Kick-off: 1800, 13/01/2021
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Manchester City did the double over Brighton last season by an aggregate score of 9-0 and are expected to cruise to another Premier League triumph on Wednesday.
The Blues have been in clinical form of late, rattling off six straight victories in all competitions, conceding only two goals in the process.
Punters can get 20/23 for them to win to nil again here and that is our first Man City vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City followed up last week’s 2-0 EFL Cup semi-final success versus neighbours United by brushing aside Birmingham 3-0 in the FA Cup.
The Blues effectively wrapped up victory in the first 33 minutes with a Bernardo Silva double and a Phil Foden strike.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, standing in for Ederson due to his recent positive coronavirus test, said: “It was a good effort, a professional performance by the guys.”
Steffen was also between the sticks at Old Trafford and for a 3-1 league win at Chelsea.
He added: “It’s been great to get out there. I’ve had guys in front of me that have done a really good job in the last three games and it’s been a pleasure.”
Summer signing Ruben Dias has been a rock at the heart of City’s defence, helping a rejuvenated John Stones to also impress.
Going forward, the Blues have begun to rediscover the fluidity which has brought so much silverware to the club during Pep Guardiola’s reign.
Looking at the Man City vs Brighton odds, we like 13/2 for a 3-0 home win.
Last City line-up: Steffen, Walker, Dias, Mendy, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Jesus, Mahrez, Foden.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton had to work much harder than Graham Potter will have wanted when scraping past Newport on penalties in the FA Cup.
Solly March seemed to have settled the issue in the closing stages of normal time, but Adam Webster’s own goal led to an extra half an hour and spot-kicks.
“Traumatic as well as dramatic is what I’d call it,” Potter said. “Newport showed all their battling qualities and full credit to them for that.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult tie and they didn’t disappoint us. We should have won it and seen it out at the end of 90 minutes, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Potter made five changes for that tie but many of his players could feel the effects of such a long night on a heavy pitch.
In the Premier League, Albion are only one place above the relegation zone following eight top-flight fixtures without a win.
The Seagulls have shown plenty of spirit to draw five of those, but all the evidence suggests this task will prove too difficult.
We’re taking 5/4 for their hosts to win both halves as our final Man City vs Brighton prediction.
Last Brighton line-up: Steele, White, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Gross, March, Maupay, Jahanbakhsh, Zeqiri.
MAN CITY 3-0 Birmingham – Bernardo Silva (2), Phil Foden
Newport 1-1 BRIGHTON (3-4 on pens) – Solly March
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-5 Man City, Man City 4-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-4 Man City, Man City 1-0 Brighton, Man City 2-0 Brighton
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