Bouncing back empathically after dropping two points against Tottenham a fortnight ago, Manchester City will be boosted by their 3-1 win away at Bournemouth last weekend and will now turn their attentions to a traveling Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
Extending their unbeaten start to the new campaign and once again seen to be a rightful favourite to reclaim their domestic crown, Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring start has really laid down an early marker across the Premier League.
With Saturday’s hosts reclaiming their title with a 4-1 victory at the Amex on the final weekend of the 2018/2019 season, the Sky Blues have won each of their previous five matches against Brighton, averaging almost three strikes in each of those victories.
Also managing to record back-to-back clean sheets on Brighton’s previous trips to the Etihad, you will be interested to know that a similar result can be found a 4/7 with Bet365 on Saturday afternoon.
Raheem Sterling’s stellar run continues
Although Head Coach Pep Guardiola was the first to admit that his side were far from at their best at the Vitality last weekend, City’s 3-1 victory on the South Coast has once again put the pressure back on Liverpool.
While Jurgen Klopp’s European champions may hold a two-point buffer over the defending champions, it is no surprise that that Saturday’s hosts are an overwhelming favourite to lift their third consecutive Premier League title.
The former Barcelona boss finds his side pencilled in as low as 4/9 with Ladbrokes to once again top the charts come May.
Despite Sergio Aguero bagging a brace against Bournemouth last time out and appearing to have forgotten about his public outburst with Guardiola against Spurs a fortnight ago, fans at the Etihad will be most impressed by Raheem Sterling’s stellar start.
Also finding the net at the Vitality last weekend, the England international and reigning PFA Young Player of the Year already has five Premier League strikes to his name and can be found at 2/3 with SkyBet to extend his run on Saturday.
Brighton showing signs of a struggle?
Although a 3-0 win away at Watford on the opening weekend may have sent shockwaves across England, Brighton have been unable to build off of that result with any real momentum.
With Head Coach Graham Potter admitting he “can’t defend” Florin Andone’s red card at the Amex last week, the Seagulls slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Southampton and also needed a 92-minute strike to come past Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Although Brighton may have not been able to build off of a very eye-catching pre-season run, Potter remains largely unfazed and has simply called upon his side to bounce back when they make the trip to the Etihad on Saturday.
“We’re at the start of this process together. It’s about how we react to these moments and situations.”
With Andone now served with a three-match suspension, it appears that the former Swansea boss will once again bring the ever experienced Glenn Murray back into his starting XI.
Elsewhere, the Seagulls will once again be unable to call upon Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelott who are all still long term absentees.