City are currently four points behind Liverpool, with two games in hand. After a slow start to the season, Pep Guardiola's side have hauled themselves back into the title picture, and are now firmly in the mix.
Brighton, meanwhile, had to huff and puff for their FA Cup win against lower league opposition in Newport County. They were stuck in a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes before Brighton won the penalty shootout 4-3.
Graham Potter's side are currently 17th in the Premier League, with 14 points from 17 games. Fulham, who are one spot below them, have three points less but also have two games in hand.
Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Head-to-Head
In 24 previous games against Brighton, Manchester City have won 15, while losing only five, and drawing four.
Manchester City form guide: W-W-W-W-W
Brighton and Hove Albion form guide: D-D-L-D-D
Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Team News
Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero, who is in self-isolation after coming in close contact with a COVID-positive patient.
Ederson and Ferran Torres are expected to be available again. However, there remain doubts about both Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake.
Injured: Eric Garcia
Doubtful: Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake,
Unavailable: Ederson Moraes, Ferran Torres, Cole Palmer, Scott Carson
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton will definitely miss Yves Bissouma, who's suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards. In addition, Tarqi Lamptey is still ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana and Aaron Connolly could all miss this game, having already missed the FA Cup game against Newport on Sunday night.
Injured: Tariq Lamptey
Doubtful: Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Connolly
Suspended: Yves Bissouma
Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Predicted XI
Manchester City Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Joao Cancelo; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling
Brighton and Hove Albion Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Robert Sanchez; Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Joel Veltman, Davy Propper, Ben White, Solly March; Leandro Trossard, Alexis Mac Allister; Neal Maupay
Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Prediction
Against a side with the firepower that Manchester City possess, Brighton's style could lead to the visiting defence unravelling.
We are predicting a comfortable Manchester City win in this game.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Brighton and Hove AlbionPublished 12 Jan 2021, 13:50 IST