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Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

5th April 2019, 16:13 by Chris Rivers

Manchester City's quest for the quadruple continues on Saturday when they face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

The Citizens arrive at the national stadium having hit their stride since the turn of the year, winning 12 of their last 13 matches, while the other clash in that sequence saw them beat Chelsea on penalties in the final of the Carabao Cup.

City have also scored at least twice in 10 of those games, including last time out when they moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Wednesday.

Their record in FA Cup semi-finals also makes for grim reading for Brighton fans, the Etihad Stadium outfit progressing to the showpiece in 10 of their 13 last-four appearances.

Pep Guardiola might make changes for Saturday's clash given City's busy April schedule and could hand a recall to Sergio Aguero, the Spanish tactician confirming his top goalscorer will travel to London with the rest of the squad having sat out the win over Cardiff.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is a doubt after he limped out of the game against the Bluebirds and Guardiola has a decision to make over whether to start Benjamin Mendy or Danilo at left-back should the Ukranian fail a late fitness test.

Brighton return to the capital having been beaten by Chelsea 3-0 in midweek, a result which keeps them firmly entrenched in the relegation battle in the Premier League.

They can put that concern to one side for this week at least as they bid to reach the FA Cup final for only the second time in their history.

Everything seems stacked against the south-coast outfit, though, having not won on their last four trips to Wembley, while they've lost all three previous Premier League clashes against City.

They also have a major injury concern ahead of the game, with Jurgen Locadia and Solly March both doubts.

Locadia was ruled out of the game at Chelsea by a slight calf injury and he will be checked on Friday, while March is struggling with his own calf problem. Pascal Gross is still sidelined and has not played for Brighton since the end of February.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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