Brighton – Manchester City: How to watch, injury news, start time, odds, prediction

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Brighton – Manchester City will be a fun encounter on Tuesday (start time 2pm ET online via Peacock Premium) as the Seagulls will aim to take a big scalp against the champions.

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Brighton have had a bit of a slump in recent weeks as they lost against Wolves and then drew against West Ham after leading in both games. The Seagulls have now dropped more points from winning positions this season than any other Premier League team. Graham Potter’s side play an open, attractive style and Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the rising English manager. Having up to 8,000 fans back at the Amex Stadium will be a huge boost and should give Brighton a lift.

Manchester City secured the title a few days ago but they made hard work of a 4-3 win at Newcastle United on Friday, as Ferran Torres’ sublime hat trick sealed the victory. City gave Scott Carson a start in goal, plus made plenty of other changes, as their focus has now fully switched to resting players with the UEFA Champions League final in Porto against Chelsea on May 29 at the front and center of their mind. The final few games of the PL season are all about not picking up injuries for City and tuning themselves up for the final which will define Guardiola’s time in charge of the club.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Brighton – Manchester City.

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Injury news

Brighton are without suspended duo Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay, while Davy Propper could return but Joel Veltman will not after small knocks. Solly March and Tariq Lamptey are out for the season.

Manchester City will rotate their team once again. Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are both struggling with knocks and may not feature. USMNT fans will be hoping to see Zack Steffen start in goal this time.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Brighton are huge underdogs at +550, while Man City are -209 to win. The draw is +320.

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Prediction

This is a really tough game to call. City have nothing to play for and Brighton are more than capable of causing an upset, but you’d think that City’s stars who are on the fringes of the starting lineup will be pushing hard for a spot in the Champions League final. Brighton 1-3 Manchester City.


How to watch, stream and start time

Kick off: Tuesday, 2pm ET
TV Channel: Peacock Premium
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Solskjaer hopes for positive vibes as fans return

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy to have Manchester United fans back (legally) at Old Trafford for the first time in 14 months, and revealed the recent protests impacted his team.

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Manchester United haven’t had any fans back in Old Trafford since the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, although some angry protestors did break in ahead of the postponed clash against Liverpool a few weeks ago.

With protests against United’s owners, the Glazer family, ongoing, there could be less of a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford against Fulham on Tuesday compared to other Premier League stadiums for the final two matchweeks of the season.

Now that UK government coronavirus restrictions have been eased, up to 10,000 fans are allowed at all stadiums for the final two matchweeks of the season, and Solskjaer is hopeful of a positive return for United’s supporters.

What did Solskjaer say?

But it isn’t all good news.

With Manchester United forced to play three games in four days last week due to the postponement of the Liverpool match due to fan protests, they go into this game off the back of consecutive home defeats to Leicester City and Liverpool as he rotated his team accordingly.

“I didn’t want to use it as an excuse because we lost two games, but surely it’s reason behind the performances,” Solskjaer said. “Physically it’s impossible to play at the intensity that’s required because of the amount of games. Then you look at the preparation in between and we haven’t had the recovery and the same routine as we normally would and we haven’t done the tactical preparation.”

Solskjaer admitted the main aim is to see positive vibes return to the stands now that fans will return for the final home game of the season against already-relegated Fulham.

“I think the mood in any club and the relationship between the team and the fans is vital to what happens on the pitch,” Solskjaer said. “The players are all human beings, we’re all human beings, and we will react to getting our supporters back in a positive way.

“They have always given us extra energy and hopefully the players will give the fans a reason to cheer and that’s what we have to focus on. It’s a big game for us in that respect. The last time we had fans in was against Man City. It was a great game and the best atmosphere I’ve ever felt at Old Trafford in a league game, so the next time we welcome the fans back in we need to make sure it’s a positive one.”

It is certainly going to be emotionally charged as United fans return for the first time in over 14 months, and security staff and officials will be concerned about the threat of more widespread protests among the 10,000 fans who are allowed to attend.

On the pitch United can secure second-place with a win, which is something Solskjaer said is a step forward but not an ‘achievement’ but most people will be watching off the pitch to see what kind of message United’s fans send out to their ownership group.

Three things we learned: West Brom – Liverpool

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Liverpool labored and labored, and then labored some more, before goalkeeper Alisson scored a 95th-minute winner to keep his side’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League alive with a 2-1 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

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Hal Robson-Kanu staked the Baggies to an early lead before Mohamed Salah pulled the Reds level just after the half-hour mark. Jurgen Klopp’s side was far from sharp at both ends of the field, but they suffered the most in attack as they faltered time after time in front of goal, only for the goalkeeper to perhaps save their season.

