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PREVIEW: MANCHESTER CITY V ALBION

27 September 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls will be looking to cause an upset against Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the Premier League last season and currently occupy second position behind Liverpool.

Chris Hughton’s side are without victory since their 3-2 win over City’s neighbours, Manchester United, at the Amex Stadium back in August.

Guardiola’s team have dropped just two points in their opening six Premier League matches, with their latest victory coming against Cardiff City, as they won 5-0 in Wales.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton revealed in his pre-match press conference that the game will come too soon for Dale Stephens (hamstring), while Pascal Gross (ankle) is also ruled out.

Florin Andone is available for selection, and may be involved in the squad.

City will be without key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for Albion's visit north, as the Belgian continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained earlier this season.

Benjamin Mendy is an injury doubt for the hosts, while goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remains sidelined.


FORM:

The Seagulls were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur in their last fixture. Anthony Knockaert’s stoppage-time strike halved the deficit after goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela put the visitors ahead.

Hughton’s team had previously drawn back-to-back games against Fulham and Southampton, with Albion coming back from 2-0 down to claim a point on both occasions.

The Seagulls claimed their only victory of the season against Manchester United at the Amex last month, and it was a memorable game as Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross fired home in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

City opened the campaign with back-to-back wins against Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, before a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, which saw them drop their only points so far.

Newcastle United, Fulham and Cardiff have since been swept aside by Guardiola’s team, but the Citizens lost their opening game in the Champions League, as Lyon won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

A comfortable 3-0 victory was secured over Oxford United on their last outing, as goals from Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden secured progression in the Carabao Cup.

LAST TIME WE MET:

With the Premier League trophy already wrapped up for City, and Albion’s top-flight status secured for another season, Hughton’s side visited the Etihad Stadium for a match towards the end of the 2017/18 season.

Danilo opened the scoring for the hosts, before Leonardo Ulloa headed an equaliser for the Seagulls, but goals from Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho ensured maximum points would go to the champions.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
Knockaert 90+3

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
Kane 42 pen
Lamela 76

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens (Kayal 21), Propper, Bissouma (Locadia 79); Knockaert, Murray, March (Jahanbakhsh 73).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Bernardo, Andone.




LAST TIME OUT: MANCHESTER CITY

OXFORD UNITED 0

MANCHESTER CITY 3
Jesus 36
Mahrez 78
Foden 90+2

Manchester City line-up: Muric; Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Stones; Mahrez (Garcia 86), Foden, D.Silva (Gundogan 63), Diaz (Sterling 55); Jesus.

Subs not used: Moraes; Laporte, Walker, Sane.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Raheem Sterling

The former Liverpool man made an impressive contribution towards City’s 2017/18 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 since arriving at the Etihad Stadium.

The winger has already fired three goals this season, as he found the back of the net in victories over Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham, while also providing an assist against Cardiff.

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Match Reports

REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 2 ALBION 0

29 September 2018

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Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert battles for the ball at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Manchester City beat Albion 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium
  • Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero on target for City
  • The Seagulls are next in action against West Ham United on Friday
  • Albion sit 14th in the table with five points from seven games
Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to their fourth Premier League defeat of the season after a 2-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
 
Albion put in an encouraging display against the reigning champions, but a goal in each half from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero gave the hosts a relatively comfortable victory.
 
Chris Hughton made one change to the side that lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur a week ago, with Jurgen Locadia replacing Glenn Murray to make his first start of the season.
 
Albion took the game to City from the kick-off, as Yves Bissouma picked out Anthony Knockaert on the right flank, and the Frenchman won a corner that Ederson claimed comfortably.
 
But City showed their quick movement in and around the Albion box which resulted in a pass towards Aguero, whose acrobatic attempt was blocked.
 
Albion still managed to venture forward in a lively opening five minutes when Knockaert’s attempt was blocked from Gaetan Bong’s cross, before Shane Duffy headed over from the resulting corner.
 
Maty Ryan then had to be alert to tip away David Silva’s seemingly innocuous ball towards goal that nearly crept inside of the post.
 
Aguero attempted the speculative once again with another overhead effort, this time from Sterling’s cross, but the Argentine couldn’t divert his attempt towards goal.
 
Leroy Sane continued to look lively down the left flank and sought to make an impact from a central position, only to see his long-range strike go straight at Ryan.
 
But the breakthrough for the hosts came with 29 minutes on the clock courtesy of Sterling, as Sane raced down the left flank and picked out the England winger to slide home his effort at the far post.
 
Buoyed by breaking the deadlock ,City pressed forward again through Bernardo Silva, but the midfielder’s effort went wide of Ryan’s left-hand post.
 
Oleksandr Zinchenko was next to try his luck for the hosts, but was thwarted thanks to Duffy’s fine block.
 
Hughton’s men had to ride out a spell of pressure towards the end of the first half, as Ryan made two smart stops to keep out shots from Sterling and Fernandinho.
 
The half ended with an Albion chance though, as Solly March did well to beat Kyle Walker down the left flank and tee up Knockaert, but the Frenchman’s effort was blocked.
 
Aguero and Walker both had early chances following the re-start, but neither could divert their attempts on target in a cagey beginning to the second half.
 
