Brighton v Man City Betting Tips

Publish: 10.08.2017

It’s been a long time coming but finally Brighton get to start their first season in the Premier League.

The Seagulls deservedly won promotion automatically last season after some near misses and there will be a full house at the Amex Stadium for the visit of Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Chris Hughton has been working very hard to prepare his team for the coming season but even a manager as talented as him may be surprised by the quality of Pep Guardiola’s City side.

Can Brighton pick up a massive result in front of their home fans or will Man City send out a message to the rest of the Premier League that they are the team to stop in the title race?

Top Betting Tips

Man City to win and over 2.5 goals at evens with Coral

First goal to be scored before 25 minutes at 4/5 with Paddy Power

Man City to win both halves at 37/19 with Unibet

Gabriel Jesus to score first at 7/2 with Betfair

Betting Analysis

The size of the task facing Brighton on Saturday is made clear by the bookies’ odds. Despite being the home side, the Seagulls can be backed at a top price of 21/2 with BetVictor while Man City are as short as 3/10 with some books.

Usually, that sort of price about a Premier League team playing at home would be worth taking even just for small stakes. But it may not be a wise decision for this game.

Gabriel Jesus to score first at 7/2 with Betfair

Gabriel Jesus to score first at 7/2 with Betfair

While there is undoubtedly a huge amount of pressure on the shoulders of Pep Guardiola having failed to win a trophy in his first season in English football, he has got one of the strongest squads in the country and has spent massive amounts of money to strengthen it this summer.

There is always a fair amount of uncertainty at the start of the season but Man City’s clinical display in the recent friendly against West Ham shows that they mean business and are ready to go.

Brighton will give their all but there’s a danger of Man City running riot so a bet on the away team to win and over 2.5 goals could prove wise at evens with Coral.

As well as being able to score multiple goals, Man City should be able to get off to a fast start to put Brighton on the back foot. So, have a bet on the first goal being scored before 25 minutes at 4/5 with Paddy Power.

Another way of profiting from a strong Man City performance is backing them to win both halves at 37/19 with Unibet.

One of the biggest challenges for Pep Guardiola this season is getting his new signings to hit the ground running. Happily, for the Spaniard, he doesn’t have that concern with Gabriel Jesus.

 

The Brazilian has already had half a season in the Premier League and is ready to score the goals that take Man City to the top. He is sure to start and could claim the first goal of the game at 7/2 with Betfair.

Key Battles

Brighton cannot survive this season if they simply look to contain the opposition but that may be the best plan of action against this Man City side.

Chris Hughton will have worked long and hard with his players on the training ground to ensure they keep their shape and don’t allow City any space to exploit.

Of course, things rarely go to plan in the hurly burly of the Premier League. Man City are sure to have the majority of possession and their creative midfielders have the mix of quality and patience to pick the right pass at just the right time.

If Brighton are to get any success going forward they may have to rely on the physicality of Glenn Murray. He will work tirelessly against the Man City defence and will be a danger if his teammates can put high-quality deliveries into the box.

Match Stats

  • Brighton and Man City haven’t played a league game against each other since their Division Two encounter in 1989
  • While this is Brighton’s first season in the Premier League, Man City have won the division twice in the last six years
  • Brighton won their place in the top flight thanks to a second place finish in last season’s Championship
  • Man City finished last season in third, 15 points shy of Chelsea

Predicted Line-Up

Brighton – Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Rosenior; Murphy, Stephens, Kayal, Brown, Gross; Hemed

Man City – Ederson; Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Walker, Mendy; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero, Jesus