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The result leaves Liverpool still in 5th place, a point behind 4th-place Chelsea, with two games left to play. The kicker? Chelsea face 3rd-place Leicester City this week, which means a Liverpool win over Burnley would put them into the top-four ahead of the final day.


3 things we learned: West Brom – Liverpool

1. Easy goals conceded the story of Liverpool’s season: That, coupled with the below video, says it all, doesn’t it? Once Virgil van Dijk was lost for the season, Liverpool were suddenly without their world-class emergency defender who so often would erase “easy goals” without even allowing the attacker to get a shot off. Now, without him along the backline, it’s a casual stroll into the penalty area and a 50-50 prospect taking on Alisson.

2. Front-three still not on the same page: Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been one of, if not the, best three-man units in Premier League history, but for the entirety of the 2020-21 season the trio has been… off. Misfiring. Disconnected. Pick your adjective, and that’s been them. The effortless fluidity is no longer there, and it’s almost certainly time to consider a change (or two) in the summer, sadly.

3. Golden Boot race going to the final day: Salah is in hot pursuit of a third Premier League Golden Boot after both he and Harry Kane bagged a goal on Sunday, moving from 21 to 22 in unison. That battle looks a safe bet to continue to the final minutes of the final day of the season. Only Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have captured a trio of Golden Boots — thus far. That will change this season, though, as both Kane (2016 and 2017) and Salah (2018 and 2019) are already two-time winners of the award.


West Brom started quickest and were rewarded for their endeavors in the 15th minute. Matheus Pereira, who’s been West Brom’s best player by lightyears this season and will almost certainly find a summer transfer within the Premier League, collected the ball and played a simple ball into space for Robson-Kanu run onto and place a bouncing strike inside the far post and past the outstretched Alisson.

Salah erased Liverpool’s deficit in the 33rd minute, pulling level once again with Kane. Mane cushioned the ball into Salah’s path atop the penalty area and the Egyptian struck it ever so sweetly to curl it inside the far post.

Liverpool had well and truly found their footing by this point, and barely a minute later Firmino struck the post from the top of the box.

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Mane put the ball in the back of the net in the 49th minute after he got on the end of Salah’s sensational diagonal ball over the top, but the Senegalese winger was a tad slow walking back onside and the flag rightly went up.

Salah nearly broke the deadlock and went above Kane as he raced away from the pack in the 57th minute, sprung in behind by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s through ball, but his shot went straight to the chest of Johnstone, who did fantastically well to catch and hold the ball.

West Brom were denied a goal as well, in the 71st minute, and this one wasn’t so clear. Kyle Bartley poked the ball past Alisson after Semi Ajayi headed it down from a corner kick, but Matt Phillips was deemed to have obstructed the goalkeeper’s view from an offside position as Bartley made his perfectly timed sprint forward.

The winning goal was, in a word, extraordinary. Alisson becomes the first goalkeeper in Liverpool’s history, dating back to 1892, to score a goal in a competitive fixture.

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FA Cup final live, Chelsea v. Leicester! How to watch, odds, prediction

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LONDON — The FA Cup final is here as Chelsea and Leicester will square off in the final of the famous competition.

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Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 and Leicester City beat Southampton 1-0 at Wembley in the semifinals and ProSoccerTalk was on-site at the home of English soccer to bring you coverage of both games.

Thomas Tuchel and Brendan Rodgers will now lock horns on May 15, as over 21,000 fans will attend the final as part pf a UK government test event.

Leicester and Chelsea also square off in the Premier League a few days after the final as both clubs push for a top four finish (Leicester sit third on 66 points with Chelsea fourth on 64 points) late in the season.

With Chelsea also reaching the UEFA Champions League final, against Manchester City in Porto, the next few weeks could be huge for Tuchel as he aims to win two trophies and finish in the top four in his first few months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

As for Leicester, they have never won the FA Cup and Rodgers’ side are so dangerous to play against with Kelechi Iheanacho in fine form in recent months, plus the duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans so solid in central midfield.

USMNT star Christian Pulisic scored in the FA Cup final last season (and then severely injured his hamstring) as Chelsea lost to Arsenal, with the American winger keen to lift his first piece of silverware in England this weekend.

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This should be one heck of a game as the Blues and Foxes collide.


How to watch, stream FA Cup final

When: Saturday, May 15 at 12:15pm ET
TV Channel/Stream: ESPN and ESPN+
Live updates, stats: Online via NBCSports.com


Team news

Chelsea have a few players struggling with knocks as Mateo Kovacic remains out, while Andreas Christensen is also out but N’Golo Kante returns to the team.

Leicester City have star center back Jonny Evans fit to start, while Harvey Barnes and James Justin are out for the season.


