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After a dramatic last gasp victory on Saturday, what kind of encore do Manchester United and Brighton have Wednesday in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup?
Saturday’s 3-2 victory by Man United came from a Bruno Fernandes penalty on the last kick of the match, a match the Seagulls dominated in every aspect.
Graham Potter’s men will feel they were unlucky to come away with nothing and revenge will be on their minds.
If the previous round is any indication you can expect to see some big changes to both squads for this cup tie.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made ten changes for the Reds in their 3-0 win over Luton Town.
United’s manager says the starting eleven will look similar to the one that took the field that day.
Potter has changed his entire starting lineup in Brighton’s two previous round victories over Portsmouth and Preston.
Brighton will be without midfielder Yves Bissouma who’s finishing a three-match ban after his expulsion against Newcastle.
Alexis Mac Allister is recovering from fatigue and should be available for this game.
Phil Jones is still out injured for United.
Many of their starters likely won’t start but will be available as substitutes.
Road to the Fourth Round
The Red Devils got to this point thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood in their 3-0 win against Luton Town.
Since they’re not involved in European competition the road for the Seagulls was a little longer.
In the second round they disposed of Portsmouth 4-0, and they followed that up with a 2-0 win last week against Preston.
Players to watch
Expect to see Dean Henderson start in goal for United in this one.
He wasn’t terribly busy last week but did make a crucial save late in the match to maintain his team’s 1-0 advantage.
Brighton hit the woodwork a record five times on Saturday and had 18 shot attempts in the defeat.
Henderson may be counted upon to make some big saves on Wednesday.
Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek will be integral parts of the midfield and will be counted on to continue their strong play.
Pascal Gross has been impressive for the Seagulls in the Carabao Cup.
The German playmaker has set up goals in his sides previous two rounds and has a good track record against Man United.
Between May 2018 and January 2019, the 29-year-old has netted three goals in three games against the Red Devils.
Head to Head record
Last Saturday’s dramatic victory was the fourth straight for United against Brighton.
The last time Brighton got the better of United was on August 19, 2018, when they won 3-2.
Overall United have won 16 matches between both teams while Brighton has won 3.
Kickoff for this match will be at 7:45 pm from Amex Stadium in Brighton.
The winner of this tie will get a well-deserved break.
The following round is not scheduled until the week of December 21. (JSL)