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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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