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Brighton’s Man United youngster handed play-off price boost

| 08.05.2014

Manchester United fans should be eager to get on-loan Brighton forward Jesse Lingard back after the 21-year-old impressed at the Championship club this term, but not before the hopes of both the Seagulls and neutrals are pinned on the youngster in the playoffs.

Lingard has scored three times for Brighton, all during an in-form April, having joined the club in the previous month with the remit of helping Oscar Garcia’s side push for the top six.

He certainly played his part with a 90th-minute strike against Yeovil in the penultimate game of the season, but he must now find the net a lot earlier if he’s to make his first-goalscorer supporters happy against Derby.

Ladbrokes have boosted the Warrington native’s price to score the first goal of the Championship playoff first leg from 11/2 to 7/1 – a price well worth having a flutter on given his history.

Brighton is Lingard’s second temporary club of the season, having started the season at Birmingham and across his entire campaign he’s scored nine times.

Four of those nine came in one outing – his Blues debut back in September – and in total he’s set the scoreboard into motion three times.

Having averaged a goal every other game over his last six appearances, the time is right to jump on the young Red Devil’s bandwagon, while the fact he lines up for fast-starting Brighton is another feather in his cap.

The Seagulls scored first in 24 of their 46 Championship regular season games, a mark that ranks them in the top five of the division, while Derby’s first-goal concession stats only boost the host’s chances.

The Rams shipped first 20 times over the course of the English second-tier’s season, making Lingard’s boosted price a particularly favourable one for any would-be backers.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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