Can Brighton cut City to crown Liverpool?

May 12, 2019

 

Only four teams have beaten Manchester City in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool fans will hope that Brighton can become a fifth if they are to have any hope of clinching the Premier League title on Sunday afternoon.

Here, James Sharpe reveals some lessons the Seagulls can take from City’s previous defeats.

Liverpool fans will be hoping that Brighton can secure victory against Manchester City
Liverpool fans will be hoping that Brighton can secure victory against Manchester City

Take your chances…from everywhere!

Man City have conceded the fewest shots of any team in the Premier League this season. So when you get a chance, you have to take it.

That’s what Crystal Palace did when they beat City 3-2 at the Etihad in December. Palace had two shots in the first half and scored both of them.

You probably need a bit of magic too. Andros Townsend gave Palace the lead with a ludicrous first-time volley from 30 yards.

Verdict: Over to you, Glenn Murray. Brighton’s top scorer has 12 goals this season.

Andros Townsend scored a superb goal from distance for Crystal Palace against City
Andros Townsend scored a superb goal from distance for Crystal Palace against City

Defend for your lives

No matter how hard you try, Man City are going to keep the ball and they will attack you again and again. Somehow, you have to keep them out.

Chelsea left back Cesar Azpilicueta made 13 tackles against City in their 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, the most of any player in a game this season.

Brighton should be able to take heart from their last four games. The Seagulls have conceded 81 shots, the most of any team over that time, but have conceded just three goals. No team has made more blocks in the same period.

Verdict: Step forward, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk. Brighton’s centre backs have made almost half of their side’s blocks this season between them.

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta showed how to defend against City earlier this season
Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta showed how to defend against City earlier this season

Cut off the Silvas

Bernardo Silva and David Silva have created the most chances for Man City this season. Get to them and you might stand a chance.

Chelsea did that at Stamford Bridge. The Silvas created just two chances between them and had fewer touches than their average.

Verdict: Your time to shine, Dale Stephens. The midfielder has made 84 tackles this season, 22 more than the next Brighton player.

Brighton must look to limit the threat of both Bernardo Silva and David Silva on Sunday
Brighton must look to limit the threat of both Bernardo Silva and David Silva on Sunday

Don’t give up

Even if you concede early, keep going. In three of City’s four defeats, they have scored the first goal.

Sergio Aguero scored after just 24 seconds against Newcastle but Rafa Benitez’s side fought on and won the game with 10 minutes to go.

Leicester struck back immediately in their victory on Boxing Day before also sealing the win late on.

Verdict: Chris Hughton has to keep hopes high

Newcastle managed to come from behind to secure victory against City in January
Newcastle managed to come from behind to secure victory against City in January

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk

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