Man City VS Brighton – LIVE Reddit Soccer 20/04/2022
The 2021/22 season continues in all its glory, with the table starting to take its ultimate shape going into the campaign’s final month. As far as the Premier League is concerned, reigning champions Manchester City will be in action on Wednesday night when they play hosts to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City’s 2021/22 campaign thus far can be considered underwhelming, considering they failed to defend their Carabao Cup crown and crashed out of the FA Cup following the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool this past weekend. The Citizens are still alive in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, holding a one-point lead over Liverpool in the top flight. So hope remains for the season to end successfully.
On the other hand, Brighton & Hove Albion might have started picking up momentum at the right time. April has been kind on the Seagulls as they ended a six-game losing run earlier this month, albeit with an underwhelming stalemate against Norwich City. But Graham Potter’s men have picked up form in the last two games, beating Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on their travels to return to the top half. Pep Guardiola does not have any new roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion. On Wednesday, the Manchester City manager will be bereft of the services of just two first-team players.
Kyle Walker is closing in on returning to the pitch after reaching the final stages of his recovery from an ankle injury. Cole Palmer is the only other absentee for Manchester City, with the young midfielder recovering from a foot issue. Another piece of good news is Gabriel Jesus being fit and available after sustaining a knock in the defeat to Liverpool.
But Jesus will unlikely keep his place in the starting eleven, with Riyad Mahrez in line to return to the side. Mahrez will take up the right-wing berth, with Jack Grealish expected to move to the left flank after reprising a central role against Liverpool. Raheem Sterling could move to the central striker’s berth, with Phil Foden an alternate option.
Kevin De Bruyne should have regained fitness to start in the middle of the park, where he will line up alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri. The latter will reprise the anchor role, with Gundogan and De Bruyne getting the license to foray up the pitch
Still fighting for success on two fronts this season, Manchester City play host to Brighton & Hove Albion in Wednesday’s Premier League battle at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side missed out on a place in the FA Cup final with a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Wembley last time out, while the Seagulls ran out 1-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur.
A raft of changes on the Man City side for their FA Cup semi-final was somewhat inevitable given their fiery Champions League encounter with Atletico Madrid and fresh injuries to key players, but one controversial call from Pep Guardiola backfired more than the rest at Wembley Stadium.
Zack Steffen was given the nod in goal over Ederson, whose nifty footwork came to the fore in the league meeting with the Reds, but the American shot-stopper was not so skilled in a similar scenario, allowing Sadio Mane to nip in and score the second of Liverpool’s three goals in the first half.
Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva’s responses were ultimately in vain for Man City, who could still complete a remarkable Premier League and Champions League double in the weeks that remain, and the former title is firmly in their own hands heading into the final stretch.
At the time of writing, the reigning champions still hold a one-point lead over Liverpool at the summit, but Jurgen Klopp’s side could temporarily usurp Man City with victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night before the Citizens seek to restore order 24 hours later.
Defeat to the Reds at Wembley means that City have now gone three games without a win in all competitions, but they are the division’s top goalscorers at home with 42 strikes this term and will prove to be a true test of Brighton’s new-found mettle.
Clearly not satisfied with just the one win in North London, Brighton – who travelled to the capital on the back of a deserved win over Arsenal – weathered the Tottenham storm on Saturday lunchtime before their efforts to push for a winner in the dying embers of the clash were rewarded.
With 90 minutes on the clock, Leandro Trossard made lightning strike twice in North London with a sublime fake shot and outside-of-the-boot finish past Hugo Lloris to hand Brighton the unlikeliest of back-to-back victories, and Graham Potter’s side are certainly intent on ending the season on a high note.
Suffering six defeats from seven before meeting Arsenal and Spurs did not deplete the morale in Potter’s ranks, and his side are firmly in contention for a top-half finish as they sit smack-bang in the middle of the table in 10th place – level on points with ninth-placed Leicester City having played two games more.
Brighton had only managed one goal in 630 minutes of Premier League football before their trip to the Emirates, but they travel to the Etihad Stadium having suffered a mere three league defeats on the road all-season long – only Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool have fared better in that regard.
However, not since the days of Chris Hughton in 2018 have Brighton managed to win three on the bounce in the Premier League, and Man City have come up trumps in eight of their nine meetings with the Seagulls in the competition, including a 4-1 success at the Amex back in October.