Brighton and Hove Albion secured an incredible 1 – 0 win over Manchester United, with Pascal Gross scoring the game’s only goal, ensuring the teams Premier League position next season. There is no doubt that the side be hoping to carry momentum forward from a very strong performance on Friday. Tomorrow, in their penultimate game of the season, the Seagulls face Manchester’s other half: Manchester City.
With Man City sitting happily at the top of the table, a victory tomorrow for the Seagulls will be no mean feat. However, regardless of tomorrow’s result, or of the result when they meet Liverpool on Sunday, Chris Hughton’s side have had the clubs most successful season since 1982 under their belts.
This campaign 36 years ago, under Mike Bailey, saw the team finish 13th, however the result of the remaining two fixtures could see the Seagulls jump from 14th to 12th which would ensure that the current players would be the highest ever performers for the club, and be the perfect end to a remarkable season.
But can our mighty team defeat Manchester City? They hold a significant advantage being the home team at a ground that some have called their fortress, with their only home defeat being when they met Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in April. Also, sitting comfortably clear of Manchester United, who are in second place, with a 17 point difference, Pep Guardiola’s side will enter tomorrow’s match with confidence. However, on Sunday, when Manchester City met Huddersfield Town, they failed to score for only the second time this season – could this play in the Seagulls favour tomorrow, or will this slight set back encourage Manchester City to return fighting?
Only tomorrow will tell – can Brighton and Hove Albion’s secure another win to lead them forward to the clubs greatest ever Premier League performance? Here’s hoping so.