare though any other result would not be a death knell to their chances of securing European football.

De Zerbi will be without a number of senior squad members for the occasion, with Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento, Tariq Lamptey, and Jakub Moder all absent on account of injury. Though none would be in line to start, however, with the gifted Italian tactician also coming in with doubts surrounding the availability of Evan Ferguson and Joël Veltman. The Dutch defender limped off the pitch against Wolves and is a serious doubt, but Ferguson could feature - and even start - if he is declared fit.

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Andrew Thompson

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