|Brighton celebrate a late Dan Burn goal last time they met City, will they repeat the feat on Saturday? (Photo credit: premierleague.com)
Brighton vs Manchester CityAmex Stadium5:30pm
Brighton are unbeaten in five games, they sit fourth on the log and are looking up, it’s their best ever start to the season and they can build on that with a sensational win against Manchester City at the Amex on Saturday.
Manchester City can make a strong
statement in the title race with a win here, they sit third on the log, two
points off the Blues at the top and should there be an upset at Stamford Bridge
earlier on, the Cityzens will seek to capitalize.
Brighton have been amazing since
the start of the season, they have lost just once and have been very resolute
till the very end. Brighton are very much close to the top in terms of distance
covered and if they score as much as their xG suggests, they would be just
Brighton beat City last time out
with a late Dan Burn strike, it was the first ever time they were beating the
champions in the league and they will want to draw inspirations from that game
that happened at the tail end of last season, City had the league wrapped up by
Manchester City have the best
defense in the league, they face a Brighton team that don’t score much, does
this point us into any direction? Will Brighton alter their shape to accommodate
an extra man in midfield?
Manchester City will be expected
to retain the core that has delivered this season, Bernardo Silva, Jack
Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne will be trusted and Phil Foden might get a look in
as well but will top scorer so far, Gabriel Jesus get a starting role?
How will Brighton approach this?
They can’t afford to defend too deep else they become overwhelmed by City’s
penetrating football, they also can’t afford to commit too many players forward
else they get caught when they’re thin at the back, it’s a big conundrum.
City will continue the high press
when they don’t have the ball and possession football when they have the
advantage, an early goal will settle nerves and they will want to avoid the
situation that saw them settle for a goalless draw against Southampton.
Manchester City are used to
beating Brighton until the last time out, was that a blip or there’s a shift? Time