2018-19 Premier League: Week 38 – Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City

Manchester City head to Brighton & Hove Albion knowing that victory at the Amex will see them defend their Premier League crown. 

With a win, City will also become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to defend their title, but a draw or defeat opens the door for Liverpool to snatch their first Premier League title.

 

Team news

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Brighton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this match as captain, Bruno prepares to play his final match before retiring this summer. 

Davvy Propper (hamstring), Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Jason Steele (wrist) are all absent but should be available for pre-season. 

Manchester City could have Kevin de Bruyne available after a thigh injury but Fernando is ruled out with a knee injury. 

The Brazilian however is set to be available for next Saturday’s FA Cup Final as Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) remain sidelined.

 

Form

Brighton come into this game with three draws in their last four matches but haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches, since beating Huddersfield 1-0 in early March. 

Manchester City arrive on a 13 match unbeaten run but have won three of their last four games by a single goal. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Brighton have lost each of their last four meetings with Manchester City, including a 1-0 defeat in FA Cup semi-finals last month. 
  • Two of Man City’s three Premier League titles have been won on the final day and on both of those such occasions, the Citizens were at home. 
  • Sergio Aguero is the only City player to score more than once in three Premier League meetings with the Seagulls, netting twice. 
  • This is the fifth consecutive season in which Aguero has scored at least 20 Premier League goals for Man City. 
  • Brighton have produced 28 less blocks than the 190 which they made last season yet are again the second best team at blocking shots. 

 

Prediction

Man City haven’t been at their best in recent weeks which is a slight worry but like Leicester did in 2015-16, they have grinded out those wins like true champions do although Brighton will be dangerous now they’re safe. 

Throw in the fact that the Citizens’ two previous final day title wins occurred at home then this away trip might be a bad omen, and coupled with Brighton’s improved form I can see a draw here regardless of what Liverpool do at Anfield.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Manchester City

Jake predicts: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Manchester City

Result: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City, (Manchester City wins Premier League title!!!)

 

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