Premier League | Brighton & Hove Albion VS Manchester City; Friday, 26 April at 03:00 GMT +8

Brighton & Hove Albion have struggled to find their footing in the English top-flight since their exit from the UEFA Europa League in mid-March. They have only managed to score two points in their four subsequent challenges, with a 1-1 draw against Burnley highlighting their need to revive their European chase. Brighton fans may face a tough night at the Amex Stadium, as they have suffered a 0-3 loss against Arsenal, marking the end of a 14-game unbeaten run at home in all competitions.

Man City, the Premier League title holders, have already secured a late 1-0 victory over Chelsea, booking their spot in the FA Cup final. Despite dropping to third place in the table behind Liverpool and Arsenal, they still hold the key to their title destiny as they have a game in hand.

City’s manager, Guardiola, has had enough time to rest and sharpen their focus for the upcoming league commitments, knowing that securing a maximum of 18 points from the final six rounds would clinch them a fourth consecutive title in the Premier League. With the first of their remaining six challenges set to kick off midweek, the Citizens are confident of returning home with the full prize in Manchester after outplaying Brighton in four out of the last five H2H’s.

Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi will not allow Jack Hinshelwood, Solly March, and Kaoru Mitoma to play due to foot surgery, knee injury, and back injury. The Seagulls will use a 4-2-3-1 system.

Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, has no fitness concerns ahead of the match. The Citizens may use a 4-2-3-1 formation, featuring Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Silva, Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne, Grealish, and Haaland.

Predicted lineups:

Brighton & Hove Albion

Goalkeeper: Bart Verbruggen
Defenders: Igor, Lewis Dunk, Jan Paul van Hecke, Joel Veltman
Midfielders: Joao Pedro, Pascal Gross, Jakub Moder, Carlos Baleba, Simon Adingra
Forwards: Danny Welbeck

Manchester City

Goalkeeper: Ederson
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Josko Gvardiol
Midfielders: Jeremy Doku, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Manuel Akanji
Forwards: Kevin De Bruyne, Julian Alvarez, Phil Foden

  • Brighton & Hove Albion- 1 wins
  • Manchester City – 4 wins
  • Draws – 1

Over all competition record

Premier League Standings

Crystal Palace has the potential to score against Newcastle United, but a single goal may prevent a 1-2 draw, with minimal impact on the outcome.

Winning probability:

Brighton & Hove Albion – 15%

Draw – 19%

Manchester City – 66%

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