class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Looking watertight at the back at the moment, Al Hain-Cole expects Guardiola's men to ease past the goal-shy Seagulls at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City will be looking to close the gap at the top of the table when they welcome Brighton to the Etihad Stadium for Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
The Citizens begin the week four points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, having played two fewer matches.
Manchester City vs Brighton Latest Odds
Unbeaten in 13 fixtures in all competitions, they are 1/7 (1.14) favourites with bet365 to make up for lost time by coming out on top.
Graham Potter’s men have only won one of their last 17 matches in all competitions within 90 minutes but can be backed at 15/1 (16.0) to pull off a shock win here.
Five of the guests’ last six games have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 15/2 (8.50) on them earning a creditable point in this one.
Manchester City vs Brighton Team News
Ferran Torres is available once again after returning a negative COVID-19 test, although Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Scott Carson and Cole Palmer are all in self-isolation and Raheem Sterling, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte are unlikely to feature due to injury.
Yves Bissouma is unavailable due to suspension, while Tariq Lamptey, Adam Lallana, Aaron Connolly, Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone, and Danny Welbeck are injured and Steven Alzate doubtful.
Manchester City vs Brighton Preview
While Aguero’s continued absence has surely contributed to a lack of firepower that has seen Pep Guardiola’s men score a relatively modest 24 goals in 15 league matches, their defence continues to hold strong.
Having conceded a league-low 13 goals in 15 fixtures so far, they should have little problem in shutting out a Seagulls side that has struggled to add a finishing touch to their promising build-up play this campaign.
Indeed, 21 goals in 17 matches hardly suggest Brighton are likely to improve on a record that has seen them fail to score in four of their last five meetings with this opposition – conceding 16 goals.
Manchester City vs Brighton Tips and Predictions
All in all, odds of 4/5 (1.80) look like solid value on Manchester City securing a seventh consecutive victory while keeping an 11th clean sheet in 14 matches.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly
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