Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
English Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Brighton confirmed the survival in the elite class of the English football by beating Manchester United on Friday evening 1-0 at The AMEX. It was Pascal Gross who made the difference just before the hour-mark as the defensive line held the second clean sheet in a row. It will be on a massive test on Wednesday once again when the Seagulls are about to lock horns with the other Manchester side.
The newly-crowned champions could thus face a strong challenge here after they had failed to find the find the back of the net past Huddersfield Town on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. A goalless draw with the relegation strugglers was a rather unexpected scenario for Pep Guardiola and his men who previously notched an impressive 12-goal tally during the three-win streak against Tottenham hotspur, Swansea City and West Ham United.
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Head-to-head
Manchester City won five, drew two and lost three of ten head to head games with the Seagulls over the history.
The Citizens took a comfortable 0-1 victory when they visited The AMEX back in August last year.
It has only been the second head to head match since 1983, following Brighton’s League Cup win in 2008.
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Prediction
Manchester City are obviously massive favourites and anything but a comprehensive victory for them would represent a huge upset. It’s hard to believe Guardiola’s machinery could fail to produce in two games in a row, regardless of the fact Brighton held a clean sheet against the second-placed Red Devils on Friday. The Seagulls failed to score in three of last four games on the road in all competitions and backing Man City to keep their net untouched looks to be a decent call at the 1.50 odds.
We expect the hosts to go strong from the very first minute and they are definitely worth backing to have at least a double lead at the half time at the tempting 2.50 odds. Gabriel Jesus is expected to make the starting lineup once again in the final third given Sergio Aguero is ruled out due to injury. You can back the Brazilian forward to score anytime for the hosts at the 1.50 odds.
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Bet Tips
Manchester City to keep a clean sheet @ 1.50
Manchester City -1.5 handicap in the first half @ 2.50.