25/04: Daily Predictions: Manchester City host Brighton

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On Thursday night, incumbent champions Manchester City will play Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Stadium in an attempt to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League.

The first time the two clubs faced off was at the end of October of last year when the Citizens triumphed 2-1 at Etihad Stadium despite a late comeback by the Seagulls. Following Real Madrid’s elimination from the Champions League last week, Pep Guardiola’s team bounced back to defeat Chelsea 1-0 and go to the FA Cup final.

Manchester City vs Brighton

Thursday’s Premier League match between Brighton and Manchester City is driven by the home team’s desire to catch up to their opponents. Alternatively, if the latter prevail in this dramatic fixture, they could put even more gap between them and the top of the table.

Brighton is ranked tenth in the rankings after trailing The Citizens by 44 points after 32 rounds of play, while The Citizens are vying for the lead in the Premier League with 73 points.

Following Manchester City’s elimination from the Champions League last week, Pep Guardiola’s team bounced back to defeat Chelsea 1-0 and go to the FA Cup final. As we approach the home stretch, the Citizens will now turn their attention back to the Premier League this midweek, where there is almost little margin for mistake.

Even with a few games remaining, City may find themselves five points behind both Arsenal and Liverpool heading into their trip to the south coast. With only one victory in their previous seven league games, Brighton seemed destined to end their season on a somewhat depressing note. However, Roberto De Zerbi’s side should be the fresher of the two teams in this encounter, given that they have not been in action since drawing 1-1 with Burnley almost a fortnight ago.

Recent Head-to-Head

Manchester City have dominated this fixture in recent years, winning 12 of the last 14 meetings, the most recent of which was a 2-1 success at the Etihad back in October.

Brighton did bank a point in last season’s corresponding fixture between the two sides, however, that game was essentially a dead rubber for City at the tail end of last season.

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Verdict

Eleven days ago, Manchester City took back the lead in the Premier League when Liverpool and Arsenal both lost their respective games. The Citizens still have a game in hand, even if they are currently trailing these two teams in the league rankings.

This implies that, regardless of how Arsenal and Liverpool perform in their remaining games, Manchester City would win the trophy if they won all six of them. Given that Brighton has lost their last four league games, we have to like the visitors in this one. Brighton has not been playing well.

Brighton supporters won’t be too confident going into this game after losing all of those games, but the Seagulls are rarely embarrassed, so things should stay close.

They have only failed to score at home in the Premier League this season, and they have only lost one of their last 13 home games. In their last three games, Pep Guardiola’s team has scored at least four goals, totaling 13 goals. Lately, they have been a relatively free-scoring team in the league.

Tip: Manchester City to Win / BTTS (YES)

Manchester City to Win – ✅

BTTS (YES) – ❌

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