Brighton vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result and final score after Julio Enciso wondergoal

Brighton will give the newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City a guard of honour ahead of thie clash tonight in what their penultimate game of the season.

The Seagulls are hoping to finish the season strongly after earning a place in European competition and are still in with an outside chance of nicking fifth place off Liverpool. Victory over Southampton last weekend means Brighton have won a spot in the Europa League and will finish no lower than sixth yet if they win their final two matches and Liverpool lose on Sunday they will leap above the Reds into fifth.

The possibility of doing so may not be that far-fetched either. After securing yet another Premier League title, Pep Guardiola is expected to rest key personnel ahead of the FA Cup and Champions League finals meaning Roberto De Zerbi’s side could take advantage of a weakened City line-up. However, despite this encounter being a low-stakes affair, City have not lost in 24 matches across all competitions and will likely show why they are so difficult to beat.

Follow all the action as Brighton host Man City in the Premier League:

Brighton vs Manchester City

  • Brighton host Manchester City in the Premier League

  • 81’ NO GOAL! - Haaland’s goal is ruled out for a foul in the build-up (BHA 1-1 MCI)

  • 79’ GOAL! - Haaland nods City into the lead (BHA 1-2 MCI)

  • 78’ CHANCE! - Estupinan comes close with a long range effort (BHA 1-1 MCI)

  • 44’ DISALLOWED! - Welbeck’s fine finish is ruled out for offside (BHA 1-1 MCI)

  • 38’ GOAL! - Enciso rockets in the equaliser (BHA 1-1 MCI)

  • 31’ DISALLOWED! - Mitoma’s equaliser is ruled out for handball (BHA 0-1 MCI)

  • 25’ GOAL! - Foden turns the ball home to open the scoring (BHA 0-1 MCI)

  • 22’ CHANCE! - Steele denies Haaland again (BHA 0-0 MCI)

  • 19’ CROSSBAR! - Welbeck hits the woodwork from a free kick (BHA 0-0 MCI)

  • 6’ CHANCE! - Haaland nods Foden’s cross over the top (BHA 0-0 MCI)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1 - 1 Manchester City FC

FT Brighton 1-1 Man City

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Full-time: Brighton 1-1 Man City

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90+4 mins: The points are shared. Brighton secure Europa League football and clinch sixth place - their highest ever finish in the top flight.

They went toe-to-toe with the Premier League champions but couldn’t quite get themselves in front. City go unbeaten once more and extend that run to 25 games across all competitions.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play at the Amex Stadium. That’s time enough for one of these sides to get a winner but will there be another goal?

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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87 mins: Changes for Manchester City as John Stones is replaced by Sergio Gómez and Kalvin Phillips is on for Bernardo Silva. Just a few minutes left to go and Brighton look to be settling for a point.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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84 mins: Pep Guardiola isn’t happy with that VAR decision. He’s been berating the assistant referees and finally the on-field ref has had enough.

He jogs over and shows Guardiola a yellow card.

NO GOAL! Brighton 1-1 Man City

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81 mins: The goal has been ruled out! VAR tells the referee to head over to the pitchside monitor. He watches as Erling Haaland tugs on Levi Colwill’s shirt in order to get ahead of him and that’s enough for the referee to rule out the goal for a foul.

GOAL! Brighton 1-2 Man City (Haaland, 79’)⚽️

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79 mins: Erling Haaland gets his goal! He’s been unusually quiet in this half but arrives at the right time to meet Cole Palmer’s cross from the left wing.

Haaland moves ahead of Levi Colwill to meet the ball with a lovely header that Jason Steele has not chance to stop.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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78 mins: Close! Pervis Estupinan runs onto a loose ball and rattles a shot at goal from a long way out. He strikes it brilliantly by swerves the shots mere inches wide of the left hand post!

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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75 mins: Danny Welbeck and Facundo Buonanotte leave the pitch with 15 minutes left to play as Deniz Undav and Joel Veltman are introduced.

Can Brighton get themselves a winner?

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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72 mins: City win a free kick that gets whipped into the box by Riyad Mahrez. Jan Paul van Hecke leaps highest and nods the ball clear from the hosts.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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69 mins: If things remain as they are Brighton will mathematically be guaranteed Europa League football next season.

