Amex Stadium - Premier League
After another incredible moment in this wonderful title race on Monday, Manchester City are looking to wrap things up on the final day of the season. The Blues head to the Amex to play a Brighton team who are guaranteed Premier League football next season.
City have won each of the three Premier League meetings between these teams, including a 2-0 victory at the Etihad earlier this season. The Blues also dumped the Seagulls out of the FA Cup at Wembley in the semi-final stage of this season’s competition.
Chris Hughton has admitted Jose Izquierdo could need surgery on a knee injury, which doesn’t bode well for the Colombian forward’s preparations for next season. Davy Propper could be back this weekend though, while reserve goalkeeper Jason Steele is out.
Kevin De Bruyne continues to miss out for City, and is a major doubt for the FA Cup final. Fernandinho should be fit for that game though, and could be in contention this weekend. Claudio Bravo remains on the sidelines after a serious Achilles injury earlier in the campaign.
Brighton v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Surely they’ve done enough now. Vincent Kompany’s stunning long-range strike handed City their 13th successive Premier League victory, and leaves them a point ahead of title rivals Liverpool going into the final game of the season. The Blues only need to match Liverpool’s result on Sunday, although they will of course be gunning for the win against Brighton.
The Seagulls have little to play for now, after Cardiff City’s defeat on Saturday assured them of a place in the English top flight next season. Hughton’s side could climb one place in their final match, but that’s small fry compared to what City are going for.
The Blues are aiming to become the first team to defend the Premier League title in a decade, and complete the second leg of their domestic treble. Pep Guardiola’s side have won 17 of their last 18 league games, an incredible run that will surely continue this weekend.
It’s no surprise that City are the huge favourites in the betting, priced at 1/6 for the win. Brighton are out at 18/1, but as the Seagulls have failed to win any of their last eight matches, losing five, that seems highly unlikely. Considering the gulf in class between the teams, even a draw looks like a waste of money at 8/1.
City to win to nil at 11/10
The Blues have kept four clean sheets in a row heading into this game, while Brighton have only scored two goals in their last nine fixtures in all competitions.
Vincent Kompany to score anytime at 17/2
The City captain bagged his first goal of the season with a hammer-blow from 25 yards against Leicester City on Monday, and will be looking for another big contribution on Sunday.