Manchester City will look to take another step to a historical and unprecedented quadruple when they face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday evening. Chris Hughton’s side will do their utmost to give City a game, but how do they plan to stop a City side who have won their last 13 in a row in all competitions?
Manchester City vs Brighton – FA Cup Semi-Final 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: 06 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 17:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Anthony Taylor
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the game live on BBC One and BBC One HD. Live streaming is also available on the BBC website via your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the match and reside in the UK.
Manchester City vs Brighton – Form Guide
After being knocked out of the FA Cup last season to Wigan, Manchester City very nearly slipped up again last time out away at Swansea. If it wasn’t for a late rally, we wouldn’t be talking about the quadruple. However, many believe City will breeze past Brighton on Saturday.
City have progressed in eight of their last nine FA Cup semi-finals, and they’ll be confident of making it nine from 10. The Citizens have scored more FA Cup goals than anyone else this season, but Brighton did win the only ever FA Cup meeting between the sides. Ok, so it was back in 1983, but still.
The Seagulls have it all to do, everyone knows that. Wembley isn’t a very happy hunting ground for them either. They are winless in their last four visits.
Since miraculously beating Millwall in the previous round, Brighton have suffered defeats at home to Southampton and away to Chelsea without scoring. It’s difficult to make a case for them winning on Saturday, but if they start well and nick an early goal, who knows?
Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Oleksandr Zinchenko was forced off in the midweek win against Cardiff with a hamstring injury, so he’ll be missing. So too Fabian Delph. Does this mean a start is on the horizon for Benjamin Mendy? You’d think so, but Guardiola has offered him no guarantees.
Sergio Aguero had a niggle last time out, so he was given the evening off on Wednesday night. He’s expected to be fine for Saturday.
As for Brighton, Pascal Gross is the only one definitely out of this weekend’s game. It looks like Solly March and Jurgen Locadia will win their respective fitness races to grab a place in the squad.
Man City Predicted XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, David Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero.
Brighton Predicted XI: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh, Murray.
Latest Match Odds
Manchester City are silly odds. They’ve been priced up by the bookmakers as low as 1/10 to win on Saturday. Brighton are available at a huge 25/1, with the draw at 8/1.
3-0. I can’t see any other result than a City win. Will it be a cricket score? I doubt it. Brighton will give them a good fight. However, the quality will shine through eventually and Pep’s side will win this comfortably. Brighton’s best hope is from a set piece in my opinion.
It’s difficult to find any value in this one, but City to win without conceding has a great chance at odds of 8/13. Brighton will have the odd chance, but Manchester City are more than capable of winning this at a canter without being tested at the back. Brighton failed to score against Southampton. They also failed to trouble Chelsea. I think they’ll also fail to trouble City.
Match Stats & Facts
- Brighton have faced City once in the FA Cup. They beat them in 1983 and went on to make the Final.
- The Seagulls have won just one of their last 11 against City.
- City are the top scorers in this season’s FA Cup with 19.
- Brighton have played four times at Wembley and won none. If they lose on Saturday, they will become the fifth side to win none of the first five visits to the national stadium.