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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester City at Amex Stadium

Amex Stadium Referee : Graham Scott
11th July 2020 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 0 Brighton and Hove Albion

  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘21' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘44' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘53' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘56' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘81' Raheem Sterling


Commentary By John Edwards


Signing off

That's all from after another brilliant evening watching City in fine free-scoring form.

Can we score five for a third game in a row? We'll find out on Wednesday evening, when Bournemouth visit the Etihad Stadium.

Kick-off is at 18:00 (UK) and you can join us for live coverage from around 16:00.

In the meantime, check out all the post-match reaction and stats from this evening in the posts below.

See you Wednesday! 


Praise for Sterling

Both Pep and Graham Potter have heaped praise on Raheem Sterling after his hat-trick tonight...

Guardiola: "For a long time, he has been getting better. His finishing, his shooting and that's because he trains hard. It's good for us to have him at the end of the season."

Potter: "He’s world class. He’s developed so much since he’s been at Manchester City. Credit to him and everyone at Manchester City for that."


Pep's reaction 💬

"I was pleased with everything tonight - the result and the levels we reached. We are now at a good level and are ready to play the last games of the Premier League and in the Champions League."


Sterling stats 🔢

🔹 Raheem Sterling has scored a career best 27 goals this season.

🔹 Since he joined City, only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have scored more than his four hat-tricks.


Raz reacts 💬

"We were disappointed last week to lose at Southampton. We created chances but couldn’t finish. It's great to bounce back with an away win.

"The problem we’ve had this season is creating a lot of chances and last season we finished them. This season we’ve not had the luck but we’re growing and doing things right."


Stats 📈

🔹 We have won our last two Premier League games by five or more goals. It’s the first time that’s happened since we did so in three consecutive games in September 2017. 

🔹 Raheem Sterling is just the third player in Premier League history to score three or more goals in one game, two of which where headers and the other coming from outside the area. 

🔹 This was the 32nd time we have scored four or more goals in a Premier League game under Pep Guardiola. That’s more than any other team in the competition since the start of the 2016/17 season.

🔹 It was also the 19th time we’ve scored five or more goals in a Premier League game under Pep.

🔹 We have scored 15 Premier League goals from outside the box this season, which is three more than any other team.



Brighton manager, Graham Potter:

"Well beaten by the better team. Manchester City were very good. They’ve got players who can hurt your pretty much everywhere.

"Congratulations to them, they were very good tonight. They deserved to win by the margin they did." 


Live reaction ☝️

Another five goal demolition to dissect!

Paul Dickov and Shaun Wright-Phillips are doing just that in the video above.

Tell us what you thought using #WNRH on Twitter.



Not sure how, but we've scored a fifth and it could be a Raheem Sterling hat-trick.

He collects a David Silva pass, flicks it over Lewis Dunk's head, but is beaten to the ball by a Adam Webster, who tries to nod it back to Mat Ryan in the Brighton goal.

Sterling then falls and the ball hits his head, rolls through the keeper's legs and into the back of the net despite Dan Burn's attempted clearance.

Comedy goal! 😂


Side netting!

Everything but the finish from Riyad Mahrez!

He's released by a wonderful first time pass from David Silva and rounds the keeper and Brighton defender, but fires his effort into the side netting.

Deserved a goal; the pass and the run.


Still here

A misplaced pass from Riyad Mahrez allowed Ederson a rare opportunity to get involved in this game with a sprint out to the corner flag!

Not sure he'll thank the Algerian for that one.


City subs

Pep responds with three changes of his own. No doubt he wants to keep people fresh for what's to come. 

Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne go off and are replaced by Phil Foden, Oleksandr Zinchenko and David Silve, who takes the armband off De Bruyne.

Looks like Raheem Sterling is playing through the middle of the forward line now.


Brighton changes

A triple substitution from Graham Potter.

Martin Montoya, Davy Propper and Aaron Connolly go off, with Tariq Lamptey, Dale Stephens and Neal Maupay replacing them.



Two in quick succession!

Bernardo Silva's the goalscorer but it's all about the effort of Gabriel Jesus.

The Portuguese midfielder has a low drive saved by Mat Ryan, but Jesus follows in for the rebound and nicks the loose ball away from the 'keeper to allow Bernardo to tap into the empty net.

We can't stop scoring!



Raheem Sterling makes it 3-0.

It's a brilliant move from City, who work the ball from left to right, with Sterling losing his marker to nod home Riyad Mahrez' teasing cross from six-yards.

Brilliant ball from the Algerian. 👏


Ahhhhh! 😫

Kevin De Bruyne cracks the woodwork!

The Belgian gets a 20-yard free-kick (which he won) up and over the wall, but he's denied by the post as Mat Ryan can only watch in the Brighton goal.

Desperately unlucky! 👎



Gabriel Jesus gets his goal!

Rodrigo flicks on Kevin De Bruyne's corner to the far post and the Brazilian is unmarked to turn it in at the far post.



