• Man City v Brighton - Match Preview, TV Channel, live stream & team news

    Published Wednesday 13 January 2021 5:23pm

    4 min read

    Man City take on Brighton in tonight's Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, live on BT Sport - we've got the details on the match, how to watch it and our score predictions.

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By Adam Mcenroe

When Chris Hughton left the Brighton and Hove Albion job and was replaced by Graeme Potter, the hope for fans was high. Here was an attack-minded coach who would have his team go at any opponent, regardless of their stature in the game.

However, fans might have hoped for a little more caution when it comes to playing the larger lights of the Premier League. Without doubt, this is the exact kind of game that fans might have a few concerns over moving forward.

Can Brighton go to Manchester City and avoid a rout?

Man City v Brighton team news

Part of the problem for both sides here is the growing and glaring number of injuries that are taking place. For example, City are without Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and most likely Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake. However, they are also looking forward to the return of Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker after missing games due to the COVID-19 protocols.

However, Brighton are missing a host of players due to injury. They are going to be short on some of their most important players, including first-team regulars like Yves Bissouma and Adam Lallana. Other long-term misses include the likes of Aaron Connolly and Tariq Lamptey, further limiting the number of squad options that manager Potter has to deal with and pick from.

This could cause some issues later on in the game, especially as Brighton have found it hard to keep pressure up for the whole match when away from home. The lack of available substitutes is likely to limit their ability to swap players in and out. One player who could return in time for the game is Danny Welbeck, with the England international likely to play some role in the game to come.

City are looking to see first-team goalkeeper Ederson return, though, as he could play a crucial role in their defensive upturn. While USA international Zack Steffen has done an admirable job since stepping up to the first-team, it is likely that Ederson will return to nets for the game to come.

Given that City have made a habit of scoring regularly against Brighton, scoring at least four goals in their previous three matches, Brighton will need to overcome a bit of a hoodoo when they play the Citizens. City, though, are on a 7-game winning streak against the seasiders; this might make it tough for Brighton to overcome history, both recent and medium-term.

When is the Man City v Brighton game on TV?

Man City v Brighton is being played on Wednesday 13th January 2021.

What time does the match kick-off?

Man City v Brighton kicks off at 18:00 GMT.

What TV channel is Man City v Brighton live on?

You can watch the game live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate (for Ultra HD viewers).

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How to watch the Man City v Brighton match via live streaming

You can watch the game live on the BT Sport app, or via the BT Sport website (if you are a BT subscriber).

Man City v Brighton - Our Verdict

City have the wind behind their sails and have started to consistently put together a run of results that could lead to results. They have found consistency in front of goal, and also have cut out the silly concessions. While Brighton have shown they can compete with City for a period in games, they seem to lack the same kind of consistency for the entire match-up.

For that reason, we expect to see City overcome Brighton with a pretty consistent performance. They seem to have overcome the challenges of the earlier part of the season where goals were hard to come by. Having found their fluency in front of goal, expect City to continue forward here. 

Prediction: Man City 3-0 Brighton

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