They are pretty much going to get it anyway as Aston Villa’s goal difference is nowhere close to theirs but confirmation of a spot in Europe’s second tier would be a nice reward for tonight’s performance.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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66 mins: The second half hasn’t ignited in the same way that the first 45 minutes did but Brighton look the more aggressive team. It feels as though a win would mean more to them than to Man City which is probably true.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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63 mins: Moises Caicedo now has a shot charged down on the edge of the block before Mitoma gets free on the left and forces a low stop out of Stefan Ortega.

Brighton are turning up the heat here.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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60 mins: Kevin De Bruyne manages an hour before Pep Guardiola says that’s enough, Julian Alvarez is introduced to replace him.

Danny Welbeck leads the charge for Brighton, he puts Alvarez under serious pressure deep in his own half and recovers possession befor giving it to Mitoma.

Mitoma squares the ball to Mac Allister who smokes a shot at goal only for his effort to get charged down.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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57 mins: Chance! The substitutes are trying to outdo each other! The ball breaks for Evan Ferguson in the box after a block from John Stones.

He drills a first time effort at goal but Stefan Ortega drops to his left and turns the ball wide of the near post.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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54 mins: Shot! Cole Palmer gets stuck into the action immediately and controls a diagonal pass over on the left wing. He dances into the box and shoots forcing a solid save out of Jason Steele.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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51 mins: Phil Foden looks to have picked up a knock - he was moving awkwardly at the end of the first half - so Pep Guardiola wastes no time in taking him off. Cole Palmer comes on to replace him.

Roberto De Zerbi also makes a change with Julio Enciso and Billy Gilmour taken off for Alexis Mac Allister and Evan Ferguson.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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48 mins: Bernardo Silva carries the ball down the left side before slipping it into the box for Phil Foden. Foden takes it to the byline and lifts a cross over to the far side but there’s no-one their to get on the end of it.

Ilkay Gundogan then recycles the ball for City and takes a shot that gets deflected behind for a corner.

Second half: Brighton 1-1 Man City

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No changes from either side at the break. Brighton get the ball rolling for the second half hoping to pick up where they left off in the first 45 minutes.

HT Brighton 1-1 Man City

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Brighton attempted 11 shots in the first half against Man City; it’s the most any side has managed in the opening 45 minutes of a match against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in all competitions.

HT Brighton 1-1 Man City

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Phil Foden has six Premier League goals against Brighton - at least twice as many as he has versus any other opposing side. In fact, only Harry Kane (7) has ever scored more Premier League goals against the Seagulls than Foden.

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HT Brighton 1-1 Man City

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Half-time: Brighton 1-1 Man City

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45+3 mins: A very entertaining first half comes to a close. Manchester City haven’t really been on it except for Phil Foden who’s displayed all his quality.

The visitors took the lead but that unshackled Brighton and they stepped up their attacking intent. Kaoru Mitoma and Danny Welbeck had goals disallowed but Julio Enciso rocketed home a wonderful strike to equalise.

All to play for in the second half.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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45 mins: Three minutes of added time to play in the first half.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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44 mins: Disallowed goal! Brighton score again thanks to a threaded pass from Estupinan who slips the ball into the box for Danny Welbeck.

The forward gets in behind then drills a left-footed shot past Stefan Ortega only for the offside flag to go up.

Brighton 1-1 Man City

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42 mins: Brighton seem full of confidence now. A free kick is dinked to Pervis Estupinan who jogs into the penalty area and looks to cross it over to the far post.

Riyad Mahrez gets in the way and deflects it behind for a corner. There’s a quick VAR check for handball but nothing comes from it.

GOAL! Brighton 1-1 Man City (Enciso, 38’)⚽️

20:40 , Mike Jones

38 mins: What a strike!

Julio Enciso take a bow. He’s miles out from goal when he collects the ball and nudges it towards the box. About 25-yards out his unleashes a lovely strike that curls just enough to finish inside the right hand post and rocket into the back of the net.

Fantastic equaliser.

Brighton 0-1 Man City

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34 mins: Although the goal didn’t stand, Brighton will take heart that they’re improving in this game. They’re seeing more of the ball in City’s half and have created a couple of decent chances.

City look slightly off their best at the minute.

Brighton 0-1 Man City

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31 mins: Disallowed goal! Kaoru Mitoma thinks he’s got the equaliser but his effort has been ruled out! Brighton win a corner that gets swung into the box.

