Manchester City will look to clinch back-to-back league titles when they travel to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men are an epitome of consistency in the league as they look to rack up 98 points this season after becoming the first team in the history of the PL to pick up 100 points last time around. They currently lead Liverpool by a solitary point who play Wolves at home in their final game.
Manchester City have been slowing down in recent weeks with goals drying up. Captain and center-back Vincent Kompany scored a screamer in the previous game against Leicester to help City win the game.Embed from Getty Images
However, the Citizens can be expected to give their all for one last time in the league. Guardiola’s men have already won the Carabao Cup and are set to play Watford in the final of the FA Cup next weekend.
The Champions League still looks elusive as City lost to Tottenham in the quarterfinals this year. Thus, it is imperative for the Manchester club to win the league or face their season being labeled as a failure.
Coming to their opponents, Brighton had a tumultuous season. After looking safe from relegation for a good part of the season, Chris Hughton’s men went off the boil in recent months and got dragged into the fight for survival with Cardiff.Embed from Getty Images
However, the Seagulls recovered just about enough in recent weeks to ward off an inconsistent Cardiff and secure another season in the English top-flight. Hughton’s side are currently 17th in the table with 36 points, five clear of Cardiff in 18th place.
Further, Brighton played better and with more freedom in their previous game against Arsenal, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Thus, Hughton’s side will look to continue playing in the same vein and test City’s patience in this game.
In terms of team news, the Seagulls will be without Jose Izquierdo, who is ruled out with a knee problem. Davy Propper is a doubt for the game with a thigh injury.
Meanwhile, coming to their opponents, Fernandinho is set for a late fitness test as he continues to struggle with a knee problem. Benjamin Mendy is suffering from a similar problem and is a doubt for the game. Further, Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are ruled out of the match.
Brighton vs Manchester City Prediction
In terms of head-to-head and recent form, City are way ahead of the hosts. Guardiola’s men have won 13 PL games on the run, registering a clean sheet in 10 of them. Further, they have beaten Brighton in each of their last four meetings, including three shutouts among them.
The Citizens won the reverse fixture 2-0 and picked up a victory with the same scoreline last season at the Amex. Further, they won the recent FA Cup semifinal against Brighton with a solitary goal as well.
Thus, City are absolute favorites for the matchup, but Brighton will harbor a slim hope of getting a result. The Seagulls are winless in their last ten games but have a decent defensive record against the top 6.
Except for City’s win earlier in the season and a 3-0 loss to Chelsea recently, Hughton’s side have not conceded more than two goals against the top 6 and lost any of the games by more than one goal.
Thus, the game can be expected to be closer, but City will back themselves to outscore an opponent who have scored just two goals in their last nine games.
Predicted Brighton XI: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Bissouma, Gross, March, Knockaert; Murray
Predicted Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, David Silva, Foden; Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Aguero