Kick-off: 1500, 31/08/2019
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City have claimed four straight Premier League wins over Brighton and are long odds-on to extend that sequence at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues look back up to full speed following last week’s triumph at Bournemouth and should be able to brush aside the Seagulls in emphatic fashion.
We’re going for a 3-0 home victory at 11/2 for our initial Man City vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
After opening up with a 5-0 romp at West Ham, City failed to make their superiority count when held to a 2-2 draw here by Tottenham.
However, the champions got back on track by beating Bournemouth 3-1 at Vitality Stadium, with Sergio Aguero hitting a double to reach 400 career goals.
Pep Guardiola praised his team for battling through a physical encounter on the south coast, with only Harry Wilson’s stunning free-kick getting past Ederson.
Guardiola said: “The quality of our players in front made the difference and we won the game.”
Aguero was one of several players to return late from Copa America duty, but he now appears in fine fettle after completing the full 90 minutes.
Looking at the Man City vs Brighton odds, we like 13/1 for the Argentina ace to open the scoring in a 3-0 win.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Laporte, Otamendi, Gundogan, De Bruyne, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Graham Potter made a bright start to his Brighton reign by winning 3-0 at Watford and then drawing 1-1 with West Ham.
A 2-0 home loss to Southampton burst his bubble, but there were excuses due to Florin Andone’s dismissal and Tuesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup triumph at Bristol Rovers gave some fringe players a chance to impress.
Potter said: “It was a really pleasing evening for us. It was a tough game, but the application and effort from the players was really pleasing.
“Out of possession, we worked really hard. It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of direct play going on, but we dealt with it in the main quite well.”
It goes without saying, though, that City’s slick passing and movement up front will pose a very different set of problems.
The Blues haven’t been starting games as sharply as last season, but have hit the target inside 25 minutes in four straight matches.
Let’s finish off our Man City vs Brighton betting tips by taking 17/10 for the Blues to lead after 15 minutes on this occasion.
Last Brighton EPL line-up: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Burn, Stephens, Trossard, March, Propper, Maupay, Andone.
Bournemouth 1-3 MAN CITY – Sergio Aguero (2), Raheem Sterling
Bristol Rovers 1-2 BRIGHTON – Aaron Connolly, Glenn Murray
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-4 Man City, Man City 1-0 Brighton, Man City 2-0 Brighton, Man City 3-1 Brighton, Brighton 0-2 Man City
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