Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester City

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on May 06, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City visit Brighton for the last round of the English championship, knowing a victory will secure them a second successive Premier League title.

Vincent Kompany scored a long-range screamer against Leicester on Monday night to put Manchester City in pole position in the Premier League title race.

The Citizens now travel to Brighton with one hand on the trophy. They know a win in the final Matchday will see them become the first team in a decade to win back-to-back Premier League titles.

Brighton enters into the last round having secured their stay in top-flight English football for at least another year. They drew 1-1 at Arsenal in the previous weekend, virtually ending the Gunners’ hopes for a top-four finish.

Team news

Jose Izquierdo is out for Brighton with a knee problem, while Davy Propper could make the squad, although he’s carrying a thigh issue.

Anthony Knockaert is expected to return to the starting line-up, after starting the game at the Emirates on the bench.

Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne has returned to training and is available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Fellow midfielder Fernandinho is out though, alongside left-back Benjamin Mendy and Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

What did the managers say

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is satisfied by the defensive performances of his side during the previous month.

“We did very well at Tottenham and then at Arsenal last weekend – they’re the type of qualities which we will have to show again on Sunday afternoon,” he said via Brighton’s official website.

Sarri will respect Hazard’s decision on his Chelsea future

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri plans to respect whatever decision Eden Hazard makes on his future.

“They will have more possession and will be relentless, I’m not embarrassed by the fact that we’ll have to defend well and for long periods – those performances which turned it in our favor are ones I’m hoping we can benefit from on Sunday.”

Pep Guardiola says he is not nervous at all before the most important game of the campaign for his Manchester City side.

“No nerves at all. I was nervous before the Liverpool game at the Etihad when we were seven points behind with five months still to play,” he said via the Manchester City official website.

“I said: ‘Oh, if we lose today it will be so difficult in the last months.’ But now, no way. I’ll sleep like a little boy. It’s a dream, a privilege, I love it.

“The whole of Europe will be watching us, because all the other leagues are done and there are no top four or relegation issues in the Premier League.”

Stats

Brighton haven’t tasted victory in the last nine games across all competitions, suffering six defeats, including a 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Man City have beaten every single different opposition they’ve faced in the league for the second consecutive season, becoming the first team to achieve this in Premier League’s history.

Brighton have lost their last three final games of a top-flight season, losing 0-4 at Liverpool last term.

The Citizens haven’t lost on the final day of a Premier League season since 2012-13, when Chris Hughton’s Norwich won 3-2 at the Etihad.

1 COMMENT

  1. I am with Brighton ; as I am a liverpool fan. I just wish not a win for Brighton ,Equalizer is fair enough!
    What I suggest for Brighton is that they may take a look at Crystalpalace 3-1 to City game on the first round ,and Chelsea 2-0 to City on the first Round match. Both Crystalpalace and Chelsea played same kind of game and won over Man.City ;I suggest Brighton may watch That game and play with counter attack playing squad .
    The other important thing to Notice is ,the Game between Tottenham-Mancity ;the 0:1 win by City Happened as the Tottenham were playing with foolish playing formation and squad . If Tottenhams were playing counter attack rather than only putting Son on infront set for goal trial alone ;like Crystal Palace ,then they would have scored more goals .Actually the missed more than 6 goals on that game as Son was alone ,and other players were most at the Back. Mind you! man.City Middle position is ever the best!

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