Manchester City vs Brighton LIVE: Pep Guardiola’s side look to climb back into the Premier League’s top four as they host relegation-threatened Seagulls in midweek action
- Man City host Brighton as they look to climb back into Premier League top four
- City are on a 13-match unbeaten run while Brighton haven’t won since Nov 21
- The match will be televised on BT Sport 1 HD and kicks off at 18:00 GMT
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Manchester City will look to climb back into the Premier League top four as they host relegation-threatened Brighton on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s side have two matches in hand over some of their rivals in the title race and will look to increase their 13-match unbeaten run in all competitions with victory at the Etihad Stadium.
The Seagulls find themselves looking over their shoulder in the relegation battle and Graham Potter’s side will have their work cut out for them against an in-form City. They haven’t won in the league since November 21 against Aston Villa.
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The opening moments play out how expected, with Manchester City holding onto the ball but Brighton are putting pressure on high up the pitch.
Ilkay Gundogan links up with Phil Foden but his heavy touch goes out for a Brighton goal kick.
And we are underway at the Etihad.
Brighton really could have their work cut out for them tonight, having rested some of their top players following their FA Cup win a few nights ago.
The scene is set at the Etihad. Stay tuned for updates.
Pep Guardiola’s host are favourites for tonight’s clash and are also the front runners to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.
Odds via bettingexpert.com
Manchester City to win 1/6
Brighton to win 12/1
Graham Potter’s side are draw specialists this season with eight stalemates from their 17 matches in the league. While this can be a positive and proves they are tough to overcome, they have won just TWICE all season.
Striker Neal Maupay remains their biggest threat in attack and has six goals this campaign. He is on the bench tonight as Potter rotates.
Without star striker Sergio Aguero, City have been sharing the goals evenly between the rest of their attackers and midfielders- who are all jumping in on the action.
One of the most notable strengths in City’s attack has been Phil Foden. The England international netted a beautiful strike in their 3-0 victory over Birmingham in the FA Cup and will be a huge problem for Brighton tonight.
Manchester City have found their groove in recent weeks, with six wins on the bounce in all competitions.
Much of their recent success has been down to their defensive efforts and the resurgence of John Stones in the back line.
The defender was an outcast at the Etihad not too long ago but has now made himself a key part of the City side once again and has also put himself back into question for the England squad.
City have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches and conceded just twice from six. Stones featured in their last four games and he starts tonight.
Manchester City 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
Brighton XI: Sanchez, White, Webster, Dunk (C), Mac All-star, Trossard, Tau, Propper, Bernardo, Burn, Veltman
Subs: Walton, Maupay, Gross, March, Zeqiri, Sanders, Jenks, Weir, Khadra
And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Manchester City vs Brighton in the Premier League. Stay tuned for team news, build up and live commentary as Pep Guardiola’s side look to climb back into the top four.
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