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Carabao Cup Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United

Manchester United return to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday aiming to record their second victory in five days over the south coast team.

The Red Devils triumphed 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, with Bruno Fernandes smashing home a penalty in injury time to secure the victory.

United are favourites on the Olybet website to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, but the Seagulls will be eager to gain their revenge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes to his line-up for the third-round victory over Luton Town and is expected to shuffle his pack again at the Amex Stadium.

Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are all likely to start, while Daniel James and Odion Ighalo will also be in contention.

Jose Izqueirdo, Christian Walton and Florin Andone are long-term absentees for the home team and Yves Bissouma will serve the final game of his three-match suspension.

United have faced Brighton just once before in this competition, securing a 2-1 aggregate victory in a two-legged second-round tie during the 1992/93 season.

The Red Devils drew 1-1 on the road, with David Beckham making his debut for the club, before completing the job at Old Trafford courtesy of a Mark Hughes goal.

United have enjoyed plenty of success in this competition in the past, lifting the trophy on five occasions and reaching four other finals.

By contrast, Brighton have progressed to the last eight just once in their history back in 1978/79 where they were defeated by eventual winners Nottingham Forest.

Graham Potter’s side caused plenty of problems for United on Saturday, although they may struggle to repeat the trick if they field a weakened side.

They have comfortably defeated Portsmouth and Preston North End to reach the last 16, but they could have their work cut to defeat United.

Solskjaer’s side have looked a little rusty during their early part of the campaign, with the truncated pre-season leaving some players short of match fitness.

However, United possess a deeper squad than Brighton and should be capable of coming through this tie without too many problems.

Ighalo will be eager to impress if he makes the starting line-up and looks a good bet in the ‘score anytime in the game’ market.

Another victory at the Amex Stadium would set United up nicely for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

They return to action after the international break with a visit to Newcastle United, before kicking off their Champions League campaign in the following midweek.

Their second group stage match in Europe is sandwiched in between home league games against Chelsea and Arsenal, highlighting how important it is for the team to build some confidence.

While Brighton are unlikely to roll over, United are strongly fancied to end September on a high note by progressing to the next stage of the Carabao Cup.

Carabao Cup Prediction: Brighton 1-3 Man United

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