Manchester City vs Brighton preview: Aguero available for selection following injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 05 April 2019 13:31


Manchester City vs Brighton preview: Aguero available for selection following injuryBlues seeking first FA Cup success since 2011

Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition: F.A. Cup

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 6th April 2019

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: R East

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 8/1, Brighton 22/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BBC One

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, Delph, Zinchenko

Doubtful: Aguero, Mendy

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Chris Hughton

Squad (from): Ryan, Steele, Button, Bruno, Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun, Bernardo, Montoya, Stephens, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Propper, Bissouma, Murray, Izquierdo, Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh

Injured: Gross

Doubtful: March, Locadia

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDLL

Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy could travel with the squad to Wembley, but Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko miss out through injury. City are still fighting on three fronts and whilst the Premier League and Champions League are the priority, manager Pep Guardiola said that his side are committed to trying to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2011.

"This, I’m sure, will be a fantastic occasion. Brighton are a side committed to playing attractive football and I’m really looking forward to facing them at this beautiful stadium.

"Of course, it’s our third visit to Wembley this season. We’ve won our first two The FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup final so let’s hope we can make it three.

"The FA Cup is a trophy we want to win. It’s the most prestigious domestic knockout competition in world football and every manager and player wants to win it.

"I’ve seen a focus in my players’ eyes all week. They are hungry for more success, which is great to see, and I have no doubt they will give everything to make sure we return to Wembley in May for the Final.

"No team has ever won all four trophies before, but we want to try. I cannot guarantee more trophies before the end of the season, but what I can promise is these players will give their all.

"You have to go back to 2011 for our last victory in the competition, so there’s a real desire among the squad and staff to win this one"

City's last game against the Seagulls ended in a 2-0 victory, with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 11 of the 20 games played against Brighton, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Gundogan, Foden, D Silva, Sane, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 Brighton 0

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