Block... again!

A superb turn of pace down the right from Kyle Walker allows him to drill a low centre in, but Adam Webster slides in to send the ball behind for a corner before Gabriel Jesus can get a touch on it.



A rare chance for the visitors as Pascal Gross picks out Leandro Trossard in the area, but he puts too much on his flicked header and it flies over Ederson's crossbar.


Just wide!

Another chance goes begging!

And you would have expected Riyad Mahrez to hit the target.

He curls one just beyond the far post after Gabriel Jesus twists and turns past several Brighton defenders and tees him up.


Off the bar!

Lewis Dunk has got Brighton off the hook there!

Kevin De Bruyne steals the ball of Davy Propper in the left, before feeding Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian fires one at goal, but Dunk gets a leg in the way and the fierce drive crashes against the bar!



Classic De Bruyne

Kevin De Bryune doing what he does best, there.

Riyad Mahrez slips a ball inside to him and without breaking stride he lofts a first time ball over the Brighton defence and onto Gabriel Jesus head.

Perfectly weighted, but the Brazilian heads straight at Mat Ryan.



Gabriel Jesus takes aim from inside the area, but Bernardo makes a last-ditch block to deny the Brazilian.

Plenty of shots and plenty of blocks so far.


Drinks break .

The first period of the first half comes to a close, so a chance to speak to the lads.

'More of the same', I'd guess would be the message. We look very comfortable.

Benjamin Mendy rifled an effort into the side netting just before this break.



It's been coming!

Gabriel Jesus flicks Riyad Mahrez pass into the path of Raheem Sterling, who checks inside and curls the ball into the bottom right corner.

He made it look oh so simple and that's his 25th goal of the season.




Another City attack, another crucial Brighton block.

This time it's Kevin De Bruyne who drills a low cross in from the right, but Lewis Dunk slides in to block it with Gabriel Jesus lurking.

Surely the breakthrough will come soon enough!?



Raheem Sterling cuts the ball back to Benjamin Mendy, who's 20-yard strike is deflected behind for a corner.

Eric Garcia's gets involved in the attacking box this time, but he can't quite connect with the centre.


Standing tall

Another big header from Eric Garcia, as he rises highest to clear Pascal Groß' corner clear.

Solid start from the youngster.


Asking questions

We're getting into it slowly here.

Another spell of possession ends with a City cross. This time it's Bernardo Silva with the delivery, but Yves Bissouma heads it behind for Brighton and the short corner comes to nothing.



First chance for City and Gabriel Jesus might feel he could have done better.

Benjamin Mendy picks him out from the left, but the Brazilian, who'd lost his marker, sends his header wide of the goal.



Riyad Mahrez has just sent Brighton's Bernardo crashing to the floor as he collided with him on one of his dribbles.

Usually his footwork that leaves people on the floor! 


My ball!

No messing from Eric Garcia in dealing with Brighton's first attack there.

He gets across Aaron Connolly to head a cross behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.


Paying respect

Before we get under way, the players observe a minutes' silence in memory of Jack Charlton, who passed away last night. 

He'll be remembered as legendary Leeds United player and Republic of Ireland manager and was a World Cup winner with England.

Rest in peace, Jack.


Five minutes to go!

City are out on the pitch at the AMEX and we're moments away from kick-off.

A reminder of how the two teams are lining up tonight...

CITY | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (c), Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus. 

BRIGHTON |  Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Webster, Bernardo, Bissouma, Mooy, Propper, Gross, Connolly, Trossard. 


Champions League qualification incoming?

Qualify for next season's Champions League as quick as possible has been Pep's message since we returned from lockdown.

He might get his wish tonight. 

Following Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United earlier today, a win would secure our place for next season's competition. 👌


Stat Zone 🔢

Three of our boys could hit a couple of personal milestones this evening:

Raheem Sterling needs one goal to reach 25 for the season. 

If we don’t concede, it will be Ederson’s 50th clean sheet in the Premier League. 

And onto the big one.

If Kevin De Bruyne gets two assists, which, let's be honest, is a real possibility, he will equal Thierry Henry's record of 20 - the highest in a single Premier League season.

Go on, lads! 🙌


'Keep the rhythm'

Results haven't been that great on the road recently, have they? 

We've lost three away games in a row, but Aymeric Laporte thinks tonight is good chance to get back to winning ways...

"At the moment, we have to work in these type of games to keep the rhythm and try to win the games because there are two big competitions coming that are very important.

"Tonight is a good opportunity to win the first game away since we came back. I think we need it too. Hopefully today can be the day."


👍 from Pep

The boss has just conducted his pre-match interview and he was particularly complimentary towards his opposite number...

"The quality of the pressing that Liveprool does nobody can do it but I think Graham [Potter] is building something for the future. 

"They play really good football with courage and responsibility. I always admire these managers, even if they concede they continue to do it. They, of course, have to fix it if they concede but I enjoy watching them. It will be a good game."


