Preview - Manchester City vs Brighton 10 May 2018

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Match Day 37
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.83
Average goals against per match: 0.72
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (21)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: D L D D W
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (12)

Having secured their Premier League status with victory over one of the Manchester sides - when beating United 1-0 last time out - Brighton's next assignment is a trip to the Etihad to take on the other Manchester giants - new champions Manchester City. Despite the opposition, the Brighton squad will no doubt enjoy heading into a game with the pressure off for a change.

City's surprise goalless draw here to Huddersfield last time out means there is now no room for error as Pep Guardiola's men chase the almost mythical 100 points total. Sitting on 94 points with two games to play, its still on for the Citizen's should they win their final two fixtures, starting here.

Having only won twice away from home all season, at West Ham and Swansea, the prospect of Brighton picking up maximum points seem remote. The Seagulls have however drawn four of their last seven so may at least be able to frustrate City for a while.

That result against Huddersfield at the weekend really was a freak result. In total City have now won 15 of 18 at the Etihad this season, with the only other blips coming when drawing on the opening day when reduced to ten men against Everton, and when losing out to an inspired second half Manchester United comeback.

I'd expect City to turn on the style here against a Brighton side who have achieved their main goal for the season.

 Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 19 - 6
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 74% - 26%

A relatively quiet afternoon for referee Paul Tierney, with Brighton's Shane Duffy being the only recipient of a yellow card.

Danilo opened the scoring for Manchester City in the 16th minute, played in by Leroy Sané, the Brazilian had time to compose himself on the edge of the area before firing past Matthew Ryan into the bottom left corner.

Far from roll over though, Brighton came right back at City and equalised just four minutes later. Claudio Bravo losing out when racing to the corner of the by-line and his 18 yard box. Davy Proepper crossing back into the centre for Leonardo Ulloa to head home.

The home sides lead was restored in the 34th minute. Sané again the provider. This time racing down the left to cut back to Bernardo Silva at the back post. Silva applying the finish into the bottom right corner from around 12 yards. 2-1 at the interval.

City did add another, but not until the 72nd minute, when a cleverly worked corner from the left had the Brighton defence all at sea. The ball cut back to the unmarked Fernandinho around the penalty spot, with the midfielder having plenty of time to pick his spot in the bottom left corner. 3-1 final score.

A pretty comfortable win for Manchester City in the end as they typically dominated both the possession and shot statistics. A win in their final game against Southampton will now see them reach the magical 100 point total.

For Brighton their work for the season was done the moment they secured their Premier League status. Depending on results on the final day of the season, the Seagulls could still finish as high as tenth.

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