Manchester City faces Brighton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on August 31, 2019.

“Soccer" Manchester City

Manchester City in the Premier League’s dominant team today, winning the English title in three out of the last six seasons, including back to back in 2018 and 2019. These titles have come under the guidance of Pep Guardiola who is considered by many as the best football manager in the world. Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini in 2016 and it has been touch and go for Manchester City. Last season, this team didn’t just win the EPL title but they also took the EFL Cup and the FA Cup to complete an unprecedented domestic treble. They are among the soccer betting favorites to win the Premier League title again this season.

These are the players on Manchester City’s most recent roster dated July 16, 2019:

1 GK Claudio Bravo, 2 DF Kyle Walker, 3 DF Danilo, 5 DF John Stones, 7 FW Raheem Sterling, 8 Ilkay Gundogan, 9 FW Gabriel Jesus, 10 FW Sergio Aguero, 11 MF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 12 DF Angelino, 14 DF Aymeric Laporte, 15 DF Eliaquim Mangala, 16 MF Rodri, 17 MF Kevin De Bruyne, 19 MF Leroy Sane, 20 MF Bernardo Silva, 21 MF David Silva, 22 DF Benjamin Mendy, 25 MF Fernandinho, 25 MF Riyad Mahrez, 30 DF Nicolas Otamendi, 31 GK Ederson, 32 GK Daniel Grimshaw, 47 Phil Foden

What are the Moneyline Odds?

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Odds from as of 8/23/19

“Soccer" Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

The Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club was founded in 1901. The Seagulls played their early years in the Southern League before their election to the Football League in 1920. Between 1979 to 1983, they enjoyed success while playing in the First Division and played for the 1983 FA Cup Final. However, this club sank to the 4th division during the 1990s. They earned successive promotions in the early 2000s and then finally finished second in the EFL Championship in 20107 to earn their way back to the Premier League after a 34-year absence.  They finished 15th in their first season back but were nearly relegated the last time out after a 17th place finish. Chris Hughton was sacked and he was replaced by Graham Potter.

The Seagulls spent their early years playing for the Southern League before they were elected to the Football League in 1920. This team had some success between 1979 and 1983. They advanced to 1983 FA Cup Final. But during the 1990s, the club dropped to the 4th division. After earning successive promotions during the 2000s decade, the finished 2nd in the 2017 EFL Championship. That win gave them a return trip to the top flight after 34 seasons of absence. Their first year back was good as the finished in 15th place. However, they were almost relegated last season at #17. Brighton enters this match as a heavy favorite against the reigning Premier League titlists.

These are the players for Brighton as of August 3, 2019:

Goalkeepers: Matthew Ryan, Jason Steele, David Button Defenders: Gaetan Bong, Shane Duffey, Lewis Dunk (captain), Leon Balugon, Ezequiel Schelotto, Martin Montoya, Bernardo, Dan Burn, Tudor Baluta, Adam Webster Midfielders: Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Yves Bissouma, Leandro Trossard, Pascal Grob, Jose Izquierdo, Solly March, Davy Propper Forwards: Jurgen Locadia, Florin Andone, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Glenn Murray (vice-captain), Tomer Hemed,

“Soccer" Who Wins?

The defending champions are 1-1-0 so far this season with a 5-0 win over West Ham United and a 2-2 draw against Tottenham in their second meeting. Manchester City’s main offensive weapons have been impressive early on. Raheem Sterling has four goals already while Sergio Aguero has two in two games played. Manchester City still has a game with Bournemouth on the 25th before facing Brighton.

Interestingly Brighton is also 1-1-0 on the season as they beat Watford 3-0 and drew with West Ham 1-1. Brighton faces Southampton on the 24th before facing the champs in this game. I like how Brighton has started the season and I think they are going to make a fight out of this early on. However, Manchester City’s talent is overwhelming and I won’t be surprised if this is a walk in the park for them. Prediction: Manchester City

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