Paul Merson gives his prediction for Brighton v Man City

Paul Merson looks ahead to Man City's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson is backing Manchester City to claim a 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday to successfully defend their Premier League title.

The Citizens head into the final round of games in the top flight campaign knowing that victory over Brighton at The Amex would see them lift the Premier League trophy for the second season running.

Liverpool FC currently trail Pep Guardiola’s men by one point as they look to try and catch the Citizens on the final day of the campaign.

The Reds will host Wolves at Anfield on Sunday as they aim to capitalise on any slip-ups by the defending champions at The Amex.

However, former Arsenal star Merson has admitted that he cannot envisage Manchester City dropping points on Sunday and he is backing them to claim victory and successfully defend their Premier League title.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I just can’t see Man City not winning. Nothing shocks me in football after the Champions League [last] week.

“But when you look at this week, the two teams who came back are very good teams, with very good players.

“Even though it was a miracle, people will say miracles happen, Brighton have a chance – they’re not the same class as the players who did what they did this week.

“They’re grinding results out as well. At the start of the season they were wiping the floor with teams, now they’re not but they’re keeping clean sheets, being hard to beat and nicking goals.

“There was a bit of panic with Man City on Monday – no disrespect but Vincent Kompany’s shot should have gone 50 yards over! But they should be fine.”

Manchester City are aiming to win their fourth major trophy under Guardiola after they won the League Cup earlier this season.

The Citizens also won the League Cup and the Premier League last term under their Spanish coach – and they will take on Watford in the FA Cup final on 18 May.

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