Preview - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Manchester City
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: American Express Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion: 
Last five matches form: L D L D D
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 1.51
Top Scorer: Glen Murray (12)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.46
Average goals against per match: 0.59
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (20)


And so it all comes down to this. One more win for Manchester City and they will become the first side to successfully defend the Premier League title in a decade. Standing in their way are a Brighton & Hove Albion side who have - with some relief - now achieved their goal of Premier League survival.


There's no room for error for Manchester City here. Should they fail to win, and Liverpool beat Wolves at home, then the Premier League trophy will be headed to Anfield.


Manchester City won both the game here last season, and the reverse fixture at the Etihad earlier in the current campaign. Neither game was a rout though with the final score being 2-0 on each occasion.


José Izquierdo looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo miss out for Manchester City.


Brighton haven't been their usual selves at home with just the one win in their past eight in front of their own fans, failing to score in five of their past eight. They played pretty well against Arsenal last time out though, looking more relaxed with their safety assured.


City have now won 13 consecutive games in the League as they have overhauled Liverpool's advantage. That run includes wins in their past six on the road, keeping five clean sheets across those games.


The pressure is certainly on for City here, but then it has been for a while now. This is a side well used to coping with such pressure and we don't expect them to slip up.


Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0 - 2 Manchester City



Harry85

Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots:  6 - 20
Shots on target: 2 - 9
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 24% - 76%


No bookings at the Amex as referee Michael Oliver kept his cards in his pocket throughout.


There was a little bit of drama on the final day of the most enthralling Premier League title race in years. After 27 minutes of the respective games Liverpool were winning at home to Wolves whilst Manchester City were a goal down in this one. In truth though that drama was very short lived, and City stamped their class all over this one to win in a canter.


As mentioned it was Brighton who struck first to at least give some hope to Juergen Klopp's men. Pascal Gross swinging in a 27th minute corner from the left hand side to be met at the near post by Glen Murray to glance a header in to the near side from only a couple of yards.


City however responded as champions do and equalised under a minute later. A ball pinged in towards David Silva in the left of the area and the Spaniard flicking the bal wonderfully into the path of Sergio Agüero who beat the offside trap before firing through the legs of Matt Ryan from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box.


Ten minutes later City had the lead. A Riyad Mahrez corner from the right finding Aymeric Laporte arriving with the freedom of the penalty area to power a header down and in to the left hand side from around six yards. 1-2 at the break.


In the 63rd minute the title race was as good as over. Good patience from Mahrez on the edge of the area and central to cut back inside onto his right and power an effort towards the top right corner. Ryan got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.


The icing on the cake came in the 72nd minute. Ilkay Gundogan lining up a free kick around 25 yards out and central and curling a beauty into the top right. 1-4 final score.


100 points last season and 98 this, it may have been close in the end but there aren't many who would argue that classy Manchester City aren't deserving 2018/19 Premier League Champion's, becoming the first side to successfully defend the title in a decade. Next up the FA Cup Final and the possibility of a domestic treble,


Brighton meanwhile finish one spot above the relegation zone in 17th.




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