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Brighton and Wolves have form to cause upsets

10 May 2019
Lewis Dunk and Raul Jimenez

History and recent results suggest Man City and Liverpool should be wary of their opponents spoiling their day

Manchester City and Liverpool have shown consistent success at the top of the Premier League table but their opponents on Sunday have the form and history to end the two title rivals' winning runs and spoil their hopes of becoming champions. 

Liverpool will be encouraged by Brighton & Hove Albion’s recent resilience as they look for a favour from them against Man City on the south coast.

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Resilient Brighton

Chris Hughton’s side have only conceded three goals in their last four matches, losing just once, despite three of those contests coming against sides currently in the top seven.

Brighton secured a goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers before losing 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur only because of a late 25-yard strike from Christian Eriksen.

A 1-1 draw against Newcastle United was followed by the same result at Arsenal last weekend, spoiling the Gunners' top-four hopes.

Notably, Brighton have lost just one of their last five home matches against Man City in all competitions, although that 2-0 defeat came last season, on the opening weekend.

Hughton was also the last manager to mastermind a victory over City on the final day of a PL season, having triumphed at the Etihad with Norwich City in 2012/13.

Wolves' top-six form

Liverpool have home advantage on the final day but must also be wary of Wolves.

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They have won two of their last three matches at Anfield in all competitions and are the last English team to beat the Reds, in the FA Cup at Molineux in January.

Indeed, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have troubled the top-six clubs all season, only losing three of their 13 matches against them in all competitions and just one of their five PL away trips.

Overall, they have won six times against the present top six, securing league victories over Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United, while beating Liverpool and Man Utd in the FA Cup.

On the road in the league, Wolves have earned 1-1 draws at Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge, while triumphing 3-1 at Spurs.

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