Manchester City are back at the Etihad Stadium for a match against Brighton this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s team remain two points behind Liverpool after the opening six games of the season. Brighton, meanwhile, are already 11 points behind the City even after having just played for a possible 18 points. Chris Hughton’s men, though, are closer to the top half rather than to the bottom. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Manchester City came up with a five-star performance to beat Cardiff City 5-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. This was followed by a comfortable 3-0 success over Oxford United in a game that witnessed significant changes to the first-team by Guardiola.
Brighton’s winless run hit five games after the team lost 2-1 against Tottenham during the weekend. Chris Hughton, though, has had a full week to prepare for this encounter.
City were able to register a comfortable 3-1 win over Brighton in the only recent meeting between the two clubs at Etihad Stadium. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a win for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Manchester City win at 1.07[/bet_tip_now]
Brighton are priced at a whopping 23.00 to win the game. Even then, we would not pick an away victory considering that Chris Hughton’s men are largely dependent on home from in order to see them through the campaign. Last season, Brighton picked up just two away victories in 19. Meanwhile, Manchester City failed to win just three league games at Etihad Stadium last season and they have made an impeccable start to the season – apart from dropping points against Wolves. Our preview would pick a win for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Manchester City win at 1.07[/bet_tip_now]
Manchester City vs Brighton draw odds: 11.00
Brighton win odds: 23.00
Correct Score odds
Brighton are expected to line up in a very defensive mindset and they may not even venture out of their own half. Yet, such tactics are unlikely to put off Guardiola, who has faced many such teams over the years. City have the quality to break down deep defences and the club will be looking for a fast start in order to rest players ahead of the midweek Champions League game against Hoffenheim. Our correct score prediction anticipates a Manchester City 3-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Manchester City 3-0 win at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Even though Brighton are not are strong team, Chris Hughton has made them hard workers. Liverpool and Manchester City are the only teams to score more than 2.5 goals past Brighton’s defence in the last 11 league outings. Our total goals prediction would back over 2.5 goals – even if the visitors do not contribute.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.30[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero was rested for the midweek match against Oxford United. He broke his four-game goal drought with the opener against Cardiff City. Aguero’s low centre of gravity will be crucial against a jam-packed Brighton defence. Our first prediction would back Aguero.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Sergio Aguero at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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