Manchester City VS Brighton Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 23/10/2021
Brighton’s fine start to the season has been slowed down by three straight draws and they will hope to make it better when they face Manchester City at home in the ninth round of league matches. Brighton go to this game placed fourth with 15 points, two behind City who are third. Brighton are coming from a 0-0 draw with Norwich, and earlier had played to the same result against Arsenal. They have one loss in eight matches in the league this season but here they are going to face their toughest challenge yet. In their last meeting with City, Brighton won 3-2, but going into this game, they’ve scored more than a goal in just one of the last six in the league.
In the last two matches they’ve faced some of the poorest defences but failed to score, and it can only get tougher against City. Manchester City are coming from a 5-1 thrashing of Club Brugge in Belgium, and with three points here, they could finish the week top of the standings. In their last three matches, they’ve scored two or more goals in each and failed to score completely in one of the last five. They lost their first game of the season to Tottenham Hotspur but after that they’re unbeaten in the league in seven matches. City have six clean sheets in those seven matches. In their last five matches, they’ve scored six goals and five of these have come in the second half. Manchester City may have lost in their last meeting with Brighton but had earlier won eight straight games against their hosts here.
Manchester City will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches when they travel to the AMEX Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening. City, who recorded an emphatic 5-1 win over Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, are unbeaten in the league since their 1-0 opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur back in August. Although the Blues faced criticism following the closure of the summer transfer window for their failure to bring in a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero, they have been coping just fine without one, with their recent performances against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool proving exactly that.
While it may be too early to determine whether Brighton’s fast start to the season is slowly petering out, the Seagulls’ dominance has turned to draws in recent weeks, the latest of which came against bottom-of-the-table Norwich City.
Despite bossing the ball with 65% possession and firing seven shots on target, there was no way through for Graham Potter’s men at Carrow Road, with that result representing their third one-pointer in a row following previous stalemates with Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
However, with 11 points from the last 15 on offer under their belts during a five-game unbeaten league run, the high-flying Seagulls remain in the top four of the rankings, although they are now only above Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
Brighton may have only chalked up eight goals at the correct end of the pitch so far – the fewest out of any side in the top half – but only Chelsea and City have shipped fewer than their five at the other end, as Potter’s well-coached side finally produce the results that their performances have so often warranted.
The Seagulls have also suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League battles on home soil, but with a league-high 22 yellow cards already this term, indiscipline could prove fatal against the rampant champions.
Continuing their surge up the rankings following the international break, Man City barely needed to get out of second gear to sink Burnley at the Etihad last time out, with Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne both making the net ripple on home soil in gameweek eight.
Pep Guardiola’s side were expected to face a much sterner test against Club Brugge in the Champions League, but the Belgian champions’ resilience was broken in a storming 5-1 win for the English champions, although that result was overshadowed by reports of a Man City supporter being hospitalised after an attack following the game.
On the pitch, Man City have certainly consigned their opening-day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur to history – taking 17 points from the last 21 on offer in the division – and they now occupy third spot in the rankings behind Liverpool and leaders Chelsea.
With only three goals conceded – all of which have come on the road – City’s defensive record is unsurprisingly the joint-best alongside Chelsea, although the travelling party will need no reminding of what happened during their most recent trip to the Amex.
Indeed, Brighton marched to a remarkable 3-2 win on the South Coast after recovering from going two goals behind back in May, although City have won the other seven Premier League meetings between the two teams and have never failed to score more than twice at the Amex in that time.