Manchester City will be looking to guarantee themselves a top four finish when they take on Brighton away in the south coast this Saturday night.
One more win will officially secure Pep Guardiola a finish in the Champions League places even though playing in Europe’s elite competition will be determined inside of a courtroom.
Here are some key stats to help you in your quest.
Who will win the game?
Brighton have played exciting, expansive football when Liverpool visited the Amex just a few days ago. In spite of their spirited effort, Graham Potter’s men faced a 3-1 defeat. Manchester City have also been playing heavenly football but that too has brought them mixed results with the side failing to win consecutive league games since mid-June.
Normally City would be the obvious choice in a game against a side 15th in the table however, with Guardiola’s men having lost three straight away Premier League games, there may be value in backing a draw or even a home win.
Which team will get the first goal?
For every one goal that Brighton have scored this season, Man City have managed 2.3. Pep Guardiola’s men are by far the best scorers in the league with 86 to their name however, their top goal getter Sergio Aguero will not feature due to a knee injury.
Nevertheless, if anyone is to score first in this game, it’s most likely going to be City. Brighton have scored first in just one of their last eleven Premier League games.
Will the away club record a clean sheet?
Looking at Manchester City’s recent away record, keeping a clean sheet will be the least of their worries. The Citizens have lost three of their last four games on the road; during this run they have conceded six goals.
Brighton have hosted City at the Amex on three occasions over the last twelve years and only once did City manage to avoid conceding a goal.
How many assists will Kevin De Bruyne record?
The Belgian international currently leads the way in terms of assists in the Premier League with a total of 18 to his name. Two of those assists have come in his last three appearances which suggests that the 29-year-old is certainly in-form and capable of adding to that total this weekend.