Somehow the deficit remained at one just moments later when Lewis Dunk made a tremendous block to thwart Aguero, before Ryan did well to keep out David Silva’s looping drive.
 
Aguero wasn’t to be denied in the 65th minute, as he eluded the challenges of Dunk and Propper to play a one-two with Sterling and slot the ball in past Ryan to double City’s lead.
 
It turned out to be the Argentine’s departing action before being replaced by Gabriel Jesus.
 
Murray, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo were all introduced in the final 20 minutes to give the Seagulls fresh impetus, but the hosts saw out the closing stages to secure a 2-0 win.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Bissouma, Kayal; Knockaert (Jahanbakhsh 79), Locadia (Murray 73), March (Izquierdo 83).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bruno, Bernardo, Balogun.

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Ticket News

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AHEAD OF MANCHESTER CITY MATCH

28 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Etihad Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion fans are advised of the following important information issued by Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium, kick-off 3pm.
 
Albion fans are advised to arrive at the ground no later than 60 minutes prior to kick-off.
 
Man City’s visiting supporter guide is available here, with the key points highlighted below;
 
SECURITY
 
Please note that bags are not allowed in the visiting section of the stadium, and there is no storage facility available. Should a supporter need to bring medicines or specific food for dietary requirements, the Manchester City Supporter Services Team on +44 (0)161 444 1894 (option 1).
 
With safety and security measures of paramount importance we ask supporters to:
 
  • Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
  • If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
  • In an emergency, listen to the Public-Address instructions and follow them
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Do not place yourself in danger by filming events on mobile devices
  • Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
  • Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for news updates on the situation
TRAVELLING TO THE STADIUM
 
The stadium postcode for satellite navigation is M11 3FF.
 
Major road works are currently taking place on the Manchester Salford Inner Relief Road, the highway will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one. There will also be an overnight closure on the M60 between junctions 10 and 12 clockwise. Please allow extra time and plan your journey in advance.
 
Click here for further information on the Etihad Campus Metrolink and buses that alight immediately outside the Etihad Stadium along with car park details. Coach and minibus parking at the stadium is free of charge. For directions and stadium maps please click here.

Pubs in the local vicinity of the stadium are generally used by home supporters. Manchester City ask for your co-operation both in and around the local community and that you are respectful of the surrounding residential areas.  Drinking is not allowed in public areas across Greater Manchester. 

Greater Manchester Police will be in the city centre and around the stadium throughout the day to assist with any questions or to provide directions around the city centre.  Any visiting supporters without a valid match ticket are advised not to travel, or if you do, please remain in Manchester city centre to watch the match.

SUPPORTER MEETING POINT
 
There is no official visitor’s supporter meeting point in Manchester city centre, however the National Football Museum welcomes all football supporters to experience the world’s greatest football collection - over 140,000 items - including the FIFA Collection.  There is a café and it is adjacent to many other restaurants and bars for your enjoyment. 
 
VISITING SUPPORTER TICKET OFFICE
 
The South Stand Ticket Office will open 90-minutes prior to kick-off.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (over 18) when attending a match at the Etihad Stadium. You are advised to carry photo ID to prevent any issues entering the stadium. 
 
It is important that you have purchased, and are in possession of, the correct ticket and that it is activated to allow you access into the stadium.  Failure to be in possession of the correct ticket may result in the payment of an upgrade fee or in some circumstances; you may not be able to enter the stadium. Manchester City accepts no liability for tickets purchased through unofficial channels.
 
Manchester City’s Event Supporter Services Team will be located outside the visitor’s end.  They will endeavour to resolve your issue at this point but there may be occasions where you will be directed to the South Stand Ticket Office.
 
VISITING SUPPORTER STADIUM ACCESS
 
To ensure that you enter the stadium via the correct entrances. There will be ticket and security checks upon arrival.  Depending on seat location, use the following entrances;
 
  • Entrance L1 is for visiting supporters located on Level 1
  • Entrance L2 is for visiting supporters located on Level 2
  • Entrance L3 is for visiting supporters located on Level 3

Access information for disabled supporters is available at mancity.com/access

FLAGS ON LEVEL 2
 
An LED display is installed on the second tier of the Etihad Stadium to enhance the matchday experience for fans inside the stadium.  This means it is not possible to hang flags over Level 2.
 
CODE OF CONDUCT: RESPECT THE BADGE
 
If you ever witness crime, vandalism, violence, drugs, the use of smoke bombs and pyrotechnics or abusive behaviour from home or visiting supporters, inside or outside the Etihad Stadium, make contact with a steward as soon as you can and report your concerns.  Visiting supporters must be seated in the visitors section of the stadium, all other areas are for home supporters only. Persistent standing is not allowed during the match and you are asked to remain in their designated block at full time until leaving the stadium. The pitch area should not be entered at any time
 
AFTER THE MATCH – METROLINK ACCESS
 
Due to external segregation after the match, you will not be able to turn left towards the Etihad Campus Metrolink stop. You will be directed around the stadium. Both Holt Town and Velopark stops - the Metrolink stations on either side of the Etihad Campus - will not be operational for at least an hour after each match. The consumption of alcohol is not permitted on Metrolink trams. 
 
To keep up to date with the latest Etihad Stadium matchday information, follow @ManCityHelp.  You can call the Manchester City Supporter Services Team on +44 (0)161 444 1894 (option 1).

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