Brighton team 📋

XI | Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Webster, Bernardo, Bissouma, Mooy, Propper, Gross, Connolly, Trossard.

SUBS | Button, Lamptey, Duffy, Burn, Stephens, Mac Allister, JahanBakhsh, Maupay, Murray.

Graham Potter makes five changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Liverpool, with top scorer Neal Maupay dropping to the bench. 



XI | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (c), Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.

SUBS | Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Foden, Doyle, Palmer.

Pep’s changed the entire back four as part of six changes to the side that started against Newcastle.

Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy return, as do Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling.

John Stones, Nicolas Otmamendi, Oleksandr Zinchenko, David Silva and Phil Foden all drop to the bench,.

Joao Cancelo and Ilkay Gundogan are absent today as they’re not fully fit.


We're Not Really Here ☝️

Five minutes until team news, which means five minutes until We’re Not Really Here begins.

Paul Dickov and Shaun Wright-Phillips starting matchday the right way! 

Get involved using #WNRH on Twitter. 📱


Bernardo Silva appreciation 👏

Pep’s got a lot of 💙 for Bernardo!

“He is a special player for me. One of the most special players I have had as a manager. He is a guy who doesn’t change his mood if he does or doesn't play. Bernardo is a mature man. He knows exactly what happens. 

"Always he is the same person. That’s why he is in an incredible person to work with. Always I will be grateful I want to help him get back to his best level. If there is one player to help you it is Bernardo. He is the first on the list.”


Brighton ‘need to be perfect’ 💬

Unsurprisingly, the hosts are hoping they can replicate their South Coast neighbours, Southampton, and spring an upset on City today.

But Seagulls midfielder Dale Stephens thinks they’ll need to deliver a complete performance to do so:

“Manchester City are one of the best teams in the league, but Southampton’s result shows what can happen in this division because the quality of all the teams is so high.

“City showed how good they can be when they beat Liverpool 4-0 so we know it’ll be difficult. You need to play the perfect game to beat them.”


The man in the middle

Graham Scott takes charge of today’s game, his 19th in the Premier League this season. He’s issued 55 yellow cards, two red and awarded two penalties.

Scott has refereed us twice this season; the 3-0 win over Aston Villa in October, when Fernandinho was sent off for a second bookable offence, and the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in January.


Early team news 📋

Today’s lineups are due at 19:00 (UK), but here is what we know already.

🔵 It looks positive for City. Pep Guardiola was waiting on an update from his medical staff when he spoke to the media on Friday afternoon, but he did say that everyone apart from Sergio Aguero had trained that morning.

🐦 It’s a similar story for Brighton. Graham Potter has no fresh injury concerns, with only long-term absentee Jose Izquierdo (knee) unavailable. 


Get involved 📱

As always, I (and the We’re Not Really Here team) want to hear your thoughts before during and after the game. Use #WNRH on Twitter to let us know you predictions and to show us your matchday setups from home 

Right, that’s the housekeeping done...

It’s football focused from here on out! 


Live matchday show 📺

Paul Dickov and Shaun Wright-Phillips are the guests on today’s edition of We’re Not Really Here.

Dickov joins presenters Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker in the studio at the Etihad Stadium, whilst Shauny Wright, Wright, Wright will be getting involved via video link.

If you like your pre-match build-up to have a City slant, then tune from 19:00. 

There’ll be a short debrief during half-time, too, whilst five minutes after full-time, the show returns for 30-minutes of live reaction.

And you don’t need to go anywhere else to watch it, simple watch the video at the top of this page when it appears!


👊 M A T C H D A Y 👊

Good evening!

The dust has barely settled on the superb 5-0 win over Newcastle United and we’re getting ready to do it all over again!

Brighton and Hove Albion are today’s opponents as City make the long journey south to the AMEX Stadium, where we sealed the 2018/19 Premier League title on a glorious day 14 months ago.

Another convincing win would be most welcome today.

Kick-off is at 20:00 (UK) and from here on out I’ll be on hand to guide you through all the pre-match build up, in game action and post-match reaction.


Other games that day

  • Watford2
    Newcastle United1
  • Norwich City0
    West Ham United4
  • Liverpool1
  • Sheffield United3
  • Bournemouth0
    Leicester City0
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers0
  • Aston Villa0
    Crystal Palace0
  • Tottenham Hotspur0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 35 +49 93
3 Chelsea 35 +14 60
4 Leicester City 34 +32 59
5 Manchester United 34 +26 58
6 Sheffield United 35 +5 54
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 +8 52
8 Arsenal 34 +8 50
9 Burnley 35 -8 50
10 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +8 49
11 Everton 34 -8 45
12 Southampton 34 -13 44
13 Newcastle United 35 -16 43
14 Crystal Palace 34 -13 42
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 -16 36
16 West Ham United 35 -15 34
17 Watford 35 -21 34
18 Bournemouth 34 -27 28
19 Aston Villa 34 -29 27
20 Norwich City 35 -41 21
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