England Premier League
Wednesday 13th January 2021
Kick off at 6pm GMT
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City have 2 games in hand over Liverpool and the first one will take place in midweek as they take on Brighton at home and will be the clear odds on favourites to win.
City will know that they have to make this count and the club have found their best form of the season, and it could be at the right time. Pep Guardiola’s side have crept up to 5th place and have won their last 3 games and they know if they win their games in hand they would go above Liverpool whatever the Reds achieve.
Manchester City’s last loss was over seven weeks ago when Tottenham beat them 2-0 and since then the club have looked back to their best, it’s as if losing to Jose Mourinho was that big a deal that it woke up Guardiola and City because up until then apart from a few flashes of brilliance City had looked quite ordinary this season, that doesn’t seem to be the case now.
At home City still demand respect and have lost just once so far. They are unbeaten in their last 5 winning 3 of their last four games. Their last home match was a 2-0 win over Newcastle. Recently in the cup games City reached the final of the Carabao Cup where they will face Tottenham in the April final and in the FA Cup they eased past Birmingham City 3-0, life is good at the club currently.
Newport took Brighton to penalties in the FA Cup before the Premier League team saved their blushes and won the shoot-out at the weekend.
In the league Brighton are 17th and if they finish in that position it will be seen as success. They currently have a 3 point safety net but that could be swallowed up in the next batch of games, and they aren’t expected to get anything in this match. It is also an away game and on the road Brighton have won 2 from 8, lost 3 and drawn 3. Their last two away games have ended in draws against West Ham and Fulham.
Manchester City: Sergio Aguero is ill and is ruled out for at least 10 days. Nathan Ake is out but the reason is unspecified. Adrian Bernabe is ill and is out. Scott Carson is out with Covid-19 as is Tommy Doyle and Eric Garcia. Ayermic Laporte is out with his hamstring but could return for next weekend. Ferran Torres is ill and has been ruled out.
Brighton: Yves Bissouma is suspended for this game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. Steven Alzate will face a late test to see if he can be involved in the game. Aaron Connelly is still out with a hamstring injury, Adam Lallana is out with illness. Danny Welbeck is still out with a knee injury.
Man City vs Brighton Head to Head:
Last season Manchester City won this game 4-0.
Manchester City have won the last seven meetings in a row.
Brighton have not beaten City since 2008.
Manchester City have scored 13 goals past Brighton in the last 3 meetings.
Man City vs Brighton Prediction:
Manchester City have many key players out mostly due to Covid-19 but such is the quality in their squad they are the one real team in the Premier League who won’t be greatly affected by the players missing. Indeed it has been a problem for City for a few weeks and yet they have beaten Chelsea in the league away from home and knocked out Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Brighton have a horrendous recent record against City and looking at their plight one would be forgiven for thinking that manager Graham Potter is simply looking ahead to the clubs next game at the weekend.
City won’t be backed by many to win this game given their short odds, but it is fixture where we can look into different markets to find value and back in the home sides favour.
Man City vs Brighton Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (-2 Manchester City) at 1.94
Anytime goalscorer: Raheem Sterling at 1.80
Manchester City to score 3+ goals at 1.80