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Brighton v Manchester City: 2012 In Reverse!

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By: Marc Gingell

When your name’s on the title, your name’s on the title, and strange things can happen during the last games of the season! In this fixture, probably thanks to Raheem Sterling, Manchester City just might take a lead within the first 15 minutes. They will then go into cruise control as they have done so often since the turn of the year. 

But Brighton, with Shane Duff and Lewis Dunk standing strong and dealing with relentless waves of City attacks, somehow keep the score at 1-0 as the games ticks into added time.

Some City fans think the title race is over. Others are almost on the pitch. But good old Glenn Murray pops up with a stoppage-time equaliser. All eyes switch to Anfield where Liverpool are drawing 2-2.

Match Details 

12-May Amex Stadium Brighton v Manchester City
KO: 15:00 REF: M Oliver

Brighton Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Davy Pröpper Hamstring injury. José Izquierdo Knee injury.

Chris Houghton Comments

“It’s a home game for us. Irrespective of the results we have had against the big teams, our philosophy has always been the same – how can we win this football match?
It so happens that this game has a lot of meaning and we have to treat it with the respect it deserves. We have to try our best to get a result.”

Manchester City Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Claudio Bravo Achilles injury. Fernandinho Knee injury
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Kevin De Bruyne Muscle injury.

Opta Stats

  • Brighton have lost just one of their last five home games against Man City in all competitions (W1 D3), though it was in this exact fixture last season (0-2).
  • Manchester City have won their last four meetings with Brighton in all competitions, already beating the Seagulls twice this season (once in the league, once in the FA Cup).
  • Brighton have lost their last three final games of a top-flight season, losing 0-4 at Liverpool last term.
  • Manchester City haven’t lost on the final day of a Premier League season since 2012-13, when Chris Hughton’s Norwich won 3-2 at the Etihad.
  • Brighton and Hove Albion have played more top-flight matches against reigning champions without winning than any other team in top-flight history (11 – W0 D2 L9).
  • A win will guarantee Manchester City their fourth Premier League title, and sixth overall in the English top-flight. They would be the first team to retain the crown since Manchester United in 2008-09.
  • The last team to be top going into the final day of an English top-flight season and not win the title were Liverpool in 1988-89.

Prediction

In 2012 Manchester City won the Premier League with the last kick of the season as Sergio Agüero scored and City beat QPR 3-2. They finished on 89 points, as did Manchester United, but took the title on goal difference. This season, late drama could work against them at the Amex Stadium!

Brighton 1 Manchester City 1

 

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