Danny Welbeck wins the initial header and nods it to the back post where Mitoma arrives and pokes it at goal. Stefan Ortega keeps it out but Mitoma falls onto the ball and scoops it over the line with his right arm.

It’s totally accidental as he braced himself to hit the floor but nonetheless the goal doesn’t stand.

Brighton 0-1 Man City

20:28 , Mike Jones

28 mins: Phil Foden loves a goal against Brighton. He’s now scored in all five of his starts against the Seagulls. So far, Foden’s been the best player on the pitch.

GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Man City (Foden, 25’)⚽️

20:26 , Mike Jones

25 mins: There’s the breakthrough! This time it’s Erling Haaland who is the provider. He collects a long ball and drives into the box drawing out the goalkeeper.

Haaland looks up and spies Phil Foden in space before slipping him the pass. With Steele out of position Foden hits the ball at Jan Paul van Hecke who can’t clear it off the line and City take the lead.

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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22 mins: Chance! Foden tricks his way forward and slips a pass in behind for Haaland. The striker touches the ball into the box, checks to the left and pokes an effort at goal but Jason Steele gets off his line quickly and closes down the Norwegian!

Great save.

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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19 mins: Crossbar! Another free kick for Brighton and this one is closer, about 25-yards out. Pascal Gross isn’t in the frame after his last effort with Danny Welbeck taking his place.

Welbeck goes for goal, lifts the ball over the wall and gets enough dip on the shot that it rattles the crossbar and bounces clear!

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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15 mins: Julio Enciso is taken out off the ball by Rodri who’s playing as a defender tonight. Brighton win a free kick about 30 yards out from goal.

Pervis Estupinan and Pascal Gross stand over the ball. It’s Gross to take it but his low effort skips straight through to Stefan Ortega in goal.

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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12 mins: City have controlled most of possession though they haven’t stepped out of second gear yet.

Ortega is given the ball but he isn’t as controlled with it at his feet. Moises Caicedo pressures the goalkeeper and almost nips around him but Ortega’s lunge tips it past the midfielder and eases the danger.

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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9 mins: Phil Foden, so effective in an attacking sense for Man City, gets back to help out defensively as Brighton stride up the pitch. Danny Welbeck receives the ball in the box and gets a shot away only for Foden to jump in front of the ball and make the block.

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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6 mins: Chance! Oh my days how has Erling Haaland missed this?

Phil Foden gets the ball on the edge of the box, over on the left side of the pitch. He spins and weaves in between four defenders to get into the area then lifts a perfect cross to back post.

Erling Haaland is open and has a free header but he pumps it over the crossbar and looks so annoyed at the missed opportunity.

Brighton 0-0 Man City

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3 mins: Jan Paul van Hecke seems keen to impress for Brighton and steps into the middle of the pitch to mark Kevin De Bruyne. When the City playmaker receives the ball Van Hecke leaps into a tackle and brings him down.

Free kick to City.

Kick off: Brighton 0-0 Man City

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City get the game started and boot the ball over to the left wing. Brighton nod it into the midfield and press well forcing City to knock the ball back to Stefan Ortega in goal.

Brighton vs Man City

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Here come the teams.

Pep Guardiola has named a strong Manchester City line-up though there are a few changes to the Brighton team. City are the overwhelming favourites to win this one but Brighton have the ability to spring a surprise on the champions.

Kick off is up next.

Brighton vs Man City

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36 goals in 34 top-flight appearances for Erling Haaland is the most by any player in a season since Southampton’s Ron Davies finished with 37 in 1966/67.

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Brighton vs Man City

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Pascal Gross is level alongside Glenn Murray and Neal Maupay as Brighton’s 26-goal all-time Premier League top scorer.

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Brighton vs Man City

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Phil Foden has scored in all four of his Premier League starts versus Brighton. He starts again tonight, will he get another goal?


Brighton vs Man City

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Bernardo Silva is one short of becoming the third Portuguese player to make 200 Premier League appearances, after Luis Boa Morte and Cristiano Ronaldo.


Brighton vs Man City

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Brighton have lost 21 midweek Premier League fixtures since their promotion in 2017, more than any other side.

