Brighton begin life in the Premier League with a home game against hot title favourites Manchester City.
Man City Team News;
Man City will be without new signing Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan, but will have new signings Kyle Walker, Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Danilo all poised to make their competitive debuts. Pep Guardiola has spent over £133 million on full-backs alone this transfer window; more than Brighton paid for their stadium and training ground put together, stating the financial power of playing in the Premier League.
Last Time Out;
Man City 3-0 West Ham; Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling were all on the score sheet as City closed their pre-season with a comfortable win against the Hammers
Form; L, W, W, W
FACT; City have bought 5 of the 10 most expensive defenders (Walker, Mendy, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi & Eliaquim Mangala)
Brighton Team News;
Brighton will be without Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock, but received a big boost with Solly March declaring himself fit for the match; Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray both played 45 minutes mid-week to boost their pre-season minutes. New signings Davy Propper, Maty Ryan, Izzy Brown, Markus Suttner and Pascal Gross are all expected to make their competitive Albion debuts, but new record signing Jose Izquierdo is unavailable due to work permit issues.
Last Time Out;
Brighton 2-3 Atletico Madrid; Brighton were narrowly beaten by Madrid after pegging the Spanish side back twice. Gross and Steve Sidwell were on the scoresheet for the Seagulls, while Nicolas Gaetan, Fernando Torres and Lucas Hernandez scored for Atleti.
Form; W, W, W, D, D, L
FACT; Brighton have broken their club record transfer amount 3 times this summer thus far.
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - MCFC (24/9/08) – BHAFC won 5-3 on penalties;
Brighton pulled off the shock of the competition back in 2008, after they beat Man City in the 2nd round of the League Cup; a team which consisted of Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Sturridge and Kasper Schmeichel. Murray and Joe Anyinsah scored for Albion, while Gelson Fernandes and Stephen Ireland were on target in the 120 minutes for City. Brighton won 5-3 on penalties.
Brighton have won 5 of the 17 meetings between the 2 sides, while City have secured victory 8 times. Brighton have won the last 2 games between the sides, including the last league game back in 1989. The home side has scored in each of the matches bar 2 games, while 10 of the 13 wins have been via the home team.
Man City Likely Line-Up;
Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Stones, Danilo;
Fernandinho, Yaya Toure;
Sterling, de Bruyne, D.Silva;
Brighton Likely Line-Up;
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;
Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Brown;
Brighton 1-2 Man City