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PREVIEW: MANCHESTER CITY V ALBION

7 May 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their first visit to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening, when Chris Hughton’s team come up against Premier League champions Manchester City, kick-off 8pm.

The Seagulls secured their Premier League survival with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Friday evening, and will now face Pep Guardiola’s side before travelling to Liverpool on Sunday.

A second-half header from Pascal Gross sealed all three points for Albion, as the German bagged his seventh goal of the season at the Amex Stadium.

City head into the match after drawing 0-0 with Huddersfield Town at the Etihad on Sunday, but Guardiola’s team secured the Premier League trophy a few weeks back, after an outstanding season.


TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday night’s game at the Etihad.

Vincent Kompany is a doubt for City, while Sergio Aguero is expected to miss out with a knee injury.



REVERSE FIXTURE:

City visited the Amex for Albion’s first game in the Premier League on the opening weekend of the season - and Guardiola’s side secured a 2-0 victory after Albion frustrated their opponents for 70 minutes.

Sergio Aguero fired the opening goal to put City in front with 20 minutes remaining, before Lewis Dunk’s own goal doubled their advantage, to conclude a tough introduction to Premier League football for the Seagulls.


FORM:

The Seagulls are three matches unbeaten in the Premier League, as they took five points from those games to guarantee their place in the Premier League for next season.

Albion bounced back from a 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex, before the Seagulls held Burnley to a goalless draw at Turf Moor.

Hughton’s men then caused a shock at the Amex, when a Pascal Gross header beat David de Gea to seal a 1-0 victory and spark jubilant celebrations at the full-time whistle versus Manchester United.

City have taken ten points from a possible 12 in the Premier League after losing 3-2 to Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium last month.

Guardiola’s team beat Spurs 3-1 at Wembley Stadium before sealing an emphatic 5-0 win against Swansea City and then beating West Ham 4-1 at the London Stadium.

City were unable to find the back of the net when Huddersfield visited the north west over the weekend - as David Wagner’s side battled their way to a share of the spoils.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
Gross 57

MANCHESTER UNITED 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 88); Gross (Kayal 84); Murray (Ulloa 90+3).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Locadia.


LAST TIME OUT: MANCHESTER CITY



MANCHESTER CITY 0

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0

Manchester City line-up: Moraes; Walker, Stones (B.Silva 73), Otamendi, Delph (Mendy 57); De Bruyne (Gundogan 67), Roza, D.Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sane.

Subs not used: Bravo (GK), Laporte, Toure, Foden.




ONE TO WATCH: Raheem Sterling

The former Liverpool man has made an impressive contribution towards City’s title-winning season - scoring 18 goals in the Premier League while laying on 15 assists for his team-mates.

Sterling’s pace and trickery down the flank for Guardiola’s team has proved problematic for a number of opponents this season - the winger claimed three assists against West Ham United in their 4-1 win last month.

City have won 15 of the 16 Premier League games that Sterling has scored in this season, and the 23-year-old also hit the back of the net four times in eight Champions League appearances.

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Match Reports

REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 3 ALBION 1

9 May 2018

Bennett Dean
Leonardo Ulloa in action at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Leonardo Ulloa nets first Premier League goal for the club
  • Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho score for the home side
  • Seagulls stay 14th in the Premier League
  • Albion travel to Liverpool on Sunday in their final game of the season

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Leonardo Ulloa netted his first Premier League goal for the club either side of strikes from Danilo and Bernardo Silva in the opening period, before Fernandinho added to the advantage in the second half to seal the win for the champions. 

Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat Manchester United so impressively on Friday night at the Amex Stadium, with Ulloa coming into the side for Glenn Murray in attack.

The game began with the home team in the ascendency, and Shane Duffy was involved in the game’s first meaningful action when he did superbly to block an effort from Ilkay Gundogan, as the midfielder met a cutback from the byline with ten minutes on the clock. 

A minute later and Albion fashioned their first chance of the evening, as Anthony Knockaert got on the end of Ulloa’s clever knockdown and flashed a shot wide of Claudio Bravo’s near post.

But it was the home side who took the lead after 14 minutes courtesy of Danilo.

Leroy Sane picked up possession in the centre of the field and drove the home side forward, and the Brazilian full-back made no mistake as he slotted past Mathew Ryan and put the hosts ahead. 

Nevertheless, Hughton’s men were soon back on level terms courtesy of Ulloa. 

Davy Propper made an intelligent run from deep and rounded Bravo, before the Dutch midfielder stood the ball up to the far post and the Argentine beat two defenders to the ball and nodded the visitors back into the contest. 

Gabriel Jesus hit the side netting just before the half-hour mark, having been played in by Yaya Toure, before Bruno got forward well at the opposite end and flashed a ball across the face of goal, but there was no yellow shirt to meet it in the middle. 

In an end-to-end contest the hosts retook the lead ten minutes before the break through Silva. 

The dangerous Sane got to the edge of the area and crossed to the back post to allow the Portuguese midfielder to fire a shot into the bottom corner and beyond Ryan to restore the home side’s advantage. 

The Australian keeper was then off his line well to beat Silva to the ball just before the interval, but that was the last action of an entertaining half as the home side went in ahead.

Lewis Dunk and Bruno both made vital interceptions after the restart, as the hosts began the second period on top, before Fernandinho’s shot from range was saved and cleared by Ryan. 

Albion’s first chance of the half came on 58 minutes, as Knockaert couldn’t make the most of a glorious opening after Pascal Gross had driven Albion forward and laid it into the Frenchman on the right-hand side. 

Jose Izquierdo delivered a teasing cross into the area from the cutback, and after Danilo hacked at the clearance, Knockaert fired over from the edge of the six-yard box. 

As the game entered the final half an hour Danilo’s speculative volley sailed well over the crossbar, before Bruno’s stylish switch to Gross ended with the German’s equally eye-catching volleyed cross being hacked clear by the home defence.

Stephens’ lofted through-ball was cut out by Danilo just as Izquierdo looked to have found space on the left-hand side, before City restored their two-goal advantage on 72 minutes.

Sane latched onto a short corner and laid the ball back for Fernandinho to calmly slide the ball into the net.

Hughton made a double switch and introduced Beram Kayal and Jurgen Locadia for Gross and goalscorer Ulloa soon after, and Solly March replaced Izquierdo with 10 minutes left on the clock. 

Ryan held Toure’s strike from inside the area and Stephens did well to block substitute Brahim Diaz’s effort from the edge of the area in the final stages of the game. 

Danilo cracked a free-kick against the crossbar with one minute of normal time remaining, but that was to be the last of the action for the evening and Albion travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in their final game of the 2017/18 campaign. 

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 79), Gross (Kayal 73); Ulloa (Locadia 73). 

Subs not used: Krul, Schelotto, Goldson, Murray. 

Manchester City line-up: Bravo; Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko (Mendy 76); Toure © (Nmecha 86), Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sane; Jesus (Diaz 83).

Subs not used: Ederson, De Bruyne, Adarabioyo, Foden.

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Ticket News

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT ETIHAD STADIUM TONIGHT

9 May 2018

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The Etihad Stadium.

A limited number of tickets can be purchased from the Etihad Stadium this evening for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League meeting with Manchester City, kick-off 8pm.

The Seagulls come up against Pep Guardiola’s side in their penultimate game of the season, and supporters will be able to purchase the limited number of tickets from the South Stand ticket office at the Etihad.

Prices for tonight’s game are as follows:

Adults (22-64) £30
Senior (65+) £20
Ages 18-21 £20
Junior (Under 18) £15

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