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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester City at Amex Stadium

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Amex Stadium Referee : Kevin Friend
23rd October 2021 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Brighton and Hove Albion

    • ‘81' Alexis Mac Allister (Pen)
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘13' Ilkay Gündogan
    • ‘28' Phil Foden
    • ‘31' Phil Foden
    • ‘90'+5' Riyad Mahrez

#mancity

Commentary By John Edwards

20:20

Signing off 👋

Thank you for joining me for today's game, but that's all from me this evening.

A brilliant first half display paved the way for a comfortable victory at the AMEX, despite Brighton's much improved display after the break and you can check out all the match stats and reaction below. 

Up next is a trip to West Ham United for a Carabao Cup fourth round tie on Wednesday night and you can follow all the action on our Matchday Centre.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Blues!

20:11

Press conference time

Right, Pep Guardiola is in position for his post-match press conference and, unsurprisingly after that performance, there are plenty of questions on Phil Foden.

Here's the manager's verdict on the youngster's performance and best position.

"Some players play in one position, some play football. Phil in dropped positions is maybe more dangerous because he is so young, but he has the quality to play in the final third. 

"He can play striker, false nine, winger right and left. In the last games he has many chances and in front of keeper didn't take right decisions because is young but more than pleased with the performances he has given."

20:04

Pep Guardiola: Second half a good lesson

Here's the boss' assessment from his interview with Sky Sports.

"It was really good [the first half]. We know exactly which team we faced today. Not just for the results, because they way they play is quite similar to last season. The difference is this season they are more effective. 

"It’s a good lesson for us. For half an hour of the second half they were better than us. This game must be played with the ball and when you don’t  have it anything can happen. 

"We suffered and for the future it will be good. It doesn’t matter the circumstances, we have to play. First half, the first 10 mins of the second and and the last five mins that what we have done. The middle for he season half they were better. They played with a diamond, we didn’t adjust as quick as poss. It is a huge victory for us." 

19:57

Graham Potter: City were the better team

"They put you under huge pressure. It is not easy to create chances or to find ways through them. I thought the guys were brave, they tried, but you have to credit the opponent as well.

"You try and press them to stop it happening and then you drop deep and there is space in front of you and you don’t see the ball for 20 minutes. They are a team that can attack you in all sorts of areas. We tried. We’ll take something from the game going forward. Clearly we are not competing with City in terms of our league position. 

"All we can do is accept they were the better team today and look our second half performance and we have got a lot to be proud of there."

19:45

More from Foden: I'm enjoying my role

Another brilliant performance from Phil Foden, who was deployed in the central position in the forward line, but popped up everywhere. 

Pep says he can play in five positions and here's his take on his latest role:

"I can drop deep and get on the ball and pick the passes of. It is a new role for me and I m enjoying it.

"It changes game to game. Sometimes I play higher than normal. With this game, it was about dropping in and trying to get on the ball as much as possible. I thought we used the extra man really well when I dropped in and we controlled the game."

19:39

Phil Foden: Our level dropped

"I thought from the start we looked very good in possession, controlled the game. Sometimes when you are 3-0 up you can drop your level a little bit. We are little disappointed with the second half. The level wasn’t the same, but we dug in there and we only conceded one which is really good."

19:33

Michael Brown: Credit to Brighton

"At half-time we were wondering what type of reaction Brighton would have. It was a positive one. They got the ball down, they created opportunities, pushed City back and created good chances. Give them some credit. 

"Manchester City obviously travelled in the week. The team's performance in the week was incredible, the amount of work rate they put in. Exceptional pressing again in the first half and maybe a little bit off the pace in the second. But it was a wonderful team performance to get the result."

19:27

Matchday Live

Michael Brown and Paul Dickov have the pleasure of analysing that victory.

You can hear their thoughts on Matchday Live now. ☝️

19:24

Full-time: Brighton 1-4 City

Three points in the bag with a comfortable victory on the South Coast after a sensational first half display set us up for our third win in a week.


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90'+5'

GOAL! Riyad Mahrez. Brighton 1-4 City

Job done! And Brighton have been their own worst enemy there. 

Foden capitalises on an awkward ball across the area, exchanges passes with Fernandinho and squares to the unmarked Mahrez on the right of the box and he slams home to wrap up the points.

90'+3'

Still pushing

City have been in total control in the final few minutes and Phil Foden gets another shot off from the left of the area, but it's blocked by a Seagulls' defender. 

Next, it's Joao Cancelo's turn as the full-back sees his 20-yard strike saved by Sanchez. 

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89'

Phillll!

Phil Foden wants his hat-trick.

He weaves inside off the left flank and stabs the ball at goal, but it's a narrow angle and Sanchez sticks out a leg to block his effort.

88'

Nearly!

It's been a while since we've had a meaningful attack, but Bernardo Silva nips into steal the ball in midfield and plays it out to Kevin De Bruyne on the edge of the area.

The Belgian tries to play a precise ball back inside for Foden, but a Brighton defender makes a great recovery to boot the ball clear. 

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81'

Goal. Alexis Mac Allister. Brighton 1-3 City

It's a side foot effort from Mac Allister who plants his effort to Ederson's left and though the Brazilian gets two hands on it, he can only push it into the back of the net.

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79'

Penalty!

Ederson fouls Mwepu and Kevin Friend points to the spot.

Brighton had kept the ball well on the edge of the area before Trossard slid Mwepu in behind and he was sent to the floor as the Brazilian came sliding out in a bid to gather the ball.

It's checked by VAR, but the decision stands.

