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PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion – 29/09/2018

Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Date: 29/09/2018

K/O: 3.00pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Referee: Lee Mason

Manchester City entertain Brighton and Hove Albion in a 3pm kick-off  this weekend with the two clubs in contrasting form.

City are unbeaten and free-scoring in domestic competitions, while Brighton haven’t tasted victory in all competitions since defeating Manchester United last month. The Seagulls have gone 2-0 down in each of their last three games, coming back to draw 2-2 in two of them, but fell to defeat at home to Spurs last time out.

City meanwhile dismantled Cardiff last weekend before brushing aside Oxford United in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Team News

Pep Guardiola rested several first team players for the trip to Oxford and faces a number of selection dilemmas after impressive performances from fringe players. Arguably the pick of the bunch was young midfielder Phil Foden, who grabbed his first professional goal late on. Although the youngster performed well at Oxford, Guardiola is expected to bring back Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva to the starting XI.

Riyad Mahrez will press for a starting berth after grabbing two goals last weekend while Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane could both come back into the starting XI after not featuring against Oxford. In defence, the Citizens welcomed back Danilo after a long injury lay-off, but will again be without Benjamin Mendy.

Chris Hughton may name an unchanged lineup for the trip to Manchester, but will face a late call on the fitness of midfielder Dale Stephens. Englishman Stephens was forced off in the first half of last week’s defeat to Spurs yet he may be passed fit to play. If not, Beram Kayal is expected to deputise.



Pascal Gross remains the Seagull’s only certain absentee, with Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo also facing a late fitness test. Jurgen Locadia and Alireza Jahanbakhsh will again be restricted to cameos from the bench, as Chris Hughton is expected to keep faith with the more direct Glenn Murray.

Predicted Starting XI’s

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho, Gundogan, B. Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane

Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Bissouma, March; Murray

Score Prediction: Manchester City 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 1

Brighton will be hoping they can shock Manchester City as they did their city rivals earlier this season but given the sheer amount of goals Manchester City are scoring as well as their attacking abilities, Brighton will have a huge task on their hands this weekend to challenge Guardiola’s side.

Sam Hanys

A miserable Ipswich Town fan.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 32 23 5 4 74
2 Manchester United 32 19 9 4 66
3 Leicester City 31 17 5 9 56
4 West Ham United 32 16 7 9 55
5 Chelsea 31 15 9 7 54
6 Liverpool 32 15 8 9 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 32 14 8 10 50
8 Everton 31 14 7 10 49
9 Arsenal 32 13 7 12 46
10 Leeds United 32 14 4 14 46
11 Aston Villa 30 13 5 12 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 11 8 13 41
13 Crystal Palace 31 10 8 13 38
14 Southampton 31 10 6 15 36
15 Newcastle United 32 9 8 15 35
16 Brighton & Hov… 31 7 12 12 33
17 Burnley 32 8 9 15 33
18 Fulham 33 5 12 16 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 5 9 17 24
20 Sheffield United 32 4 2 26 14

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