Build-Up To The New Season – Manchester City

Team: Manchester City

Nickname: The Citizens

Founded: 1880

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Stadium Name: Etihad Stadium

Stadium Capacity: 55,097

Major Honours: (4) First Division, (7) Second Division, (5) F.A Cup, (4) League Cup, (4) Community Shield

Main Rivals: Manchester United

Biggest Win v Brighton: 5-1 (February 1924)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 4-0 (January 1983)

Last Meeting: Brighton 2-2 Manchester City (24/9/08) – Brighton won 5-3 on penalties

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 12th August (AMEX Stadium), Saturday 17th March (Etihad Stadium)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Ederson

Defender: Kyle Walker

Midfielder: Kevin de Bruyne

Striker: Sergio Aguero

 

With Guardiola coming to take charge of Man City, there was an excitement around the club that he could be the one to win back the Premier League title, as well as get a step closer to the Champions League title. After a super start to the season, winning their first 6, they then found themselves winning only 3 in their next 9 dropping them from 1st to 4th. 8 wins from their next 11 saw them back within a shout of 1st, but with Chelsea pulling away and games running out, City faults red towards the end and could only settle for 3rd place, and had to qualify for the Champions League on the last day, needing a win to ensure they qualified. With wholesale changes this summer already, anything but the title is failure.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 3rd

Predicted Finish; 1st

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