Manchester City vs Brighton Hove Albion| Premier League|Etihad Stadium| KO 18:00| BT Sport
Manchester City host Brighton Hove Albion, looking to extend their impressive 13-match unbeaten run.
On Sunday, Manchester City breezed past Birmingham in the FA Cup to reach the Fourth round.
Now, though, Guardiola’s side turn their attentions to Graham Potter’s Brighton in the Premier League.
A win could take the Sky Blues up to third in the table, despite City having another two games in hand.
Sergio Aguero will be absent from the squad again, due to the Argentine self-isolating after coming into contact with a Covid-19 case.
Aymeric Laporte is still injured and will miss out again.
Guardiola is also missing Nathan Ake, due to injury, and Eric Garcia, who is also self-isolating.
However, Guardiola could welcome back both Ferran Torres and Ederson into his starting line-up, after the duo ended their periods of isolation, last week.
Guardiola has not revealed whether Gabriel Jesus will return to the side or whether Kevin de Bruyne will play as a false nine.
Graham Potter’s Brighton have struggled this season, whilst the Seagulls are very good in possession, they have been poor defensively.
They go into the game, 17th in the Premier League table, and desperately seeking a win that would take them clear of the relegation zone.
The Seagulls, however, are winless in their last eight league games.
Brighton have been badly hit by injuries and suspension and will be without: Lamptey (injury), Connolly (injury), Welbeck (injury), Lallana (illness) and Bissouma (suspension).
This fixture last season resulted in a 4-0 Manchester City victory.
- Manchester City have won all six of their Premier League matches against Brighton, scoring 20 goals and conceding just twice.
- Brighton have never won an away league game against Man City in 10 previous attempts (D2 L8), losing their last six visits in a row between 1983 and 2019.
- Brighton have led for just 83 seconds in their six Premier League meetings with Manchester City – Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls the lead in May 2019 before Sergio Aguero equalised, with City going on to win 4-1 to clinch the title.
- Since shipping five goals against Leicester in a 5-2 defeat in September, Man City have conceded just seven goals in 13 Premier League games, four fewer than any other side since the start of October.
- Brighton have conceded the fifth-highest number of goals in the Premier League this season (28), but have the sixth-lowest expected goals against figure so far (18.6), meaning they’ve conceded around nine goals more than would normally be expected based on the quality of chances they’ve faced.
Brighton will be badly wanting a win but their insistence on trying to play possession football will be their downfall. Manchester City are in great form and I struggle to see anything other than a City win. Brighton Hove Albion 0-3 Manchester City.
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