Manchester City vs Brighton
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 29th September 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
The Citizens remains focused to retain the title at the end of the season. They remain unbeaten in the last 6 EPL matches. Even so, they are unable to obtain consecutive wins in these 6 matches having been held to a draw by Wolverhampton in the round of 3.
They remain the highest scorer in the league having netted 16 goals in the 6 played games. They will be looking forward to adding more to this tally during this home fixture. Additionally, they will aim at continuing their winning streak to secure their chance to retain the league title.
Unfortunately, Eliaquim Mangala, Kevin De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy will miss this home math due to injury. There will be changes in the squad as Pep Guardiola aims at sparing some of his best players for the Champion’s League meeting with Germany’s Bundesliga side, Hoffenheim next week.
Brighton is still suffering from inconsistency and performance woes. They have only been able to win one EPL game. They are coming into this seemingly hard game after a loss at home against Tottenham.
Dale Stephens is the only injury worry for Chris Hughton as he travels to the Etihad Stadium. This match may not be the best time to get back on the winning track. I would probably say that they need to work on their porous defensive line to avoid conceding as many goals as we have seen Manchester City score against their opponents.
Manchester City vs Brighton: Head-to-Head
In the last 10 years, these two sides have only had 3 meetings with the Citizens clinching 2 wins. This includes the latest encounter in May this year.
The first h2h meeting was a Carabao Cup fixture that ended in a 2-2 draw with Brighton qualifying through a penalty shootout.
Manchester City vs Brighton: Prediction
The winner of this matchup seems obvious! However, it should be noted that the Citizens will have their best players at the bench awaiting the Champions League fixture next week. This may have an impact in the deliverability we have seen from the team in the last few EPL fixtures. This does not necessarily mean that they may not win, it means that we may not be entertained with as many goals as usual.
Brighton may put up a strong fight in this away matchup. They have a stubborn defensive composition who will be hard to penetrate. We may not see Brighton concede more than 3 goals.
Manchester City vs Brighton: Betting Tips
Manchester city -1.5 Handicap @ 3/5 (1.60).