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Manchester City host Brighton at the Etihad Stadium at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon. With Chelsea and Liverpool playing in the later game on the Saturday, Manchester City have the possibility to return to the top of the league, temporarily at least, if they overcome relegation battlers Brighton.

Home Team: Manchester City

manchester city fc betting footballManchester City have had two blips in an otherwise impressive start to the season. Manchester City dropped points at Wolves at the beginning of the month, but manager Pep Guardiola labelled it as a ‘good point’ against the newly promoted team. However, their biggest disappointment this season was losing at home to Lyon in the Champions League in an uncharacteristic performance from the club.

That loss would have angered the manager, as they have bounced back winning 5-0 at Cardiff, before beating Oxford United 3-0 in the Carabao Cup. Normal service has been resumed for Manchester City, and they’ll expect another comfortable win this Saturday when Brighton come to town, and that will put them to the top of the Premier League table.

Away Team: Brighton

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION BETTING FOOTBALLBrighton sit in 13th position in the Premier League, which is two places better off when they finished last season. The fans will have been pleased with their season so far, as they have shown a lot of fight and character in all six outings. Their most notable performance was the win at home to Manchester United, 3-2 back in August.

Also, they will have taken pride from their games at home to Fulham and away at Southampton as they fought back in both games from 2-0 down to draw both games 2-2. Their only defeats this season have come against Liverpool, and in their most recent fixtures, Tottenham. Brighton were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the 2nd round this season, so had no game in mid-week so will be fresh and fully prepared to get the best possible result at Manchester City on Saturday.

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Head to Head

Fixtures between these two sides have been few and far between since their first competitive match back in 1924. The sides have faced each other just 19 times throughout the years, with Manchester City winning 10, Brighton winning 5 and the other four occasions ending up in a draw.

They have only played each other three times since the 1980’s, including Brighton’s famous League Cup win against Manchester City in 2008, when Manchester City were desperate to end their 33 years of trophy-less seasons. In the two meetings last year, Manchester City won comfortably at Brighton on the opening day 2-0, and then produced another fine display winning 3-1 when Brighton came to the Etihad in May.

Manchester City vs Brighton Predictions and Betting Tips

Out of all the fixtures in the European Leagues this weekend, none is looking more one sided than this one. Manchester City are at 1/10 to win the match, with Brighton at 22/1 to cause an incredible upset. A draw is priced at 17/2. With Brighton having a whole week to prepare for this match, they may have a drilled mind-set going into the game, so will want to be tough to break down. Just like the bookmakers, I just cannot see anything but an emphatic win for the home side.

Even a score line such as 5-0 is at only 10/1, so I would suggest going for the 3-0 home win which is at 11/2. For goalscorers, it looks more than likely that Sergio Aguero will continue his rich vein of scoring form as he is at 2/5 to score at any time in the match. Raheem Sterling (8/11), Gabriel Jesus (4/7) and Bernando Silva (6/4) are other players I would tip to get a goal during the course of the match.

Glenn Murray is going to be Brighton’s most likely goal scorer, as he is priced at 7/2 to score at any time, or if you fancy your luck, bet on him to open the scoring at 14/1.

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