An impressive start from both these sides has given cause for optimism although the Seagulls will know it is unlikely they will face a tougher away day than the long trip to the blue half of Manchester.
As you can see from above, there is little value to be had from popular sportsbooks in backing City to win outright at such short odds. However, backing City to win and keep a clean sheet adds a little more value to your betslip, especially if you include it in an accumulator. Three of the last five meetings between the two would see this bet pay out whilst the Seagulls also have a tricky EFL Cup away trip to Bristol Rovers to contend with mid-week making this a worthwhile bet.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN TO NIL
City may be famous under Pep Guardiola for their unforgiving nature, however, you may be surprised to learn that the Citizens have score under 3.5 goals in seventeen of their last twenty matches. Brighton have also only conceded on average one goal per game this season and are unbeaten on the road. That makes backing Manchester City to scores UNDER 3.5 goals in the game a smart way to go.
MANCHESTER CITY TO SCORE UNDER 3.5 GOALS
If you are looking for something of a well-paying outside bet, then backing under 0.5 goals in the second could be a good way to go. Brighton’s last trip to the Etihad (last seasons FA Cup) a single Aguero goal settled the matter in the fourth minute leaving the second half goalless and also only two of the last six goals scored between the two at the Etihad have come in the second half. It is something of a long shot, but worth considering.
UNDER 0.5 GOALS IN THE SECOND HALF
Head to Head
The pair have met four times in the Premier League prior to this encounter and City have won them all. The familiar faces of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were on the scoresheet the last time Brighton visited the Etihad in a routine 2-0 win for the home side whilst the reverse fixture saw City run out 4-1 victors on the South coast. Overall, Manchester City have won 13 times against Brighton with the Seagulls claiming 5 victories and a total of 4 draws.
Manchester City to win the match 3-0
The gulf between the two is clear and online betting sites have highlighted with just a simple glance at the odds. The Seagulls have also only netted in two of the pairs last five meetings in all competitions whilst City have netted ten goals in their three league games so far averaging 3.33 goals per game. Brighton already look stronger this season under Graham Potter, but few sides will come away from the Etihad with anything to show for their efforts and the Seagulls will likely be happy to get this one out of the way early and keep the score below the four mark.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
All Predictions by Darren Williamson