On Saturday afternoon, Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions, will be looking to bounce back from their recent defeats when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens are determined to avoid a third consecutive loss in the top flight for the first time since 2016, while the Seagulls are hoping to end their four-game winless run in all competitions.
Despite experiencing a dip in form over the past month, winning only one of their last five matches in all competitions, Brighton has shown resilience in their recent games against Marseille and Liverpool in the Europa League and Premier League respectively. The Seagulls managed to rescue 2-2 draws in both games, with their captain Lewis Dunk scoring a crucial equalizer against Liverpool.
Although Brighton has received praise for their impressive performances in possession, their defensive weaknesses have been evident this season, as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their 11 games across all tournaments. However, they have already claimed maximum points in Manchester this season, securing a 3-1 victory against Manchester United in September.
Brighton, who currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, have only beaten Man City once in a league fixture, but they will be motivated to claim another victory this weekend, which would help them climb above Guardiola’s side in third place.
Manchester City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – lineups
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Alvarez, Grealish; Haaland
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Webster, March; Baleba, Gross; Adingra, Pedro, Mitoma; Ferguson