James CookeMan City vs Brighton, Saturday August 31st, 15:00, Etihad Stadium. The champions host the side that they beat on the final day of last season to clinch their second successive Premier League title, but can they repeat that win on Saturday, this time in front of their own fans?
The champions host the side that they beat on the final day of last season to clinch their second successive Premier League title, but can they repeat that win on Saturday, this time in front of their own fans?
On paper, this should be a comfortable win for Man City but Brighton have shown that under Graham Potter, they aren’t to be taken lightly.
Man City come into this game following two wins against Bournemouth and West Ham – both away from home – and a home draw against Tottenham when their good friend VAR got involved again, so this could be the chance to grab their first home win of the early season.
Brighton managed to beat Watford on the first day of the season but failed to get more than a draw against West Ham at home and lost their last game against south coast rivals Southampton last time out.
Brighton’s away record against City cannot get any worse seeing as they’ve never beaten them in Manchester before, but will they ever have a better opportunity to pull off a massive shock?
City have not lost at home since losing to Crystal Palace in December of 2018, remembered mainly for the Andros Townsend wonder goal volley.
The home side will be huge favourites for this game so a comprehensive victory may be in order, so look towards a 4-0 or a 5-0, two of the better score lines for this particular Premier League game.
City are overwhelming favourites for this clash so a huge home win carries very little risk. The question really is by how many goals will City win? Some of the bigger scorelines are among the best online betting odds for this round of action too. 888Sport have 5-0 at 9/1.
These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect, and perhaps because Aguero has only ever scored twice for City against Brighton in his career. Brighton will put up a strong resistance to the City attack early on but when they tire, Aguero will be ready to pounce which is why this bet is rated at 19/2 by 888sport.
Head to Head
These two sides have only ever met 22 times in history with City winning 13 games, a draw being played out four times and Brighton winning five games.
The first game between these two sides came in 1924 when Man City won 5-1 in the FA Cup down on the south coast.
Brighton’s first win against City came in 1979 when they won 4-1 against City in the Old Division One.
Brighton have never beaten City away from home and the closest they came was a 1-1 draw in 1981.
City’s recent record against Brighton has been outstanding, winning every Premier League meeting, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two.
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