Manchester City will look to settle for nothing less than all three points to regain the top spot from Liverpool as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Etihad on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s men cannot afford a slip-up at this stage in the race for the top-flight title with Jurgen Klopp’s side breathing down their necks after a 4-0 rout over Manchester United 4-0 on Tuesday to go top of the summit.
Brighton will come to the Etihad on the back of wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Manchester City remains without Kyle Walker because of an ankle issue but Ruben Dias could make his return to starting eleven after seven weeks out.
Guardiola will assess the fitness of Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan after both midfielders were not risked against Liverpool on Saturday due to foot and knee issues sustained in the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma begins a two-game ban after accumulating 10 yellow cards.
Steven Alzate could come back into contention after missing a 1-0 away win at Tottenham through illness.
Head to Head
Manchester City is unbeaten in all 11 of their previous home league games against Brighton with nine wins and two draws.
The Seagulls have lost eight of their nine Premier League matches against City, except last season’s 3-2 victory at Amex Stadium.
Citizens have won three draws two and lost one from their last six fixtures, while the visiting team has two victories one draw, and three defeats from the same number of matches.
Key Numbers & Match Facts
Manchester City has failed to win two of their last three Premier League games after drawing Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Citizen’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool saw them become the 20th and final team to drop Premier League points from a winning position this season.
Manchester City has won each of their previous 18 league matches on a Wednesday as Kevin de Bruyne is vying to score in three consecutive league games for the first time since October 2015.
Phil Foden has scored four Premier League goals versus Brighton, more than against any other side.
Brighton has recorded back-to-back league victories after failing to win any of their previous seven.
The Seagulls have not won three consecutive top-flight matches since October 2018
Brighton could become the third team to win an away game against the reigning Premier League champions in consecutive seasons after beating Liverpool last season.
Graham Potter’s side’s Premier League record on Wednesdays is rather poor, having won just one of 16.
Leandro Trossard has the chance to become the first Brighton player to score in three consecutive Premier League away fixtures after scoring against Arsenal and Tottenham.
Brighton has struggled to win matches without Malian midfielder Yves Bissouma after one victory of the last 18 league games with 11 draws and six defeats.
Man City Predicted Lineup: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Grealish
Brighton Predicted Lineup: Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Cucurella; Lamptey, Gross, Mwepu, Lallana, Trossard; Mac Allister, Welbeck
Brighton can surely be able to get a goal against this Manchester City lineup, but it probably won’t be as many as they’ll concede.
Punters can also look for over 2.5 goals in this encounter as both teams scored in a 2-1 victory for Manchester City at the end of this one.