All eyes will be at Etihad Stadium on Saturday 31st August 2019 when Manchester City welcomes Brighton and Hove Albion. The defending champions are looking forward to sail through and overtake Liverpool in the table rankings but fans from the opposing teams will be hoping for Brighton to offset Man City’s aspirations. This match will start at 15:00GMT.
The Citizens had a smooth win in their last week’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth with Kun Aguero netting a brace. The big man club had a good start of the season with an outstanding 5-0 win over Westham United. They were their ambition was slightly offset in a 2-2 draw against Tottenham but they rose to glory again in their win over Bournemouth. They are now looking forward to maintain their winning ways in their matchday 4 of the season against Brighton Hove and Albion.
Brighton Hove and Albion had a good start to the season with an impressive 3-0 win over Watford. In their second match, they drew 1-1 against Westham United but had an offsetting defeat in their third match of the season when they lost 0-2 to Southhampton. Things turned brighter on them in their win against Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup second Round on Tuesday ahead of their big day against Man City.
Etihad stadium is a real fortress under the guardianship of Pep Guardiola. Kun Aguero and Sterling are in their best form in the start of the season and are likely to do the best for their team. With Brighton Hove and Albion lacking their key attacker; Florin Andone, a home win will be the most likely. Thus there is great value betting for the home team to carry the day.
Manchester City vs. Brighton Hove and Albion Head to Head
Manchester City and Manchester City vs. Brighton Hove and Albion haves so far played 6 matches between them. Man City has won most of the matches at 5. Manchester City vs. Brighton Hove and Albion has never won and one of their meetings ended in a draw: A look into the two teams’ meetings, here are the scores we were treated to:
Brighton 1-4 Manchester City, Manchester City 1-0 Brighton, Manchester City 2-0 Brighton, Manchester City 3-1 Brighton, Brighton 0-2 Manchester City, Brighton 2-2 Manchester City.
John Stones Stones is expected to return after nursing his thigh injury. The services of Gabriel Jesus will be missed till mid-September due to a hamstring injury.
Florin Andone will leave Brighton without strong attack as he is serving 2 matches ban due to a red card. Yves Bissouma and Jose Izquierdo are also nursing shoulder and knee injuries respectively.
Predictions and Odds
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Can Brighton arise above their underdog stature and defeat Man City to revenge against their 1-4 defeat last season? This is most unlikely. The Citizens are well equipped with big names to carry the day and bag the crucial 3 points as they start on their ambition of retaining the title. Here are our best bets for the outcome of the match:
- Man City to win
- Man City to score over 2.5 goals on fulltime
- Both Kun Aguero and Sterling to score