If the truth be told, there is a massive gap between the top 5 or 6 teams in the English Premier League, with money being the great divider. There is no way that the smaller clubs in the league can hope to compete with the financial might of the likes of the Manchester Clubs, Liverpool, and the rest of the top teams. While that was somewhat disproven a few years back when Leicester City won the Premier League, it is an event that we are not likely to see repeated for quite some time. Still, that does not mean that those smaller clubs cannot spring an upset every now and again, and you need only look back at the schedule this season to see that there are surprise results everywhere that you look. You tend to see these types of results towards the end of the season when the teams at the top have nothing left to play for and some of the bottom feeders are fighting for survival. There is a little bit of that going on here, but it is Manchester City who are favored by 1 ½ on the road, with the goal total for this one set at 3. Let’s jump right into action and have a look at one of the upcoming matches, along with their Premier League odds.
City Vs Brighton Game Preview
Why bet on Brighton
Brighton are not yet officially safe from the drop this season, but they are getting close to being there. They are 9 points up on Aston Villa, the team occupying the final of the 3 relegations spots. With just 5 games left on the season, you would certainly think that Brighton have already done enough to secure their spot in the Premier League next season. The bad news for Brighton is that in the 3 seasons that they have been in the EPL, they have failed to pick up a single point in their games against Manchester City. That adds up to 4 straight defeats and being outscored 15-2. That should not give them much in the way of hope ahead of this game. At home this season, Brighton are 5-6-5, scoring 19 and surrendering 19.
Why bet on Manchester City
If you want to talk about a Jekyll and Hyde team coming down the stretch, you need to put Manchester City in the conversation. They looked great in their first 2 games back after the lockdown, beating their opponents by a combined score of 8-0. They followed that up with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea, a defeat that handed Liverpool the title, which was coming anyway. They then went out and totally destroyed the Champions 4-0, before going down 1-0 to Southampton over the weekend. When this team is on, they are tough to beat, but those couple of slips might just give you pause. Then again, Manchester City have been great at home, going 12-2-2, scoring 45 and surrendering just 12.
General Match Info Manchester City Vs Brighton and Hove Albion
- When: Wednesday, July 11 at 3 PM EST
- Where: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton
- City Vs Brighton: NBCSN
- EPL Odds: Brighton wins +900 / Man. City wins -286 / Draw +450
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While City have been a little up and down over the past couple of weeks, they have been totally dominant in their recent meetings with Brighton. I think they step up their game and come away with a big win here.
Pick: Brighton 0 Manchester City 4