Manchester City – Brighton will be a pleasing game on the eye on Wednesday (start time 1pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as Pep Guardiola and Graham Potter love their teams to dictate the tempo.
These teams are in very different situations heading into this game with Man City surging up the table and are 14 games unbeaten in all competitions, while Brighton have only won twice so far this season and are hovering just about the relegation zone.
Guardiola and City have a few games in hand and are all of a sudden the massive title favorites after a slow start to the season which saw them struggle to score goals. Scoring goals is still a big problem for the Seagulls, as Potter’s side play some lovely stuff but just don’t convert enough of the chances they create.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City – Brighton.
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Manchester City are without Sergio Aguero, who is self-isolating after being in close contacted to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are out, so John Stones and Ruben Dias play at center back again, while Ederson returns and both Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres are on the bench.
Here's your City line-up for this evening! 💙
XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo
SUBS | Steffen, Walker, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Harwood-Bellis, Mbete
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 13, 2021
Brighton have Danny Welbeck, Aaron Connolly and Tariq Lamptey out injured, plus Adam Lallana is out with illness and Yves Bissouma misses out as he’s suspended. Percy Tau makes his first start for the Seagulls.
🙌 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒…
The Albion side who’ll take on @ManCity tonight at the Etihad.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 13, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Manchester City (-625) are the heavy favorites and Brighton (+1400) are huge underdogs. Brighton could frustrate City, and a draw is handsomely priced at +650.
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This will be an easy win for Manchester City. Defensively they’ve improved and Brighton struggle to score. Going forward, City are in a much better spot than they were at the start of the season. Manchester City 3-0 Brighton.
How to watch Manchester City – Brighton stream and start time
Kick off: Wednesday, 1pm ET
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com