Manchester City eyes strong finish

Manchester City eyes strong finish

Manchester City lock horns with Brighton & Hove Albion with aims of finishing their Premier League strong, just after they clinched the title. Man City were able to defend their Premier League title after their dominant win against Chelsea. Brighton on the other hand is looking to secure the sixth spot in the league table, to play in the Europa League. Both Man City and Brighton were able to secure their spots in the European stage when they won their previous matches. Nonetheless, whatever the result in this match, both teams are already secured of a spot in Europe next season. However, both Man City and Brighton wants to end their campaign strong, for a better momentum in the European stage. This meeting is hosted by Brighton on May 25, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams first met each other in 1924, and since then, they already shared 29 meetings. From those 29 matches, 11 of which are coming in the Premier League. Additionally, the visitors are the dominant one in this meetings, as they won 11 of their last 12 meetings. Moreover, the visitors also were able to score in 11 of their meetings in the Premier League against the hosts. The hosts on the other hand have six wins, but all of those wins are coming at home. In addition to this record, the hosts were also able to score more than once in their 11 league meetings.

Manchester City

Premier League: Manchester CIty
Photo courtesy of UEFA

Man City have nothing but confidence coming into this match, as they grabbed for the third time the Premier League title. This is after they finished at the top of the league table with 88 points, although they had a rough path reaching the top. Their game against Chelsea helped them to secure their title, winning in a 1-0 score line. It was Julian Alvarez who helped Man City bag another title, after he scored a goal in the 12th minute. Additionally, that win also extended their winning run into 12 games, which is a huge boost for them. Coming into this game, Man City wants to ensure the win as they will be playing in the Champions League and FA Cup next month. A strong finish in the league could give them a good momentum.

The only injury concern for Man City is Nathan Ake, who is nearing his comeback after a hamstring injury, as Man City does not want to risk him.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Brighton on the other hand is a team with confidence as well coming into this match because they were able to secure a European spot as well. Their 3-1 win against relegated Southampton helped them to secure their spot. This is the first time that Brighton secured a spot in the European stage for the first time in their history. Goals from Evan Fereguson, and Pascal Gross helped Brighton secure their win and their spot in Europe. Brighton are currently sitting at the sixth of the league table with 61 points. If they win this game and their last match, they could improve and be at the fifth of the league table. Nonetheless, Brighton are coming into this match with heads held high after their qualification in Europe.

Brighton have a long list of absentees in this match with March, Lallana, Lamptey, Moder, and Sarmiento all absent in this game. Robert Sanchez on the other hand remains to be out in this match as well, sitting out on their last three games.

Prediction:

Manchester City (1.0)
Odds: -0.82

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