Can Manchester United be Just the Second Side to Win at the AMEX?
Brighton held Manchester City for 70 minutes on the opening day of the season before Pep’s side finally broke the deadlock. The Citizens ran out 2-0 winners at the AMEX on August 12 as the Seagulls began life in the Premier League with a narrow defeat. Since that loss, Chris Hughton’s side have found their feet in the top flight and haven’t been beaten in front of their own fans. They picked up a useful point against Stoke on November 20 but missed numerous chances to put the game out of sight.
Jose Mourinho’s side will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of their city rivals and travel back to the North West with all three points. The Portuguese coach has recently welcomed the ageless Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic back into the side as he came off the bench against Newcastle on November 18 but he now must find a way to accommodate the returning forward alongside summer signing Romelu Lukaku. The 36-year-old didn’t find the net against the Magpies but is 10/11 with William Hill to net his first Premier League goal of the season against Brighton.
Arsenal must build on their victory in the North London derby when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on November 26. The Gunners were excellent value for their 2-0 success against Spurs but they must tackle a side who are riding high and full of confidence. Sean Dyche’s men sit on exactly the same number of points as the visitors and will fancy their chances of getting something from this tie. Arsene Wenger’s side needed a controversial last-minute strike from Laurent Koscielny to triumph last season and have won 1-0 during both of their recent visits to East Lancashire.