Manchester City is getting ready for an exhilarating clash with Brighton at the Etihad Stadium, in Round 9 of the Premier League.
Manchester City faced a tough loss to Arsenal last weekend, marking their second Premier League defeat this season. They will be determined to bounce back with a victory against Brighton at the Etihad. Arsenal's 1-0 win against City snapped a 12-game losing streak against City in the Premier League, making this match even more crucial for the City.
Currently, Brighton occupies the 6th position on the points table, having won 5 out of their 8 matches. In their recent Premier League match, Brighton managed to secure a draw against Liverpool. As a result, they're now trailing Aston Villa in the Premier League, with goal difference being the deciding factor. The top bookmakers in India have fantastic Premier League odds with them.
Manchester City has been on fire lately, scoring 17 goals in their last 8 Premier League matches. On the other hand, Brighton has had a tough time, letting in 16 goals.
The betting tip is...
Manchester City to score more than 2.5 goals
Good news for Man City as Rodri is back in action after serving his three-match suspension due to violent conduct, which resulted from his red card in the Nottingham Forest game. However, Kevin De Bruyne is still sidelined with a long-term injury.
Their attacking lineup has been in scintillating form, netting a remarkable 17 goals in their last 8 games, which is truly astonishing. Equally impressive, only 6 goals have breached Manchester City's rock-solid defense in those same 8 games.
Rodri is expected to start against Brighton after three-match suspension.
Predicted Lineup: Akanji, Nathan Aké, Nunes, Rodri, Ederson, Foden, Alvarez, Doku, Haaland, Walker, Ruben Dias.
Brighton has some notable absentees, with Pervis Estupinan and Julio Enciso still unavailable. The team is keeping its fingers crossed that Tariq Lamptey will be fit for the match, having missed the previous game against Liverpool due to an injury.
In the offensive department, K Mitoma has been nothing short of phenomenal for Brighton, contributing significantly with a remarkable total of 7 goals and assists combined. Undoubtedly, he is the player to keep a close eye on in this showdown.
Ansu Fati might start for Brighton
Predicted Lineup: Verbruggen, Veltman, Dunk, Igor, Baleba, Adingra, Gross, March, Pedro/Ansu Fati, Mitoma, Ferguson
In their recent encounters with Brighton, Manchester City has displayed dominance, clinching three victories out of their last five matches.
Both Haaland and Alvarez have made significant contributions with a combined total of 10 goals and assists each, making them the primary threats Brighton needs to watch out for. City's impressive average possession rate of 65.69% further underscores their ability to control the game.
However, Brighton can be a force to be reckoned with on their best days. Spearheaded by K Mitoma, who has amassed a total of 7 goals and assists, and E Ferguson, boasting a remarkable 20% shot-on-target rate, they pose a real challenge for City.
Nevertheless, it's undeniable that Manchester City possesses a superior squad filled with exceptional talent and tactical acumen, firmly establishing them as the clear favorites to emerge victorious in this highly anticipated encounter.