Manchester City has a golden opportunity to extend its winning run across all competitions to seven matches this week. The side welcomes Brighton at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday with a kickoff at 9 pm.
Both sides advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup during the weekend, with Pep Guardiola side cruising past Birmingham City. On the other hand, Brighton managed to knock out Newport County on penalties.
As many expected, Manchester City made light work of Championship side Birmingham City in the FA Cup. Bernardo Silva netted a quickfire brace before Phil Foden’s strike put the game to bed before half time.
The results came a week after Manchester City advanced to the EFL Cup final after a dominant win over rivals Manchester United. The hosts remain unbeaten in 13 and are currently on a six winning streak across all competitions. The side has netted 15 goals while conceding only two.
With the Premier League reaching midpoint, City is reinventing their catch as league contenders. The side is currently fifth with four points clear of leaders Liverpool with two games in hand.
On the other hand, Brighton escaped sharing Leed’s fate after a narrow win against Newport County on penalties at Rodney Parade. The match saw the return of Tau from a loan, who played the full 120 minutes. It seems the South African will fit into Graham Potter’s style.
Manchester City vs. Brighton Head to Head
Both sides have eight games against each other, with Manchester City taking home seven wins while Brighton with only one win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Man City 3-0 Birmingham City
Man United 0-2 Man City
Chelsea 1-3 Man City
Man City 2-0 Newcastle United
Arsenal 1-4 Man City
Newport 1-1 Brighton
Brighton 3-3 Wolves
Brighton 0-1 Arsenal
West Ham 2-2 Brighton
Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United
Manchester City Team News
Sergio Aguero has scored every time he faced Brighton but is likely to miss out after following coronavirus protocols after meeting a positive patient. Ederson will come in for Zack Steffen, while Ferran Torres is available for selection after recovering from coronavirus.
Brighton Team News
Graham Potter will call on Yves Bissouma, who is suspended due to the accumulation of five yellow cards. He will join Davvy Proper in the engine room. Danny Welbeck, Tariq Lamptey, and Aaron Connolly remain doubts.
Prediction and Odds
Even though the attacking threat by City has dropped this season, their defensive prowess is growing.
Manchester City Win
Goals Under 2.5
Away: No Score