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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City FC, free match prediction 18 May 2021

18 May 2021 | 23:30 | Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium
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Champions City travel to 17th place Brighton aiming to build momentum ahead of Champions League final

  • City have won three of their last five games and are 13 points clear at the top
  • They claimed victory over Newcastle in their last game, a thrilling 4-3 win
  • Brighton are safe and cruising towards the end of the season

Manchester City to win 2-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs MANCHESTER CITY FC Match Preview & Analysis

Manchester City were involved in one of the surprise entertaining games of the season in their last fixture, edging out Newcastle in a 4-3 thriller.

With the Champions League final now less than two weeks away, City will want to build as much confidence as possible with the final two games of the season, here against Brighton before ending at home to Everton.

As usual, Pep will chop and change his line-up, with Sergio Aguero entering his final two weeks as a City player. Can they move one step closer to the close of the season in style?

Brighton will at least have fans at the stadium for this one, cheering their side on after what has been a tense season for the Seagulls.

They’ve flirted with danger all season, only to have their safety confirmed a couple of weeks ago with Fulham’s relegation. Can they give them a performance to remember?

Teams Preview

Brighton & Hove Albion Preview

Form Guide (all comps): DLWLD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Return of fans should provide a lift

     Dunk and Maupay will return after suspension

Reasons to be fearful:

     Were beaten by City earlier in the season

     Just one win from their last seven

It has been touch and go for Brighton for most of the season and while most people believed that Brighton had too much quality to go down, it has only recently been confirmed that they’ll spend a fifth consecutive season in the Premier League.

Only five teams in the league have scored fewer than the South coast side, and although their defence has been relatively solid, they have struggled to convert good performances into winning results.

That said, they will view survival as a positive to build on next season. 

Positively, they have defender Lewis Dunk and striker Neal Maupay back to face City, with both suspended for their last game. 

With the return of fans for this fixture, can they inspire the Seagulls onto a stirring performance here?

Star Man – Danny Welbeck

Scored in the draw against West Ham last week, and is enjoying his best goalscoring season in seven years.

Manchester City FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Confidence is sky-high after league victory

     Won eight league games in a row against Brighton

Reasons to be fearful:

     Kevin De Bruyne remains injured

     Significant rotation could lead to complacency

City will continue their charge towards the Champions League final aiming for yet another victory against Brighton, a team who they’ve enjoyed a strong record over in recent years.

The Citizens have won all of their last eight meetings with the South coast side, and will determined to add to that here, picking up three points and boosting their confidence further ahead of arguably the biggest match in their history in 11 days’ time.

As usual, Guardiola will ensure that more of his squad receive game time, with the likes of Torres, Foden, Gundogan, Jesus and Silva all rotated in and out of the side as the manager sees fit.

While the absence of De Bruyne won’t be felt here, it would be a concern should he be unavailable for too much longer.

Star Man – Ferran Torres

With a hattrick in the win over Newcastle, he will surely get an opportunity to continue his good form here.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs MANCHESTER CITY FC Winning Prediction

     City are heavy favourites

     Brighton will need to defend well to stop City

     Can Torres continue goalscoring form?

There is little pressure on either of these teams to win here, with City champions and Brighton safe.

You would think that City will be the more determined of the two, looking to build momentum ahead of their Champions League final with Chelsea, and because of that they are favourites here.

Manchester City to win 2-0

Author: Ross B.