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Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion, 2017 Premier League: Players to Watch

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The Premier League has finally returned, and Manchester City will make their debut tomorrow night when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton, who are also known as the Seagulls, are about to enter their first Premier League campaign in club history. After the club was saved from liquidation, they have toiled around the Championship and League One and finally reached promotion last season under manager Chris Hughton.

City, on the other hand, are looking for the Premier League title with Pep Guardiola after he spent over £200 million in transfers this summer. A win at The Amex would be a great start for the Citizens’ season.

However, the task won’t be easy as Brighton will look to put up a challenge with home crowd advantage. Here are a few players to watch from both teams.

Matthew Ryan

After spending time at Valencia as a backup keeper, Ryan was loaned out to Genk during the second half of last season. The Australian keeper is set to make his debut in the Premier League after Brighton secured his signature at the start of the transfer window. Look for Ryan’s performance in net to be a key factor in the match’s outcome, as the City attack is no joke.

Éderson

Another goalkeeper, but this time it’s for City. Éderson will make his PL debut after City signed him from Benfica as the most expensive goalkeeper in history. After all of City’s problems in goal last season, Guardiola made sure to sign the right man for the job.

The Brazilian keeper became a starter for Benfica last season and was perhaps the best goalkeeper in the Champions League. Éderson will hope to start his City career with a clean sheet on Saturday afternoon.

Glenn Murray

Murray has become Brighton’s front man after he spent a few months in Bournemouth’s reserves and was loaned out to the Seagulls during their fight for promotion in January. Murray holds the record for most goals scored in a season in the Championship, which he set with Crystal Palace in 2012-13 with 30 goals.

The English striker previously played for the Seagulls from 2007 to 2011, so the Amex is a familiar place for Murray. After making his name in the Championship, Murray will hope to make his mark with the Seagulls in the Premier League with a goal against City.

Danilo

With Benjamin Mendy still dealing with a calf injury, Danilo is set to make his City debut at left-back against Brighton. After he left Porto in 2015 to play for Real Madrid, Danilo has made 47 appearances for the Spanish club.

The Brazilian full-back has received praise for his performances in preseason for City, but his poor career in Madrid still creates doubts about his ability to thrive in the Premier League. If he starts against Brighton as expected, he’ll be looking to prove the doubters wrong.