Xtra Tactics: Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion (FA Cup Semi-final)

Amid the intense Premier League action, Manchester City will shift their focus to the FA Cup semi-finals where they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the iconic Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The defending Premier League champions last lifted the coveted trophy in 2011 and have hammered almost every team they have faced on their way to Wembley. The Blues are enjoying scintillating form, winning 13 matches in a row (penalty shootouts included) and have scored two or more goals in ten of those games. More impressively, eight of those matches have been won by a margin of at least two goals.

However,  Brighton and Hove Albion, on the other hand, have lost by a more than one-goal margin in two of the nine matches against the current Premier League’s top-six sides so far this season.

Brighton and Hove Albion – Most used formation:

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Chris Hughton’s men have played a traditional 4-3-3 against most of the sides they have played so far and are expected to do the same against Manchester City. Duffy and Dunk lead their four-man defensive line, whereas Propper, Stephens and Bissouma form their three-man midfield. Jahanbaksh, Andone and March complete their front three and don’t expect many changes.

Brighton and Hove Albion – Strengths

Glenn Murray has two FA Cup goals so far and the strength of their strikers are the most threatening aspect of their side. They have utilised the corners so far and the threat of their defensive duo – Dunk and Duffy – from the corners is something which might worry Pep Guardiola. Keep an eye on those corner kicks!

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Brighton and Hove Albion – Weaknesses

The Seagulls have lost all three meetings with City since 2017 and interestingly – all with a two-goal margin. The laggy wing-backs would make the eyes of Manchester City wingers go big and the trickery of Sterling and Bernardo Silva might be too much for them. The midfield trio’s limited passing range have also hurt Albion so far in the season.

Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Last Head-to-Head results:

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(Credit: 11v11.com)

With the only three meetings of this decade coming since Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League, and City winning all three, there are positive omens for City. This will be only the third ever FA Cup meeting between the two sides.

The Xtra View – ‘Let the steamrolling continue’

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Manchester City are expected to maul Brighton and Hove Albion and expect a tennis scoreline. Big news for the Cityzens is that Sergio Aguero has travelled with the side and is likely to make the bench. Danilo and Walker might pair up for the wing-back positions and expect a few minutes for Benjamin Mendy. Wembley, Manchester City are coming for the finals!


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