Endgame – Predicted XI for Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City (Premier League)

This is the ooo-ooo-ooone we’ve waited for

It’s a shame the Stone Roses support the wrong team in Manchester, otherwise that would have been a top opening reference for this week’s Predicted XI. Oh well, we are the walrus.

Wait, if that was only a cover by Oasis, who sang it first?

Ah, The Beatles… where are they from then?

So, it’s come all the way down to the last game of the season. Again. Respect to my brethrens who can’t take much more. Hang in there, we are close. We are so close.

After the conga line City danced to the same trophy last year, this team need to prove that they’re ballsy enough to win a game like this. That spine of Kompany, Silva, and Agüero is more important than ever, with their überhigh-stakes game experience.

But of course you don’t need me to remind you of 2012, when Mancini’s men clinched that first Premier League title in the most City way possible. I was down the pub watching it with my dad. He had already sunk 7 pints of Finest by the 85th minute; he made us walk home by the 89th.

Nice one Dad.

Brighton are safe and have nothing to play for. That doesn’t really tell us anything though; it’s either beneficial or detrimental depending on how cynical you feel. It is definitely maybe safe to say that the Seagulls are going to park the bus.

If City can match or do better than Liverpool’s result against Wolves, they will have bagged their fourth Premier League title in eight years. It also means they will have passed the halfway mark on their way to an unprecedented English domestic treble. With two out of four English teams guaranteed European glory, there’s added pressure in making sure they’re remembered for this hair-raising season.

Bloody hell, it’s hot in here.

TEAM NEWS

As you’d expect Benjamin Mendy is lay in a hospital bed somewhere in Barcelona, being fed pre-peeled grapes by Dr Ramon Cugat. Hey, at least he’s good at Instagram. Pep has also confirmed Fernandinho is out, but hopes to have him recovered in time for the FA Cup Final. We can only thank Jesus (Christ) that Kevin de Bruyne has been training with the first team, and is expected to make an appearance down south at some point.

CITY XTRA LINE-UP PREDICTION

I’ll start with a nice easy one. Ederson Moraes is all set to become the first player since St. Joe Hart to play every single minute of a Premier League season. 

I hope ‘good Kyle Walker‘ turns up and not that tense nutter that sometimes masquerades in his place. If shouty Kyle does decide to come, we are going to need long-range specialist Vincent Kompany to clean up after him. The captain’s serious face and unwavering leadership are crucial at the Amex Stadium. Likewise, let’s have Aymeric Laporte put in a typically solid performance, please. That means Oleksandr Zinchenko can continue his steady rise to cult hero status.

In the absence of Fernandinho, silky Ilkay Gündoğan starts, gives the haters the old finger-over-mouth “shh” gesture, picks up the trophy… and falls in love with City all over again. David Silva makes an appearance: not just because he’s my G, but because this might be the last time the Premier League gets to see that marvellous hairline before it jets off to Japan. Pep won’t risk de Bruyne from the start – he needs him fit for Wembley. Bernardo Silva in the middle to prove that he’s the best player in the world, no matter where he plays.

Big man Raheem Sterling finishes another dazzling season by proving that he is actually also the best player in the world. Something to note is that Brighton right back, captain, and actual 38 year-old Bruno is retiring after this game, so expect Leroy Sané to run at him full pelt until he cries.

Up top, you shouldn’t bet against Sergio Agüero bagging a mythical double hat-trick to make certain he wins the Golden Boot.

City Bench: Aro Muric, John Stones, Danilo, Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus.

Make or break. Do or die. Town or tears. Manchester City, are you ready to stand on the shoulders of giants?


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