FA Cup final schedule

Saturday, May 15, 12:15pm ET: Chelsea v. Leicester City


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(-110) Chelsea v. Leicester City (+300). Draw: +260


FA Cup final score prediction

All signs point towards a fairly comfortable win for Chelsea, but they struggled against Arsenal in midweek as they lost and Tuchel bemoaned rotating his squad. Leicester won at a much-changed Man United so they go into this game full of confidence. I’m going for a Chelsea win, though. It will be close but Mason Mount will be the difference. Chelsea 2-1 Leicester.


Live analysis on Leicester – Southampton, semifinal

FULL TIME! Deserved win for Leicester, as they beat Southampton 1-0. Kelechi Iheanacho’s second half goal was enough to set up a final against Chelsea. That should be a beauty of a game!

Thanks for joining me at Wembley, and here are three things we learned.

James Maddison twice goes close for Leicester, as they look to kick on. The fans are then thanked for turning up for this test event and there is a lovely round of applause as the announcer looks forward to more supporters coming back soon. Lovely moment here at Wembley!

Theo Walcott on as a sub for Southampton. Chants of “Theo, Theo” from the fans here at Wembley as he comes on. Seems like a lot of Arsenal fans are among the locals here for this test event!

CLOSE! Ibrahima Diallo twice goes close, and Che Adams and Danny Ings have chances. Saints pushing hard for an equalizer. This is a really good game now and the fans are getting into it!

GOALLLL! Kelechi Iheanacho puts Leicester City 1-0 up, and there is a stroke of luck about it. Jamie Vardy does superbly to race down the left and crosses for Iheanacho. His first shot was blocked, but the clearance went straight to him and he tucks it away and wheels away in celebration. Iheanacho has scored 10 in his last seven games in all competitions. What a run!

Southampton have had the better of it so far in the second half. They are starting to see more of the ball. Ralph Hasenhuttl will be happy with what he has seen. The subs coming on will be huge in this game. James Maddison to come on soon for Leicester? Che Adams and Theo Walcott on soon for Southampton?

HALF TIME! A few Leicester corners cause Southampton problems, as they just managed to clear but left Wilfred Ndidi open. Leicester had the better chances in the first half, but Saints are hanging in there. Intriguing second half coming up.

CLOSE! Diallo gave the ball away and Vardy raced through after a great ball from Tielemans, but Vardy clipped his shot just over the bar from a tight angle. Unlike him. First big chance of the game.

Leicester spring a counter as Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez link up and the latter crossed for Kelechi Iheanacho but overhit it. Poor from Perez.

That game has calmed down here. Few chants going up from the fans, and Southampton had a chance over the top but Schmeichel rushed out to deny Ings.

BOOKING! Ibrahima Diallo picks up an early yellow card as he caught Jamie Vardy, that was a nasty one. Lots of robust tackles flying in. Tasty start!

KICK OFF! 2,000 fans for each team at each end. ‘Foxes Never Quit’ reads a Leicester banner. ‘We March On’ reads the Southampton banner. Which side will prevail to reach the final?

Boy, did that applause from the supporters here for Leicester and Southampton sound good. 4,000 locals and key workers in attendance at Wembley for this UK government test event. Biggest crowd for a football game in England for over 12 months

Sun is shining, fans are walking up towards Wembley and the atmosphere is building. Remember, 4,000 fans will be here today. They are key workers and local residents of Wembley, as the UK government is testing how fans can return safely.

Team news is here, as Maddison is left out for Leicester after his off-field issues last week. Soyuncu and Perez start. Djenepo replaces Walcott for Southampton.

Hello from Wembley!

ANALYSIS ON CHELSEA – MANCHESTER CITY

FULL TIME! Aside from a late chance Sterling smashed over the bar, City created nothing and their quadruple hopes are over. Chelsea reach the FA Cup final for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and they were sharper and hungrier throughout.

NO GOAL! Pulisic scores a beauty in stoppage time, but the offside flag goes up, correctly. What a goal that was, and Pulisic can’t believe he was just offside.

SUB: Pulisic comes off the bench to replace Mount, as the two Pennsylvanian natives who grew up 50 miles apart collide with Steffen in goal for City. USMNT, assemble!

WHAT A SAVE! Zack Steffen denies Ziyech, who is clean through, brilliantly. The USMNT goalkeeper stands tall to stop Chelsea, and Ziyech, grabbing a second goal in quick succession. Big, big stop.

GOALLLL! Timo Werner sets up Ziyech to make it 1-0. Chelsea get the goal they deserve, as Cancelo was caught out by Timo Werner, and Zack Steffen caught in nomansland as Werner squares to Ziyech.

