Brighton go into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley looking to scupper Manchester City‘s bid to secure an unprecedented quadruple this season, for which they are 9/2 to achieve.
The FA Cup is their immediate priority, with a clash against Chris Hughton‘s Seagulls at the national stadium this weekend, and City will fancy their chances of coming out on top.
The Citizens have won all three Premier League games between the two sides, conceding just one goal in the process, while they have gone 11 games without defeat against Brighton, barring a penalty shoot-out loss in the 2008 League Cup, and are best priced 2/13 to win on Saturday.
City, who have Sergio Aguero (5/2 – first goalscorer) fit to play, are on a hot run of form of late, with 21 wins in their last 22 matches, while their FA Cup form is also intimidating to Brighton as they have scored 19 goals so far in this season’s competition and won eight out of their last nine semi-final appearances.
Brighton are taking part in only the second FA Cup semi-final in their history but have a small omen on their side as they thrashed City 4-0 in round four on their way to facing Manchester United in the 1983 final.
Hughton has admitted he will look to contain City “because the last thing you need is to be out of the game very quickly” and punters can get a tasty 9/1 for them to draw and take the tie into extra-time, while it’s a mammoth 28/1 for Albion to get the job done inside 90 minutes.
However, it’s difficult to see anything but a City triumph and as they have managed to score in each half of their three top-flight meetings to date, 8/11 for them to repeat that at Wembley is worth considering.