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Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Premier League Matchday 7: Team News, Preview and Prediction

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The Blues Host the Seagulls on Saturday

Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Competition/Round: 2018/19 English Premier League Season – Matchday 7

Date/Time: Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Saturday, 29 September 2018, 15:00 (UK & Nigeria); 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST (USA); 19:00 IST (India)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Match Officials:

Referee: Lee Mason

Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Mick McDonough

Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

TV Info: NBCSN (USA)

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live (USA)

Radio: BBC Radio Manchester (UK); TalkSport Radio World (USA)

Preview:

Manchester City comfortably defeated Oxford United in the third round of the Carabao Cup in midweek, and after a strong performance in the cup competition, the Blues will shift their focus to the English Premier League. The current champions have won five of their opening six matches this season, and they will look to keep pace with current-league leaders Liverpool over the weekend. City’s next opponent is Brighton & Hove Albion, who currently sit in thirteenth place in the table.

After surviving their first season in the English Premier League, the Seagulls have had a difficult start to the 2018/19 EPL season. Aside from an impressive victory over Manchester United, the Seagulls have only collected one win in their opening six matches. In other words, the club from Falmer must travel to the Etihad Stadium, where they will face England’s current champions. The visitors could not have asked for a more difficult fixture.

Team News:

Manchester City are still without Kevin De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy, who are all sidelined with injury.

Brighton will be without Pascal Gross for this match. An interesting development has occurred off the field, however. Brighton recently announced that Dan Ashworth has been appointed as the club’s new technical director. The former English Football Association Technical Director will assume his new position with the Seagulls in the spring of 2019.

Possible Lineups:

Manchester City

Formation: 4-3-3

Ederson; Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; B. Silva, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Brighton & Hove Albion

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Konckaert, Pröpper, Stephens, March; Bissouma; Murray

Manager: Chris Hughton

Prediction:

Despite their unexpected loss against Olympique Lyonnais and the draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Blues have had a dominant start to the season. Over the span of nine matches in all competitions, the Blues have scored 25 goals whilst only conceding five. Moreover, they have kept five clean sheets in nine matches.

In contrast, the Seagulls have scored eight goals in seven matches and have conceded on 12 occasions. Moreover, they were recently knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton in the competition’s second round. Most importantly, Brighton have only collected five points out of six matches. Thus, the start of their 2018/19 EPL campaign has been less than ideal.

Given these statistics, it is expected the Blues will win this match by a comfortable score. The hosts have simply been remarkable and it is hard to see anything other than a home victory in this match.

Manchester City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion