Etihad Stadium - Premier League
Newly-crowned champions Manchester City are looking to write themselves into the record books, with Brighton the visitors to the Etihad on Wednesday night. The Seagulls though are looking for their second victory against the two Manchester giants inside a week.
Brighton put in a decent performance when the teams met at the Amex in August. Their resistance was only broken by Sergio Aguero in the 70th minute, before a Lewis Dunk own goal five minutes later wrapped up the points for Pep Guardiola’s side. That was the first meeting between the clubs since Brighton knocked City out of the League Cup on penalties back in 2008.
Goalscorer last time Aguero won’t be troubling the scoresheet this time round, as he continues his fight to be fit for the World Cup after a knee injury. Vincent Kompany is the only other doubt for the Blues, who could hand a start to left-back Benjamin Mendy.
Visiting boss Chris Hughton only has two long-term absentees missing. Veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell hasn't played all season, while Izzy Brown is recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury. The Seagulls could name the same line-up that beat Manchester United on Friday night.
Manchester City v Brighton Preview and Predictions
After a patchy spell that saw them go six Premier League games without a win, Brighton secured their top flight status in style with a 1-0 victory over United last weekend. This is a much more daunting fixture for the Seagulls though, with Manchester City on the hunt for goals.
Just two more strikes would see the Blues break Chelsea’s record for the most goals ever scored in a Premier League season, set in 2009/10. It would be a fitting way to cap a campaign that’s been defined by fluid attacking football, and there’s no surprise that City start as huge favourites in the betting at 1/7.
You’ll need to look past the outright odds if you want to get some value out of the home win. With the Citizens set to dominate the ball, and Brighton managing just nine goals from 17 games on the road so far this term, a City win to nil at 8/11 looks as good a bet as any.
The Seagulls meanwhile are available at a massive 26/1. You feel that their only chance of recording a famous win would be if their hosts aren’t at the races with the title sewn up, and heads turned towards the World Cup. A draw is surely the best result Hughton’s side can hope for, and that’s 10/1.
Gabriel Jesus to score and City to win at 8/11
The Brazilian will lead the City line with Aguero out, and if the Blues are in the mood they could smash in plenty of goals. Expect Jesus to be among them if that happens.
Brighton to win to nil at 55/1
If the visitors can stay strong defensively and frustrate City like Huddersfield did on Sunday, then this bet could come into play. Glenn Murray is 200/1 to score the only goal of the game and make it two 1-0 wins in a week for the Seagulls.