Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton and Hove Albion, Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Live Stream, Premier League 2020/21

Carabao Cup finalists Manchester City will host Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League, and Alley Sport is here with Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton. Pep Guardiola’s men are in great form, and will hope to continue their steady rise up the Premier League table with a win over Graham Potter’s Brighton.

Man City defender John Stones scored the opener for City in the derby against United | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton
Man City defender John Stones scored the opener for City in the derby against United | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton

Manchester City vs Brighton, Match Preview

Pep Guardiola had to navigate through a crisis in his squad after few players tested positive for COVID-19 and had to miss City’s last few games. In spite of this, the blue half of Manchester prevailed against their rivals in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, reaching the competition finals for the fourth time in a row. Defender John Stones, who has had a renaissance in the last few months opened the scoring for City from a Kevin de Bruyne free-kick into the area. Captain Fernandinho’s screamer from outside the box added to United’s misery, giving them their fourth semi-final defeat in a row.

City are in a 12-match unbeaten run, their last defeat coming to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, whom they will be facing the EFL Cup final. Before the game against Brighton at home, City will host Championship side Birmingham City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Ironically, Brighton’s last victory in a competitive fixture came on the same day as City’s last defeat. The two teams have had contrasting journeys after that day, with Brighton failing to win even a single game of football after their 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Graham Potter’s men are against the tide at City and will be hoping to take something away from this game.

City are unbeaten in all competitions since November 21 | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton
City are unbeaten in all competitions since November 21 | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton

Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton and Hove Albion: Latest Team News

City will host Birmingham in the FA Cup before the game against Brighton, and the Seagulls will also be on the road, facing Newport County in a cup match before travelling to the North-West. City will be without defenders Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia and Nathan Ake who are injury doubts for this game. Goalkeeper Ederson is also a doubt for this fixture, while new signing Ferran Torres is ruled out due to injury. Pep Guardiola will have to bet on Aguero’s fitness or continue with a striker-less playing XI.

Brighton players Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are ruled out of this fixture, while Danny Welbeck and the promising full-back Tariq Lamptey are injury doubts.

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City players Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres are doubtful for the game against Brighton | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton
City players Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres are doubtful for the game against Brighton | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton

Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton

Pep Guardiola has been playing without an out-and-out striker for a few games, with Sergio Aguero not fully match fit and Gabriel Jesus testing positive for the corona virus. Ferran Torres filled in that role, before getting injured. Since then, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne or Riyad Mahrez have tried fulfilling that role in varied capacities. We expect this to continue, with the possibility of either Sterling or Mahrez drifting centrally as the match progresses. Ilkay Gundogan has been crucial for City against both Chelsea and United and he is expected to continue in City’s midfield. Here is our Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton and Hove Albion:

Formation: 4-3-3

GK: Zack Steffen

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko

CB: Ruben Dias

CB: John Stones

RB: Joao Cancelo

CDM: Fernandinho (c)

CM: Ilkay Gundogan

CM: Kevin de Bruyne

LW: Phil Foden

ST: Gabriel Jesus

RW: Raheem Sterling

Kevin de Bruyne will look to add to his 8 league assists against Brighton | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton
Kevin de Bruyne will look to add to his 8 league assists against Brighton | Image: Getty Images, Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton

Manchester City predicted lineup vs Brighton and Hove Albion: Score prediction

City have not lost since November 21 and we expect them to continue their fine run of form against a downtrodden Brighton and Hove Albion side that are yet to win in a month and a half. Expect a 3-0 victory for Guardiola’s Cityzens.

Manchester City vs Brighton, Live Stream

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