Brighton & Hove Albion host Manchester City at the American Express Community Stadium following their promotion to the Premier League after a 35-year wait. The Seagulls were in pole position to be crowned the Championship winners before they slipped to second place behind Newcastle United. Manchester City finished third in the Premier League last season, while manager Pep Guardiola experienced a trophyless season for the first time in his career. However, the club did automatically qualify for the Champions League group stages.
Betting Tips for the game
Brighton & Hove Albion come into the game on the back of three wins in six pre-season outings. The Seagulls notched 14 goals during the period with four clean sheets, but most of the opposition were of lower standard.
Manchester City enjoyed a better pre-season with three wins in four games with their only defeat against arch-rivals Manchester United. City scored 11 goals and conceded just three in those games, while keeping two clean sheets in the process.
The previous meeting between the clubs was in the 2008/09 League Cup, and Brighton ended up winning the game on penalties after the scores were level at 2-2. Our betting and predictions tips anticipate a comfortable win for Manchester City.
Brighton & Hove Albion are 11/1 to win with Unibet, but we do not expect the newcomers to succeed on the opening day despite the home advantage. Manchester City won just two of their last five outings on the road last season, but they still had the second best away record after picking up 38 points away from home – only four less than league champions Chelsea. Our preview is confident of a victory for Manchester City, and it could be backed at 1/3 with Bet365.
Correct Score odds
Despite conceding just 40 goals in 46 Championship games last season, Brighton are up against a much stiffer opposition in the Premier League. Brighton recently succumbed to a 3-2 friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid. Manchester City, on the other hand, finished with the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League conceding just 39 goals in 38 games. They were also free-scoring with 80 goals, six more than Brighton’s tally last term. Our correct score prediction is to go with a 3-1 win for Manchester City at 12/1 with Bet365.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Three of the last five games at the AmEx Stadium witnessed more than 2.5 goals. Meanwhile, it was a similar case with City with their last five away fixtures providing over 2.5 goals. Our total goals prediction is to go with over 2.5 goals which can be backed at 27/20 with Coral.
First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero topped Manchester City’s scoring charts with 20 goals in 31 outings last term. He has just managed one goal in four pre-season games, but he could express himself against a newly promoted opposition in Brighton. Aguero has netted six goals in his last five league games on the road, and he will have the opportunity to extend this streak due to City’s creative force. Our first goal scorer prediction is to go with Sergio Aguero at 16/5 with Paddy Power.