James CookeBrighton vs Manchester City, Sunday May 12th, 15:00, Amex Stadium. Manchester City kept the destination of the Premier League title in their own hands against Leicester, but need to win at Brighton to finally see off the relentless challenge of Liverpool.
Manchester City kept the destination of the Premier League title in their own hands against Leicester, but need to win at Brighton to finally see off the relentless challenge of Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side will attack Brighton with everything they have for the simple fact that they have a league title to win, but will Brighton be able to pull off another upset against one of the big six?
City, on the other hand, haven’t lost in the league since late January and in fact haven’t dropped a single point since their loss away at Newcastle.
In their winless run, Brighton have picked up points against Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal while losing to Tottenham, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Chelsea and Southampton.
Guardiola’s side did make easy work of Brighton at the Etihad earlier in the season with a run of the mill 2-0 win towards the back end of September.
The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be a big a margin as many suggest. A steady 3-0 triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side would appear a likely outcome from it and would be enough for them to win the Premier League.
City are overwhelming favourites for this clash so an away win carries very little risk. 888sport have 3-0 as 13/2 so it is probably best to back a big City win. Brighton will try to play the part of party poopers and help Liverpool out, but City’s strength will probably be too much for them, and this is among the best online betting odds for this final round of action.
It’s been an incredible season for the Portuguese midfielder and you wouldn’t bet against him having another great game here, and his odds to score the opening goal are quite good when you consider who else will be starting for City. Silva may only have seven goals in the Premier League this season, but that is still good enough to back him at these odds, rated at 6/1 by 888sport.
Head to Head
Brighton and City have met 13 times in the past with Brighton winning three times, City winning eight times and two draws being played.
The top scorer in this fixture is listed as Sergio Aguero – who has two goals – while Gelson Fernandes, Stephen Ireland and Leonardo Ulloa below him with one goal.
In league football, Brighton have only beaten City twice (in 1979 and 1981) while their third victory came in the League Cup back in 2008.
City won the first meeting 3-2 while the biggest margin of victory was 4-0 to City back in 1982, with both of those wins coming at Man City’s old Maine Road ground.
Chris Hughton has only beaten Man City once as a manager when he was boss at Norwich. His side won 3-2 at the Etihad on the final day of the 2012/2013 season with Grant Holt, Anthony Pilkington and Jonny Howson scoring the goals.
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