Manchester City travel to Brighton for the final away league game of the season hoping to continue their rich vein of form before the Champions League final.
Manchester City play their last away game of the 2020-21 Premier League season against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday. The newly crowned English champions were served a baptism of fire by Newcastle United on Friday in their first game since being confirmed title winners.
They narrowly edged Magpies in a pulsating, topsy-turvy 4-3 thriller. Although the title is already in the bag, Pep Guardiola will demand more from his players defensively, having also lost to Chelsea a couple of games ago. Luckily for them, Brighton have been one of the least formidable sides in the top-flight this season.
They have netted 37 times from 35 games so far, with only five teams scoring fewer goals. Although the Seagulls have escaped relegation once again, head coach Graham Potter has challenged his side to finish strongly. The Sky Blues will aim not to take anything for granted.
Manchester City will rotate their team once again. Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are both struggling with knocks and may not feature despite being spotted in training. But with no other injury concerns, Pep Guardiola is certain to rotate his squad once again. Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, and Phil Foden are likely to start after being rested against the Magpies.
Scott Carson was a surprise pick in the win over Newcastle United, and this time around, Pep might go back to his main goalkeeper Ederson. Ruben Dias and John Stones could return at the heart of the four-man backline, with Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko servicing as full-backs.
In midfield, Ilkay Gundogan could be set for a breather, paving the way for Bernardo Silva to retain his place in the side, as the Portuguese international looks to offer the creative essence in the final third, alongside Phil Foden.
The attack-minded midfield, though, will need some solid defensive cover and that is where Fernandinho comes into the fray. The experienced Brazilian is tipped to replace Rodri, operating in the sole number six slot in Manchester City’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Moving forward, Ferran Torres remains a guaranteed starter after scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle United. He is likely to feature alongside Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus in the three-man Man City attack that will look to pick up three more points against Brighton.