In the corresponding fixture last season, City beat the Seagulls 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho while Yaya Toure made his farewell appearance for the blues. City have won all but one off their opening games, while Brighton have won one of their first six.
Saturday’s meeting will be the 16th time they have met in the league, with two FA Cup ties and a League Cup meeting City will want to forget after they lost on penalties.
The two teams first met in August 1979 and City are currently unbeaten at home to the Seagulls. The blues have won six and drawn two of the eight matches played, including last season’s 3-1 home victory which took City past the 100 goals mark.
The blues have won the last four matches at home; 2-1 in 1988, 4-0 in November 1983 and 2-0 in February 1985, while Brighton’s only points at City came courtesy of 1-1 draws in March 1981 and December 1982.
The blues biggest winning margin is still 4-0, achieved in seasons of 1981/82 and 1983/84, while the smallest margin is by one goal, 3-2 in August 1979 and the 2-1 in 1988. City have scored 20 goals in this fixture and conceded just 6 in total.
Tomorrow’s match will be the sixth top flight meeting in Manchester, with the other three coming in the old second division.