AFTER FOUR CROWN.
One trophy (League Cup) has already been won, but if it ends, the season will be considered lost at the Etihad Stadium. City goes on the whole – this season he wants to get a quadruple crown, to the League Cup, Pep Guardiola’s players have to add – the championship of England, the FA Cup, and something they have never won – Champions League. Will the Citizens approach the second trophy on Saturday and play in the FA Cup Final?
- Manchester City – Sergio Aguero will probably be ready to play. Oleksandr Zinchenko is injured. Manchester City only lost 1 of the last 22 games (away from Newcastle) and there is no indication that this balance would worsen after the meeting with Brighton. Before the semifinal of Brighton, Pep Guardiola said: “When I was young I watched the FA Cup finals. I saw this tradition, fans and managers – it was a great experience for me. City won the Cup 5 times, we want to win it once again. “
- Brighton – it is uncertain how to participate in this match of Solly March and Jurgen Locadia. Brighton remains without a victory for nearly a month. In the last two games he lost 0: 1 from Southampton and 0: 3 at Chelsea. Chris Hughton spoke about the attitude of his team to the FA Cup semi-final match: “I think we can not go here for an exchange of blows. I think it will not be a shame if we play here conservatively. They have many options and many ways to break the defensive of the opponent. The last thing we would like to experience here is to quickly fall out of the game. “
Forecast: Manchester City did not have to make any effort to beat Cardiff 2: 0 on Wednesday. Perhaps Brighton will set some higher requirements, but it seems that the winner of this clash can only be one. Unless the Gulls play at their best level, their fans will not be happy to mention this FA Cup semi-final. Manchester City now has a series of 13 wins in a row, with a goal difference of 37: 7! These clubs have faced three times since Brighton moved up to the Premier League, City was always the top – twice after 2: 0 and once 3: 1. You can see that recently Guardiola has activated the economic mode, won the last 2 matches after 2: 0. A tight calendar commands reason. I bet on City, but without fireworks. Chris Hughton also announces a very careful game, with a focus on accurate defensive play. Proposed bets: below 3.5 gola – odds 1.7 / Manchester City and below 3.5 gol – odds 2.03 / Manchester City to win to zero – odds 1.62.