Teenagers have scored 10 Premier League goals for the club this campaign, one more than the other 19 teams combined.

Brighton vs Man City

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Pep Guardiola’s side have won 25 successive league matches played on a Wednesday since a 2-1 defeat at Leicester City on Boxing Day 2018.

City can keep three consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since December 2021.

Brighton vs Man City

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Brighton are guaranteed to record their highest top-flight finish, surpassing their previous best of ninth last season. They have equalled the club top-flight record for most home wins in a season having also registered 10 in 1980/81.

Man City’s quest for legitimacy is a battle they may never win

19:21 , Mike Jones

A great was considering the question of greatness. A manager who, even by his own definition, has done the exceptional, accepted he is deemed unfulfilled. Pep Guardiola has reached the stage where his Premier League titles feel routine.

In a way, they are: he has five in six seasons. The abnormal has started to appear normal, the extraordinary ordinary. Perhaps the Manchester City manager wanted a greater recognition of the achievement. Or maybe he was reflecting the wider commentary about his reign.

“To be considered one of the greatest in Europe we have to win the Champions League, otherwise people will say our time here is not complete,” he said. “There is a part that sometimes can be unfair for the fact you have to win the Champions League to give credit or value to what we have done. It would not be fair to say it’s not extraordinary what we have done with five Premier Leagues in six. In world football, all managers in the Premier League, the players, sporting directors and clubs, they know how exceptional it is.”

Man City’s quest for legitimacy is a battle they may never win

Brighton vs Man City

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Man City have earned 12 straight league victories since a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest on 18th February.

However, City dropped points in five of their seven Premier League away fixtures this season against the other teams in the top half of the table (won two, drew two, lost three)

Brighton vs Man City

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A win would ensure Manchester City reach 90 points or more in a Premier League season for a record fourth time.


Brighton vs Man City team changes

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Roberto De Zerbi makes four changes to the the Brighton team that defeated Southampton at the weekend. Billy Gilmour, Danny Welbeck, Jan Paul Van Hecke and Facundo Buonanotte all come in to replace Evan Ferguson, Alexis Mac Allister, Lewis Dunk and Joel Veltman.

Pep Guardiola meanwhile makes six changes to the Man City side that beat Chelsea last time out. Stefan Ortega, Kyle Walker, Rico Lewis, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez all keep their places.

Brighton vs Man City line-ups

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Brighton XI: Steele, Gross, Van Hecke, Colwill, Estupinan, Caicedo, Gilmour, Mitoma, Enciso, Buonanotte, Welbeck

Man City XI: Ortega, Walker, Stones, Rodrigo, Lewis, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland

Brighton vs Man City

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Brighton require one point from their final two games to be mathematically sure of a place in next season’s Europa League. Next season they will be the first English club to make their debut in European competition since Hull City in 2014.

Pep Guardiola expecting City’s intensity to drop but warns of challenges to come

18:50 , Mike Jones

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects an inevitable drop off in intensity from his players now the Premier League has been retained but warned them that major challenges still lie in wait.

A fifth title in six years was attained following Arsenal’s defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, which essentially gave City three ‘free’ games until the end of the domestic campaign.

They have already dispensed with Chelsea and Brighton follow on Wednesday before Brentford on the final day, but the bigger picture is the FA Cup final against Manchester United and the Champions League final against Inter Milan.

Pep Guardiola expecting City’s intensity to drop but warns of challenges to come

City allow Haaland to be himself

18:45 , Mike Jones

Fresh off the back of earning a first Premier League winners medal Erling Haaland sat down to speak about his time at Manchester City and how he is adapting to life in the English top flight.

“The environment allows me to be myself every day,” he said, “There are hungry people around me that want to become better every single day and want to help me to become better every single day.

“That is where everything starts from. From Pep, to the physios, to everyone, we want to help each other.

“We want to have a good time together and we want to make every single person in the club better. That is the most important thing.”

Brighton vs Man City

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Manchester City have won 10 of the 11 Premier League meetings between the teams, with the exception being Brighton’s 3-2 home victory in May 2021 after the visitors had already been confirmed as champions.

Is that last result a good sign for Brighton tonight?

Lewis Dunk called up by England

18:35 , Mike Jones

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk has been named in the England squad for their upcoming Euro qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.

