It’s quite straightforward for Manchester City this weekend. If they win against Brighton, they will win the title.
Manager Pep Guardiola will want to see his team play with a bit more freedom than they did against Leicester when a piledriver from captain Vincent Kompany was enough to clinch victory.
The Citizens will be facing a Brighton side who have relaxed after sealing Premier League safety. This could work either way for City. The Seagulls worked hard to get a draw against Arsenal, but will they be as resilient on the final day with nothing to play for?
In terms of team news, City will likely be without Kevin De Bruyne due to a hamstring injury while Fernandinho is struggling to overcome a knee problem he picked up against Manchester United. Claudio Bravo (Achilles) will also not feature this weekend.
Manchester City’s Predicted XI To Face Brighton:
Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, David Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane
Brighton will be without Jose Izquierdo with the Colombian likely to require surgery to fix a long-standing knee issue. Davy Propper missed the 1-1 draw against the Gunners with a hamstring injury but could make his return on Sunday.
Brighton’s Predicted XI:
Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Bissouma, Stephens, Gross, Knockaert, Murray, March
The bookmakers have City as heavy favourites with Coral pricing them at 1/6 odds-on to get the three points. A draw is currently 8/1 at Bet365 while a Brighton victory is 18/1 with Betfair.
Predicted Score – 2-0 to City