The 13th round match of the APL between Manchester City and Brighton will take place on October 22 at the Etihad Stadium.
In contrast to all the clubs in the APL, the Citizens did not play in the middle of the week, so the team got a little rest before the upcoming round. Josep Guardiola’s charges retained their second place in the standings, except that the gap from the leading Arsenal increased to 4 points. “The Canaries won their previous league game but the Citizens lost for the first time this season, losing away to Liverpool 0-1. It was the first defeat in the last 22 games in the AFL, and also the first time Manchester City failed to score in the league since the middle of March this year. At home in the AFL, the Citizens have a nine-game winning streak, in which the team has not scored less than three goals.
After a scoreless 3-3 draw with Liverpool, the team was drought in goals. In the last three rounds, Brighton lost twice to Tottenham (0-1) and Brentford (0-2), and in the last match the team drew nil at home to Nottingham Forest. The last time the team did not score in three straight league games from March to April this year. Away in the AFL, Brighton are winless in three consecutive games, losing twice and drawing once.
In this pairing we should not expect any sensation. “Manchester City remains one of the strongest clubs in Europe and will clearly come out fired up for a big win. It is unlikely that the guests will be able to avoid failure, given the mood of the opponent and the huge difference in class. We believe that the Citizens will score a lot and leave their goal intact, convincingly getting three points.