Brighton vs Man City betting tips, preview and predictions: City to make easy work of new boys
Manchester City to win BTTS @ 15/8 with SkyBet
Draw HT/Man City FT @ 11/4 with SkyBet
Manchester City with a -2 handicap @ 21/10 with Skybet
Brightom could hardly ask for a tougher opening game in their maiden Premier League season than Manchester City at the Amex Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s men are among the favourites for the title after making history by becoming the first side to spend over £200million in a single transfer market.
Guardiola will be disappointed in his side’s performance last season, given that they failed to win a trophy let alone the title, and he will want them to hit the ground running this season. Early form did not let City down last season, though, as they won their first ten games in all competitions. The biggest challenge will be keeping that consistency up all season.
But the options at Guardiola’s disposal are scary. In attack, he hasn’t even had to add anyone, with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero ready to lead the line flanked by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. But central creative players, like Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva will face competition from Bernardo Silva, who joined from Monaco. Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy are the three new fullbacks signed to replace Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta.
Picking out ways Brighton can win this one is tough, but the reason one of our tips is a late City win is if they hold out for the first half. While they may want to start at pace in their first game in the top flight, committing men against that talent, and the dynamic system Guardiola will have them playing in, will only leave them exposed. If they work hard and stay organised, they can perhaps hold out for long periods.
All that said, another tip has Brighton to score, and that is because, if they can build up a head of steam and put City under pressure, there will be gaps to exploit at the back. New goalkeeper Edison has not yet looked solid, and Guardiola will want a high line. If Anthony Knockaert and Sam Baldock can drop in between the City defence and midfield, which is also unlikely to have an anchor, and then run beyond Glenn Murray, there could be a genuine chance for the Seagulls to net their first Premier League goal.
Key battle: Steve Sidwell vs Bernardo Silva
Steve Sidwell is a player with a lot of Premier League experience and great leadership. He will be among those driving home the need to keep a shape, especially against City new boy Silva. At Monaco, he became known for his dribbling ability and the fact he liked to drag players out of position. Partnered by most likely De Bruyne, he will have the space to roam as part of an interchange with the Belgian.
Sidwell will hope to keep him within a certain zone of the pitch, and to do that he cannot afford to follow Silva. He must keep his position and only then will he give himself the nest chance of containing the Portugal international.