- Odds for Manchester City’s match versus Brighton & Hove Albion favor Man City despite reduced playing time and rest for many of City’s best players.
- Betting on Brighton is the best bet for the game with +295 odds because of that rest and Brighton’s ability to clinch a spot in the Europa League.
BRIGHTON - Brighton & Hove Albion host Manchester City on Wednesday with odds makers showing little regard for each squad's positioning status for the Champion's League and Europa League.
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion Odds
- Manchester City: -125 Moneyline and -0.5, -1 (-102) Spread
- Brighton & Hove Albion: +295 Moneyline and +0.5, +1 (-118) Spread
- Draw: +320
- Total: Over 3, 3.5 (+100)/ Under 3, 3.5 (-120)
Specifically, bettors can get an edge at USA online sportsbooks when taking Brighton to either outright win (+295) or play Man City to a draw (+320) given that City has already locked up their spot in the Champions League and may be motivated to rest many of their best players.
Betting on Brighton over Manchester City
Rumors surrounding Manchester City resting key players have suggested that players such as Manuel Akanji, Rodri, and Nathan Ake will sit out this meaningless match for City, with star goal scorer Erling Haaland also seeing reduced minutes.
Those losses to Manchester City's starting eleven are likely enough on their own to consider betting on Brighton & Hove Albion to at least tie the Champions League stalwarts, but given Brighton's reason for playing, they may even be a good bet outright at online soccer sportsbooks.
Brighton is coming off a 2021/22 campaign that saw them finish 9th in the English Premier League and miss out on any meaningful positions that are available for the top seven finishers.
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In 2022/23, they can guarantee themselves a sixth-place finish at worst with a victory over Manchester City and a ticket to the Europa League.
Brighton is already likely to advance to the Europa League given their position in sixth place and +16 goal advantage over seventh place Aston Villa, but given last year's finish and Manchester City's secure position, Brighton & Hove Albion is the best bet to win on Wednesday with +295 odds and ensure their place in the Europa League.