Brighton & Hove Albion host Manchester City in a midweek Premier League match on Thursday (May 25) at the Falmer Stadium.
City have just won their third consecutive league title and are now aiming for their first continental treble, with the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup finals taking place next month. With a 1-0 home win over Chelsea on Sunday, they extended their Premier League winning streak to 12 games. Pep Guardiola fielded a mostly second-string squad, with Julian Alvarez scoring in the 12th minute.
Meanwhile, Brighton secured their campaign goal with a 3-1 win over last-placed Southampton on Sunday, allowing them to qualify for Europe for the first time. In the home game, Evan Ferguson scored twice in the first half and Pascal Gross scored in the second.
Surprisingly, the Seagulls, who are sixth in the table, only need a point from their next two games to secure a direct entry into the UEFA Europa League, ahead of seventh-placed Aston Villa.
Brighton and Manchester City will face off in the Premier League 2023 on 25th May 2023 at the Falmer Stadium.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Brighton vs Manchester City, Premier League 2023
Date: Thursday, 25 May 2023
Kickoff: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Falmer Stadium
Brighton are still without Tariq Lamptey, Solly March, Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento, Adam Webster, and Jakub Moder due to injuries.
Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who has been demoted to backup, has requested to be left out of the squad.
Brighton Possible Starting Lineup:
Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Gross, Caicedo; Buonanotte, Mac Allister, Mitoma; Welbeck
Pep Guardiola made numerous changes for the win over Chelsea, as his attention is now firmly focused on the Champions League and FA Cup finals. On that occasion, he named possibly the strongest bench in Premier League history, but those heavy hitters could return here.
Nathan Ake, the only real injury concern, is a defender. The Dutchman is expected to return soon, but given his importance to the team this season, Guardiola is unlikely to rush him back.
Manchester City Possible Starting Lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte; Stones, Rodri; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland
Brighton vs Manchester City Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Since 1924, the two teams have met 29 times in various competitions, with 11 of those meetings taking place in the Premier League. City is up 19-6.
- In all competitions, City has won 11 of their last 12 games against Brighton.
- The Seagulls have won all six games against City at home, with the most recent coming in the 2020-21 season.
- City has 33 goals in 11 Premier League meetings against Brighton.
- Brighton has scored more than once against City in each of their 11 league meetings.
Statistics for Brighton and Manchester City
Brighton will face a Manchester City team that may be lacking in motivation. With the Premier League title already secured, Thursday’s game has no meaning for City. Man City’s match at Brentford on Sunday doesn’t either. Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, could rest his key players knowing that they must still compete in the FA Cup and Champions League finals in the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, Brighton has a lot to play for. To qualify for next season’s Europa League, the club must finish in the top six of the table. Brighton are sixth in the EPL table, three points ahead of Aston Villa.
Manchester City has dominated the Brighton series. The Cityzens have won 10 of the 11 league meetings between the two clubs. This includes a 3-1 win over Brighton earlier this season. Manchester City has outscored Brighton 10-2 in the last three games.
Furthermore, City has performed admirably on the road this season. The club has 11 wins, three draws, and three losses in 17 away games. Manchester City’s 36 road points are second only to Arsenal’s 39, but City still has two games in hand. The club’s away goal differential of +19 is the best in the league.
- Manchester City will most likely rest some of their key players.
- This month, Brighton defeated top-five rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.
- Brighton has only lost two games in their last 12 at home in all competitions.
- Manchester City has won their last 12 Premier League games.
- Manchester City has won 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions against Brighton & Hove Albion.
- In the last six meetings between these two teams, 23 goals have been scored.
- Brighton has won four of their last six league games.
- Brighton has scored 15 goals in their last six matches while conceding 10.
Brighton vs Manchester City Prediction
Brighton won their most recent game. The team led by Roberto De Zerbi faced Southampton. The score was 3-1 at the end of the game. Now, Roberto De Zerbi’s men turn their attention to their next opponents, Manchester City. Brighton had 62% of the ball against Southampton. In terms of shots on goal, Brighton shot 26 times in the previous game, while Roberto De Zerbi’s men gave up 5 shots. Manchester City triumphed in their most recent match. Chelsea was their most recent opponent. The score was 1-0 when the referee blew the whistle. Manchester City controlled 65% of the ball in their match against Chelsea. Manchester City has the following statistics when it comes to shots on goal: There were 15 shots on attack and 12 shots on defense. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Manchester City to win at the odds of 1.90.
Brighton vs Manchester City Key Player:
Julian Alvarez – Due to Erling Haaland’s overwhelming success, Julian Alvarez has had to play a bit part for Man City this season. However, the World Cup and Premier League winner has contributed 9 goals this season and always delivers when called upon. Alvarez scored the only goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, and we expect him to score again against Brighton.