Preview - Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion 29 September 18

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Match Day 7
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:   
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match: 3.17
Average goals against per match: 0.50
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (4)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: W L D D L
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 1.83
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (4)

Manchester City face Brighton & Hove Albion at home in the Premier League as they bid to keep tabs on early pacesetters Liverpool.

City have rebounded well from their shock defeat at home to Lyon in the Champion's League; firing eight goals without reply since in their games against Cardiff City and Oxford United. They will be fully expecting to pick up the three points here.

The task facing the Seagull's here is well illustrated by the fact that Manchester City have lost just once in their past 34 League outings at home.

Brighton did hold Liverpool to just one goal at Anfield, which may give them hope, but that was more down to uncharacteristically poor finishing from the home side than excellent defending.

City did the double over Brighton last season, winning 2-0 away and this fixture 3-1.

The home side will be without Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne for this one.

Key midfielders Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross both miss out for Brighton.

Brighton have conceded two goals in all bar one of their Premier League games to date. That must be a huge concern heading into this clash with the Premier League's most potent attacking force. City are likely to come at Brighton from all angles here and we don't see the back line of the visitors holding up. They do always look a danger from set pieces though and may just be able to nick a goal.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  15 - 3
Shots on target: 8 - 1
Corner Kicks: 10 - 3
Possession: 74% - 26%

Anthony Knockaert, Shane Duffy and Martin Montoya were all booked for Brighton in this one. Manchester City's players kept on the right side of referee Lee Mason throughout.

Typical stats for a Manchester City home game against lesser opposition with the hosts being miles clear on the possession percentage and shot count. They weren't quite able to turn that superiority into the type of score line that they have on occasion in resent times but nevertheless ran out comfortable winners.

It's never a major positive to lose a game, but Brighton - who managed just the one shot on target - probably won't be too disappointed to have gone down just 2-0 to the defending champions.

The opening quarter of the game was a little scrappier than a usual City game as Brighton attempted to disrupt play - with some success. City did take the lead in the 29th minute though. Good pace and drive from Leroy Sane into the left-hand side of the area before playing an excellent low ball across goal and into the path of a sliding in Raheem Sterling who couldn't miss from a couple of yards, and didn't. 1-0 at the break.

All City in the second half and it looked merely a matter of time until they put this game to bed.

The second came in the 65th minute. A smart one-two between Serio Agüero and Sterling on the edge of the Brighton area ending with Sterling cutting the ball back to the Argentine around the penalty spot. With only the keeper to beat Agüero coolly found the bottom right corner. 2-0 final score.

The Premier League table now has a familiar look to it as City once again sit top. Brighton fall to fourteenth.

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