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10 May 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Bruno leads the team out at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion conclude their second season in the Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3pm, and Chris Hughton’s side stand in the way of the reigning champions retaining their title at the Amex Stadium.

Albion’s top-flight status was secured prior to last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates, but the race for the Premier League trophy goes down to the final day, with City and Liverpool hoping to finish on top.

Pep Guardiola’s side sit one point ahead of Liverpool leading into their visit to the south coast, and Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists end their campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Liverpool will be hoping the Seagulls can do them a favour on Sunday afternoon — Klopp’s team need City to drop points at the Amex to have any chance of winning their first league title in 29 years.

Albion can still climb one place and end the season in 16th position, but Hughton’s team will need to beat the Citizens and hope Southampton lose at home to Huddersfield Town.

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Sunday's match will be Bruno's final game for the club, after the Albion skipper announced his decision to retire after this weekend's match on the south coast.

The full-back has started five of Albion's previous seven matches in the Premier League, and he will be hoping to retain his place for one last performance, which will bring an end to his seven-season playing spell at the club.

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Hughton confirmed that Davy Propper (hamstring) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) will both Sunday’s match against City due to injury.

Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (achilles) are all expected to be unavailable for the visitors, while Fernandinho (knee) is a doubt but could return.

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Albion have reacted well to a poor run of results towards the beginning of April, with Hughton’s side taking points from games against Wolves, Newcastle United and Arsenal in recent weeks.

The Seagulls battled towards a goalless draw at Molineux and almost held out for a draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a few days later, but Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute strike broke Albion’s resolve.

Pascal Gross headed home to equalise against Newcastle at the Amex, before Glenn Murray’s penalty sealed a well-deserved point against the Gunners on a weekend where Albion’s Premier League status was clinched.

City have won 13 consecutive matches in the Premier League to remain ahead of Liverpool going into the final day of the season.

Three of their previous four victories have been 1-0 scorelines, all of which followed their Champions League exit to Tottenham Hotspur, despite winning 4-3 against the north London club in the second leg.

In their most recent game, Vincent Kompany powered home a stunning 25-yard effort into the top corner to clinch a 1-0 victory over Leicster City on home soil, when it looked like the hosts may struggle to break down the Foxes' defence.


After City sealed a 2-0 home victory over the Seagulls at the Etihad Stadium back in September, the sides met again after reaching the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net after just four minutes to give Guardiola’s team the lead, and despite many thinking their advantage would be extended, Albion produced an eye-catching reaction to their early setback.

It looked as if Glenn Murray would poke home from a couple of yards to level the scores in the second half, but Aymeric Laporte scooped the ball over the crossbar just before the Albion striker could make contact.

Albion pressed for an equaliser and restricted City to few chances, but time ran out on Hughton’s side and the Manchester outfit progressed to the final despite a spirited display from the Seagulls.


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Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Bissouma, Gross (Kayal 90+2); Jahanbakhsh (Knockaert 46), Murray (Andone 78), March.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, Locadia.

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Man City line-up: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; Foden (Sane 56), Gundogan, D.Silva (Stone 90+1); B.Silva, Aguero (Jesus 87), Sterling.

Subs not used: Muric (GK), Danilo, Otamendi, Mahrez.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Raheem Sterling

The winger has found the back of the net 23 times this season, while also providing 17 assists for his team-mates across all competitions, as City won the Carabao Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Only Aguero, City’s all-time record goalscorer, has struck more times for the Citizens this season, but Sterling has England team-mate and Spurs striker Harry Kane for company on 17 Premier League goals.

The 24-year-old scored and claimed an assist when City welcomed the Seagulls to the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, before playing the full 90 minutes in last month’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Sterling has also been in fine goalscoring form for England since returning from last summer’s World Cup in Russia — he scored twice as Gareth Southgate’s team beat Spain 3-2 away from home.

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