How To Watch
Who: Manchester City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
When: Saturday at 10 a.m. ET
Where: Etihad Stadium
TV: NBCSportsGold.com PL Pass
Man City will be hoping to continue their fine early season form when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad on Saturday.
City already have two wins to their name after brushing aside both West Ham and Bournemouth but dropped points for the first time since January after the controversial draw with Tottenham that saw a late Gabriel Jesus winner ruled out by VAR.Manager Pep Guardiola revealed that Jesus, alongside teammate John Stones, are ‘much better after their recent injury woes but they remain a doubt for the Premier League clash.
They are much better. I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow but they are much better,” he said.
“If they are not ready for tomorrow, they will be ready for the Norwich game after the break.
Pep Guardiola will be looking to keep within touching distance of Liverpool on Saturday when Manchester City take on Brighton.
City secured the Premier League title on the final day of last season against Brighton, and face the Seagulls for the third time in 15 domestic games this weekend.
Brighton have a new manager in charge in former Swansea boss Graham Potter, and have four points from their opening three Premier League fixtures.
Guardiola could have John Stones available after the defender missed the last two fixtures but the centre-back returned to training. Gabriel Jesus is likely to miss out after missing last week’s win at Bournemouth, meaning Sergio Aguero should lead the line.
Current Brighton & Hove Albion squad is:
Forwards: Glenn Murray, Leandro Trossard, Florin Andone, Neal Maupay, Soufyan Ahannach, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Romaric Yapi
Midfilders: Dale Stephens, Pascal Groß, Davy Pröpper, Aaron Mooy, Solly March, José Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma, Tudor Băluță, Steven Alzate
Defenders: Gaëtan Bong, Leon Balogun, Shane Duffy, Ezequiel Schelotto, Dan Burn, Martín Montoya, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Bernardo, Warren O’Hora
Goalkeepers: Jason Steele, David Button, Mathew Ryan
Current Manchester City squad is:
Forwards: Sergio Agüero, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus, Nabil Touaizi, Ian Carlo Poveda
Midfilders: David Silva, Fernandinho, İlkay Gündoğan, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Aleix García, Rodrigo, Phil Foden, Iker Pozo, Thomas Doyle, Adrian Bernabe Garcia, Benjamin Knight
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Nicolás Otamendi, João Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Angeliño, Alpha Diounkou Tecagne
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson, Claudio Bravo, Ederson, Daniel Grimshaw, Gavin Bazunu
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
After opening up with a 5-0 romp at West Ham, City failed to make their superiority count when held to a 2-2 draw here by Tottenham.
However, the champions got back on track by beating Bournemouth 3-1 at Vitality Stadium, with Sergio Aguero hitting a double to reach 400 career goals.
Pep Guardiola praised his team for battling through a physical encounter on the south coast, with only Harry Wilson’s stunning free-kick getting past Ederson.
Guardiola said: “The quality of our players in front made the difference and we won the game.”
Aguero was one of several players to return late from Copa America duty, but he now appears in fine fettle after completing the full 90 minutes.
Looking at the Man City vs Brighton odds, we like 13/1 for the Argentina ace to open the scoring in a 3-0 win.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Laporte, Otamendi, Gundogan, De Bruyne, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero.
A Look At Brighton Betting Odds
Graham Potter made a bright start to his Brighton reign by winning 3-0 at Watford and then drawing 1-1 with West Ham.
A 2-0 home loss to Southampton burst his bubble, but there were excuses due to Florin Andone’s dismissal and Tuesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup triumph at Bristol Rovers gave some fringe players a chance to impress.
Potter said: “It was a really pleasing evening for us. It was a tough game, but the application and effort from the players was really pleasing.
“Out of possession, we worked really hard. It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of direct play going on, but we dealt with it in the main quite well.”
It goes without saying, though, that City’s slick passing and movement up front will pose a very different set of problems.
The Blues haven’t been starting games as sharply as last season, but have hit the target inside 25 minutes in four straight matches.
Let’s finish off our Man City vs Brighton betting tips by taking 17/10 for the Blues to lead after 15 minutes on this occasion.