Preview - Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion 31 August 19

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Match Day 4
Manchester City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, August 31st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.50
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.61
Top Scorer (18/19): Sergio Agüero (21)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: D L W D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 0.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.58
Top Scorer (18/19): Glen Murray (13)

City are a perfect two from two on the road this season, but having dropped two points to Spurs in their only previous game at the Etihad, they will be hoping - and expecting - to get their home campaign up and running properly this weekend, as Graham Potter brings his Brighton & Hove Albion side to town.

City knocked Brighton out of the FA Cup last season, in addition to doing the double over them in the league - winning this game 2-0 and coming out on top 4-1 at the Amex.

City weren't anything like at their best at Bournemouth last weekend - they had played much better in that game here against Spurs - but they still made more than enough chances to deservedly win the game. An ominous sign for their rivals.

Brighton meanwhile have started the season well, impressively beating Watford on the opening day, drawing at home to West Ham, before being a little unlucky to lose to Southampton when down to ten men for the majority of the game.

Potter is a shrewd tactician and will likely have a reasonable plan for this one. City have an abundance of midfield men capable of unpicking a packed defence though, and are simply devastating on the counter should Brighton be forced to come out of their shell at any point.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots:  15 - 6
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 1
Possession: 54% - 46%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Jonathan Moss taking the name of Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City and Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion.

A fairly predictable afternoon at the Etihad in the end as Manchester City won this one in a canter. Brighton did do better than most in terms of possession, but even accounting for that, they were never really in this one.

Any thoughts Brighton may have had of setting their stall out were extinguished after only seventy odd seconds. Olexandr Zinchenko playing in David Silva in the left of the area. Silva's cutback taking the keeper out of the game allowing the arriving Kevin De Bruyne to finish into the empty net from around seven yards.

Attack against defence for the remainder of the first half really, and the second duly arrived in the 43rd minute courtesy of a lovely passing team goal. Slick interplay down the right ending with the ball being played into the area to Sergio Agüero. Agüero taking a couple of touches headed towards the near post before lashing in high to the right-hand side from eight yards. 2-0 at the interval.

Agüero was at it again ten minutes into the second half. Found on the edge of the area and slightly to the left, he took a touch inside before picking out the top right corner with an excellent strike.

The two-goal Argentinian then turned provider in the 79th minute when slipping in the overlapping Bernardo Silva in the left of the area. Silva doing the rest to sweep the ball into the bottom left from the right corner of the six-yard box. 4-0 it finished.

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