Kick-off: 1730, 06/04/2019
TV: BBC One
Manchester City can keep their hopes of a historic quadruple alive by reaching the FA Cup final at the expense of Brighton on Saturday evening.
The Blues have already wrapped up the EFL Cup at Wembley this term and return there as red-hot favourites to march towards another piece of silverware.
Pep Guardiola’s side beat Albion 2-0 in the Premier League earlier this season and 19/4 for a repeat of that scoreline is our initial Man City vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City had to survive an almighty scare when coming from 2-0 down with just over 20 minutes left on the clock to prevail 3-2 at Swansea in the quarter-finals.
There was a hint of good fortune about a soft penalty decision that helped them draw level, while Sergio Aguero appeared to be just offside for the decider.
However, the character and self-belief shown at Liberty Stadium still shone through and there is clearly a steely determination to pick up all four major trophies available.
Guardiola said: “The players are not stupid, about the fact we’re trying something so difficult to achieve…but mentally they are ready.”
City had previously allowed Newport to grab a consolation goal in the fifth round but were earlier ruthless in beating Rotherham 7-0 and Burnley 5-0.
Looking at the Man City vs Brighton odds, this should be tighter, as Albion are usually tough to break down, but 87/100 for a routine win by the favourites and under 3.5 goals in the game stands out.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Zinchenko, Foden, Sane, Jesus.
Aguero has been included in City’s travelling squad after missing the midweek 2-0 win over Cardiff with a muscle problem.
Left-backs Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph are both out, meaning either a potential recall for Benjamin Mendy, an opportunity for Danilo or a reshuffle involving Aymeric Laporte.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton began their FA Cup campaign with a fine 3-1 success at Bournemouth in round three, but they have since been pushed hard by Championship opposition.
The Seagulls needed a replay and extra-time before finally getting the better of West Brom, before edging out Derby 2-1 on home turf.
Albion were then taken all the way to penalties by Millwall at The Den, but held their nerve to secure a first semi-final appearance since 1983.
“I think that was what you call a proper cup tie,” commented Chris Hughton. “But it’s about character and we had a group of players that decided they desperately wanted to stay in this competition.”
Hughton has made some pivotal substitutions in this competition, highlighting an improved strength in depth this term.
However, they have failed to score before the interval in three of their last four FA Cup fixtures and may face a similar fate here.
Let’s add 11/5 for Albion to be trailing 1-0 at half-time to our Man City vs Brighton betting tips.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Stephens, March, Propper, Bissouma, Andone, Jahanbakhsh.
Solly March and Jurgen Locadia both face late fitness tests on calf problems, while Pascal Gross continues to be absent with a hamstring injury.
Last FA Cup result:
Swansea 2-3 MAN CITY – Bernardo Silva, Kristoffer Nordfeldt (og), Sergio Aguero
Millwall 2-2 BRIGHTON (4-5 on pens) – Jurgen Locadia, Solly March
Head-to-head: Man City 2-0 Brighton, Man City 3-1 Brighton, Brighton 0-2 Man City
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