Competition/Round: 2017/18 Premier League Season – Matchday 37
Date/Time: Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 20:00 BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria); 15:00 EST, 12:00 PST (USA); 00:00 IST (India)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Simon Beck, Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Bobby Madley
TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League (UK); FuboTV, NBC Sports Gold (USA)
Live Stream: Sky GO (UK); NBC Sports Live (USA)
Manchester City were held to a goalless draw against a stubborn Huddersfield Town on Sunday. Although this put a slight dent in their Premier League trophy celebrations, the Blues have an opportunity to set a series of records before the end of the season. City, who currently sit on 94 points, are still on pace to earn a remarkable 100 points in a single campaign. They may also set the record for most wins, points earned and goals scored in a single Premier League season.
The Mancunian club announced last week that this will be Yaya Touré’s final season with the club. With this in mind, the Blues will be eager to give Yaya a proper display as they host the Seagulls in their final home game of the 2017/18 season. Moreover, setting these new records would give their fans an additional reason to celebrate their remarkable season.
Brighton & Hove Albion also had a party of their own. With three matches remaining, Brighton needed three points from a possible nine to guarantee their safety in the top flight. Against all odds, the Seagulls defeated Manchester United at the Amex Stadium last Friday, and thus earned enough points to avoid the drop into the Championship.
The Seagulls currently sit 14 in the league, and with two matches remaining, could finish as high as ninth. Brighton have had a good spell in their first Premier League season, and they will surely hope to build upon these good omens in this match.
Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero remains sidelined with a knee injury while Vincent Kompany is questionable. David Silva, who returned to Spain for personal matters, is not available.
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Fernandinho, Touré; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sané; Jesus
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Brighton & Hove Albion
Ryan; Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Saltor; Izquierdo, Pröpper, Stephens, Knockaert; Gross; Murray
Manager: Chris Hughton
Manchester City have the potential to set a series of Premier League records in their final home game of the season. A victory on Wednesday would see the Blues on 97 points, knowing a victory at Southampton would see them hit a historic 100 points.
On the other hand, many of City’s players will be competing in the FIFA World Cup. While setting these records would be remarkable for the club, the players will be eager to avoid any injuries before this summer’s major competition.
Brighton & Hove Albion, however, have their fair share of surprising results. Having defeated Manchester United on Friday, the Seagulls will seek to end the season with a strong performance. Manchester City were troubled by Brighton on the opening day of the season, and with Huddersfield Town’s recent result against the Blues, the Seagulls will hope to mimic this performance.
Nonetheless, the Seagulls have failed to beat the Blues in their last seven league visits. Brighton have also scored the fewest amount of goals on the road this season. Therefore, anything less than a City win seems unlikely. Perhaps this will be the day Manchester City set a series of new Premier League records.
Manchester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion