Brighton vs Manchester City
12 August, 17:30 (CET)
Brighton are one of three clubs who won promotion to the Premier League from the Championship last season. Having won promotion from League One to the Championship in 2010/11, Brighton finished 4th, 6th and 3rd before finally clinching automatic promotion in second place.
Chris Hughton could not have asked for a better fixture to start Brighton’s campaign then Manchester City at home. One of the most glamourous clubs in the Premier League, the home fans will be relishing this match, especially with the live television cameras present on Saturday evening.
As far as Manchester City are concerned, this is nothing more than a potential banana skin and a match they will be expected to win.
1. Bookies Favourites - 1X2 Odds
There can be little surprise to see Manchester City installed as the favourites to win this match at 1.33.
Pep Guardiola comes into this season under pressure, having failed to deliver a trophy for Manchester City last season. The club have backed him in the transfer market, bringing in Bernardo Silva and Ederson for a combined total of £76 million. The Spaniard will be hoping this pair, especially Ederson, can make a positive difference.
Brighton have brought in a couple of new faces but with nothing close to what Manchester City have to spend, will struggle to match them in this game. Brighton are 11.00 to win this game with Bet365, despite being the home team and this underlines the difference between the Championship and the Premier League.
The draw is also on offer at 5.00.
2. Brighton vs Manchester City Prediction
Brighton enjoyed a tremendous campaign at the American Express Community Stadium last season and will be hoping for more on the same in the Premier League.
Between the 24th September and the end of the season, Brighton lost just two matches at home. One of those was against the Championship winners Newcastle United and the other at the end of the season, with promotion already secure. Brighton failed to score in just two home Championship games all season and will be looking to test what has been a shaky Manchester City defence in the past.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 3.10 with William Hill.
Given Manchester City’s struggles away from home last season, especially towards the end of the campaign when they managed two wins from their last five games, this could be a much closer match than the initial odds suggest. Manchester City to win the match by 1 goal is on offer at 3.75 with Bet365.
However, if Brighton are not at their best and Manchester City are, it could be a long evening for the Seagulls. Manchester City’s last six away wins of the season saw them score 19 goals and if they click in attack they could score a few goals in this match. Manchester City to win the game 3-0 is 9.00 with Bet365.
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