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Betting Preview: Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion: Can the Citizens score in both halves?

12:00 BST 05/04/2019
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The Seagulls will struggle to contain a Pep Guardiola side in the hunt for the quadruple this campaign

Saturday evening will see Manchester City lock horns with Brighton and Hove Albion at the prestigious Wembley stadium for their FA Cup semi-final clash.

This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the FA Cup since January 1983, when the Seagulls won 4-0 in a fourth-round tie.

But a lot has happened in the folklore of both clubs since then as Manchester City now backed by the wealthy Abu Dhabi United Group are a huge force to be reckoned with in British football.

That’s why when the two outfits step unto the Wembley pitch on Saturday; its Pep Guardiola’s side who will earn the favourites tag and not the winner from their last FA Cup meeting in 1983.

For context, the Citizens were victorious in the previous three meetings between them (all Premier League affairs), scoring a total of seven goals in those games.

And they are thus expected to come out on top in this one at (1.14) odds with Bet365.

Brighton who were also victorious against Manchester City in a second division clash in 1989, will look to pull a shocking win here at (17.00) odds with the same betting company.

Chris Hughton’s men drew 2-2 at Millwall after regulation time in the previous round of this competition and progressed via a 5-4 win on penalties. Another stalemate in this clash after 90 minutes for the Falmer-based outfit is offered at (8.00) odds.

However, Manchester City who are in the running for glory in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League – scored a total of 12 goals in their previous three matches across these three competitions.

Pep Guardiola’s men scored in both halves in two out of their previous three outings against Brighton. Therefore punters can lookout for free-scoring Manchester City netting in both halves of this game – offered at juicy odds of (1.66) with Bet365.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.