Brighton v Manchester City: Premier League – live | premier league
Brighton are making four changes to the side that started the 3-1 win over Southampton. Danny Welbeck, Billy Gilmour, Facundo Buonanotte and Jan Paul van Hecke replace Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Alexis Mac Allister and Evan Ferguson.
Manchester City meanwhile are welcoming all the big guns, having given them a rest for the Chelsea game. Stefan Ortega, Rico Lewis, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are the only players to retain their places in the starting XI.
Brighton and Hove Albion: Steele, Caicedo, Van Hecke, Colwill, Estupinan, Gross, Gilmour, Buonanotte, Enciso, Mitoma, Welbeck.
Subs: McGill, Webster, Dunk, MacAllister, Undav, Ayari, Ferguson, Veltman, Peupion.
Manchester City: Ortega, Walker, Stones, Lewis, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Haaland.
Replacements: Ederson, Phillips, Alvarez, Gomez, Charles, O’Reilly, Palmer, Robertson, Knight.
Let’s be honest with ourselves: there’s not much to do in this game. Manchester City are already champions, so their minds are almost certainly 99% fixated on their two upcoming finals, stages two and three of The Treble. And while it’s true that Brighton need one more point to emphatically confirm their participation in next year’s Europa League, they have so much better goal difference than the only team that can still mathematically catch them, Aston Villa things should go seriously trippy for them not to hang on to sixth place, even if they lose their two remaining games.
Then again, Brighton are still in a position to beat Liverpool for fifth place, so there you have it. Meanwhile, eagle-eyed watchers may have noticed that Pep Guardiola has instilled a winning mentality in Manchester City, and the momentum could prove invaluable for those aforementioned finals, so there’s that too. Two beautiful football teams unencumbered by risk but always with an eye on a bigger prize: what’s not to love? Kick-off at the Amex at 8 p.m. TSB. It’s on!