Manchester City’s quest to regain their crown is back on track, with three straight Premier League (PL) wins before this clash, which form part of an unbeaten seven-game league run (W5, D2). They waste no time in the course of victory these days, with all five wins seeing City’s first goal arrive inside the opening 20 minutes of play.
With three of the five City wins in their current unbeaten league run seeing them score exactly twice inside the opening half-hour, Pep Guardiola’s men are both dangerous and consistent. Going further back, each of City’s last 11 PL home wins have seen them win the first half ‘to nil’, and do so by an average margin of 1.91 across those victories.
Since the start of January 2020, Brighton’s record from league matches played against any top-six finishing (T6) team from 2016/17 onwards reads: W1, D3, L8. A significant 83.33% of the points gained therein came via Brighton goals between the 75th minute and FT.
Brighton needed a 70th-minute goal to complete a comeback from 3-1 down (to draw 3-3) in their last league game. Regardless, they are currently winless in eight PL matches (D5, L3) and sit just above the relegation zone. Curiously, six of the matches in that sequence saw at least one goal beyond the hour mark.
Our tipsters have Manchester City for the win and you can stake on Betpay with odds of 1.19.
Manchester City 3-0 Brighton