Brighton vs Manchester City, Premier League

Just one point separates reigning champions Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool heading into what is sure to be a thrilling final set of fixtures if the footballing week is anything to go by.

That it took a spot-kick to get them on the scoresheet speaks volumes about the lack of firepower in Hughton's attack, who have drawn a blank in seven of their last nine games.

The bare statistics from both sides this season are phenomenal.

There will be a number of players saying farewell this weekend as they move on to pastures new.

However, the two teams maintained their positions with City comfortably beating West Ham which made Liverpool's win over Newcastle redundant.

Liverpool have earned an impressive 94 points in the Premier League this season. In this situation, it seems like Wolves and Brighton are only there and that City will win, and we will win, and they will be champion.

There could be some nervous moments for Pep Guardiola's side the longer the score stays at 0-0 or even 1-0, and if there are reports coming in of Liverpool getting goals at Anfield, but they are used to dealing with that kind of pressure.

Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin has maintained that reports regarding the future make-up of European football's elite club competitions remain speculative after the latest round of meetings concerning the likes of the Champions League.

Following the most impressive comeback Anfield has ever seen, the only sour note from Liverpool's stunning win over Barcelona was Andy Robertson's removal at half-time.

The document in question is said to propose that 24 of the teams 32 teams in the 2024/25 Champions League group stage would keep their place in the competition the following season regardless of where they finish in their domestic league. I backed the Gunners to win with a clean sheet that day and it would have come up had a stupid challenge from Granit Xhaka not gifted Brighton a penalty.

"There are ideas about promotion and relegation in the system, it's a different system from the one we have today", he told reporters.

Behind the runaway front two, all the issues in the Premier League are virtually done and dusted.

I predict that City will beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to a league-winning goal from Aguero.

They beat Manchester United at home, while also drawing home and away to Arsenal.

At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff are already preparing for life in the second-tier Championship.

  • Julie Sanders


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