The 31-year-old already has one cap to his name when he featured against the USA in November 2018 and his club manager Roberto De Zerbi was full of praise for his efforts this season .

He said, “He deserves to play in the national team. He has developed, he understands football.

“In the first period it was not so easy to understand my idea but he gave me total availability. He doesn’t speak a lot, but he is an example outside of the dressing room and off the pitch. He has to play always.”

Brighton vs Man City

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All four of Brighton and Hove Albion’s wins in their 25 league matches against Manchester City have come at home. Can they add to that tally tonight?


Guardiola wants City to maintain their ‘tone'

18:25 , Mike Jones

With the Premier League title sown up you would be forgiven to think that Manchester City would take it easy over the final two league games.

However, manager Pep Guardiola wants to keep his team’s levels high ahead of the FA Cup and Champions League finals in June.

“It would be better to maintain our tone.” he said, “I’m not talking about win or lose, I want to see that our tone is there.

“We cannot play like we have won [the Premier League]. Against these two teams, if we aren’t ready we will suffer a lot. And after it would be a problem.

“But if we maintain the tone and they beat us, they beat us – it can happen.

“It is understandable because they play against Manchester City, the winners in the last years of the Premier League and they want to show how good they are, that’s normal.

“The target of the Premier League is done. But we cannot drop much otherwise it will be more difficult.”

Roberto De Zerbi: Brighton’s Lewis Dunk has been playing through pain barrier

18:20 , Mike Jones

Roberto De Zerbi revealed Lewis Dunk has played through the pain barrier to aid Brighton’s European quest as he backed his captain for an England recall.

Seagulls centre-back Dunk has been ever-present in the Premier League this campaign but could begin on the bench against champions Manchester City on Wednesday evening due to ongoing calf and back issues.

Albion boss De Zerbi admits the 31-year-old took time to adapt to his high-intensity, possession-based style of play after he replaced Graham Potter in September.

Roberto De Zerbi: Brighton’s Lewis Dunk has been playing through pain barrier

Brighton vs Man City prediction

18:15 , Mike Jones

With Manchester City expected to field a weaker line-up than usual and Brighton in terrific form this match should be a cracker. City will remain incredibly tough to beat but the Seagulls could have enough quality to secure a scoring draw.

Brighton 2-2 Manchester City

Brighton vs Man City predicted line-ups

18:10 , Mike Jones

Brighton XI: Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Gross, Caicedo; Enciso, Mac Allister, Mitoma; Ferguson.

Man City XI: Ortega; Walker, Laporte, Akanji; Lewis, Phillips; Mahrez, Foden, Palmer, Gomez; Alvarez.

What is the early team news?

18:05 , Mike Jones

Brighton were boosted by the return to fitness of Joel Veltman against Southampton, with the Dutchman returning to the starting side at a right-back position that has proved troublesome in recent weeks. Robert Sanchez, displaced in goal byy Jason Steele earlier this season, is not expected to feature again after allegedly refusing to accept a place on the bench.

A host of first-choice Manchester City starters began on the bench against Chelsea, with Pep Guardiola opting to rotate with the title already secured. Guardiola could again give Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and co. a rest ahead of twin trophy tilts still to come this season.

How to watch Brighton vs Man City

18:00 , Mike Jones

Brighton vs Manchester City is due to kick off at 8pm BST on Wednesday 24 May at the Amex Stadium near Brighton.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage from 7pm BST. Subscribers can stream the action via the Sky Go app.

Brighton vs Man City

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Premier League encounter between Brighton and Manchester City.

This is a low stakes affair with both teams having already secured their goals for the season. For Brighton, they’ve earned themselves a place in Europe, most likely the Europa League, and will finish no lower than sixth place after an impressive campaign under boss Roberto De Zerbi.

City meanwhile secured their fifth Premier League title in six years, and third in a row, when Arsenal lost to Nottingham Forest last Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s men celebrated by defeating Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday before collecting their winners medals and lifting the trophy once again.

The City boss has always been full of praise for the way Brighton play their football and will be expecting a tough match tonight. With many of the Seagulls’ bright stars expecting to leave in the summer could a victory over the newly crowned champions be the perfect swansong for De Zerbi’s boys?

We’ll have all the build-up, team news and updates from the Amex Stadium throughout the evening so stick around to see if Brighton can shock Manchester City.