Manchester City v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 04, 2019
Wembley Stadium - FA Cup
Manchester City continue their hunt for the quadruple as they face Brighton in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. The Seagulls last reached this stage in 1983 and will hope that their cup run provides a distraction for fans from their poor league form.
Brighton have only won one of their last eleven matches against Manchester City, twenty years ago. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were both on target when the sides met in the league at the Etihad this season, in a comfortable win for the hosts.
Manchester City fans will be hoping that Sergio Aguero is fit to start on Saturday, having missed out against Cardiff, although the club are playing their cards close to their chest. An injury to Oleksandr Zinchenko will be a problem for Pep Guardiola, who is already without Fabian Delph and has lost faith in Benjamin Mendy.
Glenn Murray is likely to return to the squad, having been rested in the loss to Chelsea, taking the flace of Florine Andone. Joze Izquierdo may also feature at some point, although is unlikely to start after missing out recently through injury.
Manchester City v Brighton Predictions and Previews
Manchester City will be confident of a result this weekend against a struggling Brighton team, but will temporarily sacrifice the lead in the league. Guardiola will have to ensure that his side are focused on the task ahead of them, as Liverpool are likely to leapfrog City on Friday evening.
Chris Hughton rested Glenn Murray Brighton's top scorer on Wednesday, in a rarely contested defeat to Chelsea. With the club just five points clear of the relegation zone, this was clearly a calculated risk, and the manager will be hoping that is pays off on Saturday.
The Seagulls have won just once in the league in 2019, but managed an impressive come-back against Millwall in their last FA Cup fixture, with fortune taking them through on penalties. Against City, a vastly different proposition to the Championship opposition, the underdogs will be hoping that luck is once again on their side.
The strength of Guardiola's squad allowed for rotation in their easy win over Cardiff, meaning that a number of their senior players will be rested come Sunday. Raheem Sterling, who scored in his last game against Brighton is 21/20 to score, will have fresh-legs and be full of confidence after an impressive performance in recent international fixtures.
However, the manager may have to modify his league leading formation, to combat a lack of full-backs, potentially switching to a three-man-defence. This could serve Sterling well, who has enjoyed playing as a support striker in a front-two, and would assist Gabriel Jesus, who is 4/5 to score, if Aguero fails to return to fitness.
Despite being the overwhelming favourites, City struggled in their league cup final , against Chelsea, looking weary from a hectic schedule. Brighton may have a thinner squad, but do not have the distraction of the Champions League or a title race. Saturday's match will be the biggest in the Seagulls season so far, and perhaps that added motivation could push Chris Hughton's side to cause problems Guardiola.
Manchester City to win to nil at 8/13
The Premier League champions will be full of confidence and look all but unstoppable at the moment.
Kevin De Bruyne to score first at 17/2
The Belgian appears to be back to his best, and could break a stubborn defence with his set-piece ability.