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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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