INJURY! Oh no, Kevin de Bruyne comes off with an injury. Phil Foden replaces him. Big blow for Man City, as De Bruyne seems to have jarred his ankle. KDB looks furious as he hobbles off here at Wembley, but the injury doesn’t look too serious. City have some huge games coming up, so surely that is just a precaution. City will hope so…

HALF TIME! A half Chelsea had the better of, as Ziyech had a goal disallowed and James and Chilwell both went close. City started to wake up before the break, but Pep will not be happy with that.

Not many chances as half time nears. James flashed a shot just wide, then was booked for a foul on Fernandinho. The City midfielder should have been booked for a foul on Mount before that.

Chelsea looking so calm on the ball and playing in-behind Cancelo and Mendy easily out wide. Manchester City sluggish, but Chelsea have had an extra day of rest compared to City. That is showing, so far. This FA Cup semifinal is just starting to bubble into life, and Pep Guardiola has taken his big jacket off on the sidelines. It is warming up.

WIDE! Ben Chilwell bobbles a shot wide after a great ball from Reece James to the back post. Ziyech influential in that too. Chelsea look really dangerous on the counter. City haven’t got going, yet.

CHANCE! After a nice run over the top, Gabriel Jesus curls towards goal but Kepa saves easily.

NO GOAL! Ziyech finishes but Werner was flagged for offside, and the decision stands. No goal, but a good move down the left from Chelsea.

Kick off! 

Team news: The big team news is Kepa starting in goal for Chelsea, who also start Ziyech and Werner in attack. Man City start USMNT goalkeeper Steffen in goal, while Dias and Laporte start at center back with Stones on the bench. Sergio Aguero isn’t in the squad.

Atmosphere is building among the very small number of people inside the stadium. Both teams out warming up. Helicopters buzzing overhead. What a game this should be.

Man City going for the quadruple and Chelsea in fine form under Thomas Tuchel. Something has to give!

 

Hello from Wembley! A stunning day here in London, and some really intriguing team news.

Three things we learned from Burnley – Leeds

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Burnley – Leeds was an emphatic win for the away side, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side continue to enjoy the final weeks of the season.

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Leeds took the lead through Mateusz Klich in the first half, then Jack Harrison doubled their lead in the second half and two fine goals late on from substitute Rodrigo rubbed salt into Burnley’s wounds.

With the win Leeds have 53 points, while Burnley remain on 39 points.

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Three things we learned

1. Bielsa’s boys on fire: Leeds have lost just one of their last nine games and are finishing the season extremely well. Bielsa’s boys look determined to put down a marker for next season and after a slow start then a bit of a midseason wobble, Leeds are deservedly in the top 10 and they now look like scoring every time they go forward, and they are putting away a better chunk of the chances they are creating. Defensively they have improved too, and all signs point to this squad learning from their first season in the Premier League together.

2. Burnley miss Pope: Nick Pope is huge for Burnley and they missed their star goalkeeper massively on Saturday. The England international has been struggling with shoulder and knee injuries, so was given a rest with Burnley’s Premier League status secured for another season. Whenever Pope has been missing this season, Burnley just haven’t looked as solid. Bailey Peacock-Farrell is a young goalkeeper and has done okay, but the Clarets defense isn’t the same without Pope.

3. European push next season for Leeds: Their strong finish to the season points towards one thing: a European push for next season. If they win their final two games of the season at Southampton and at home against West Brom (very doable) they could sneak into the Europa League spots this season. But adding another center back, a new left back and a few decent back-up players has to be key for Bielsa this summer. If he stays (as expected) and adds those players to his squad, a sustained push for a top six finish beckons.

Man of the Match: Jack Harrison – Scored one, set up two and delivered so many great crosses. What a season the former New York City FC star is having, as parent club Manchester City will surely want him back next season. If not, he’ll be a star at Leeds. 


Burnley started well but Leeds had a good chance as Patrick Bamford turned in the box and his low shot was saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds improved after a slow start as they had plenty of set-piece situations but couldn’t make the most of it.

Raphinha was denied by a fine Charlie Taylor block, while Pascal Struijk headed inches wide moments later.

Right on half time, Mateusz Klich surged forward during a rapid Leeds counter attack and the Polish midfielder curled home superbly from outside the box.

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Burnley had chances at the start of the second half as Jack Cork almost flicked home, Chris Wood caused problems and Matej Vydra was brilliantly denied by Illan Meslier.

Leeds then hit Burnley on the counter, again, as Harrison’s cross was cleared for a corner, and from that corner Harrison made it 2-0.

Alioski’s shot from the edge of the box was going wide but Harrison reacted superbly to flick the ball home.

Leeds kicked on late in the game as Rodrigo finished brilliantly from Harrison’s ball to make it 3-0 and the Spanish striker then made it 4-0 with his second to cap off a sumptuous move which involved Phillips and Harrison.

Despite a late flurry of chances for Burnley, and Leeds, the visitors settled for four goals as they showed extra class and quality in attack throughout.