78'

Cleared

Phil Foden delivers a corner from the left, but Lewis Dunk rises highest to thump a header clear. 

They've been better at both ends this half, Brighton. 

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74'

No danger

Brighton win the ball as City try to play out from the back, with Solly March picking the ball up in a promising position.

He works it onto his left foot and has plenty of time, but curls his shot high and wide.

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69'

Free-kick

Kyle Walker wins a free-kick in his own area as Leandro Trossard puts an arm in his back. 

The Belgian's not happy and the crowd aren't with how long Walker takes to get up, but, after briefly holding his stomach, he's fine to continue. 

64'

Neil Leigh at the AMEX

There has been a much more assertive, aggressive start from the hosts this half. But City are showing that we can marry attacking verve with defensive acumen.

Ederson just executed two smart saves to deny Gross and Trossard while the City defence and midfielder are harrying and chasing every loose ball when Brighton press forward.

Another reminder of the hard work that underpins everything Pep Guardiola’s players produce.

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61'

Brilliant!

Blimey, Brighton look a completely different team here.

It's another save from Ederson after Trossard is played in on the left of the area and the Brazilian gets down well to keep out his fierce low strike with his body.

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59'

Saved

Brighton have been much better this half and another decent spell of possession creates a decent shooting opportunity.

It's Trossard who takes aim from 20-yards after a neat passing move, but the Belgian's effort is straight down the throat of Ederson.

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58'

Brighton Sub

Two changes from Graham Potter.

Tariq Lamptey replaces Dan Burn in defence and Enock Mwepu comes on for Neal Maupay.

Lamptey gets a great reception from the Brighton fans.

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54'

Chance!

A rare chance for Brighton and it's a good one.

Trossard picks out Gross at the far post and the German does well to bring the ball down before cutting inside and drilling a low effort towards the bottom right corner.

Ederson's equal to it and reacts well to gather it at the second attempt as Maupay races in for a tap in.

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53'

Acrobatic

Not sure what Ruben Dias has just done, but he's somehow managed to steer Ilkay Gundogan's corner towards goal.

A back-heel flick perhaps? Anyway, there's no enough on his improvised efforts and Sanchez gathers comfortably. 

50'

Penalty?

Gabriel Jesus goes down under a challenge from Marc Cucurella as the defender races back into the area.

The Spaniard had his arms out as Jesus tumbled to the floor, but Kevin Friend waves away the protests. 

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48'

Chasing the hat-trick

Another chance for City, another chance for the outstanding Phil Foden.

He collects a pass into the area with has back to goal and releases a snapshot on the turn off his favoured left foot but it flies wide of Sanchez's right-hand post.

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47'

More of the same

City are straight back on the attack as Grealish cuts the ball back to Cancelo on the edge of the area.

The full-back throws in a Cruyff turn before firing a low strike off his left foot which nicks off a defender and goes behind for a corner that comes to nothing. 

46'

Second half

Brighton get us back under way.

More goals incoming? You wouldn't bet against it based on what we've seen in that opening 45 minutes.

HT

Neil Leigh at the AMEX

Like the very best professionals when we play like we did in that opening 45 minutes, City make the difficult look effortlessly easy.

That was a first half out of the very top drawer. Make no mistake, Brighton are a very good side but City have been outstanding and utterly dominant so far. Three goals to the good and it could have been more.

And with Phil Foden now having been credited with the third goal, what price a first ever senior hat-trick for the England international?

In this sort of form, you wouldn’t bet against him!

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Goal reaction

It's been a rampant display from City, who have been ruthless in the final third.

Here are Michael Brown and Paul Dickov's thoughts on our opening two goals.

Brown on 1-0: "He’s [Gundogan] intelligent isn’t he. He realises when there is the opportunity, he gets into the box. They ask for a foul on the goalkeeper but they’re never going to get it. That will give Gundogan confidence, back in the team and getting a goal."

Dickov on 2-0: "Great ball by Bernardo through to Grealish - Jack’s been unselfish and laid it on for Phil. You have to look at Phil’s energy for that goal to get up there. It was a devastating counter-attack. It was an important time to score and make it 2-0. This goal knocked the stuffing out of them."
 

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Paul Dickov: A continuation of Brugge

No shortage of praise from Paul Dickov and more praise for Bernardo Silva, but how can you not when he's in this sort of form? 

"We just carried on where we left off in Brugge. We’re just devastating on the break. Bernardo has been outstanding. It could easily have been five. Every time we look forward we look like we’re going to score. The amount of bodies we’re getting into the box is frightening."

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Matchday Live

Something tells me Paul Dickov and Michael Brown are going to enjoy discussing that opening 45 minutes.

You know where you can tune in. ☝️

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45'+2'

Another one

Sanchez is called into action again as Grealish takes aim from the edge of the area, but it's straight at the Brighton goalkeeper.

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45'+1'

Foden denied

Blimey, you don't want to do that, Dan Burn!

The defender sends a wayward pass into midfield, which Gundogan capitalises on as City pour forward.

It's worked into Foden inside the area and the midfielder checks inside and fires at goal, but Sanchez reads it well and saves to his left to deny the midfielder a hat-trick.

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43'

Well hit

This is Brighton's best spell of the game as March stings the palms of Ederson with a 20-yard drive.

It comes from a loose clearance from Kyle Walker and the Seagulls winger reacts quickest to create the shooting opportunity.

It's well struck, but too close to Ederson to really trouble him.

41'

Defending

A rare spell of pressure for Brighton after Ruben Dias concedes a throw  in deep in his own half.

Cucurella's goes short and wins a corner, but it's comfortably cleared by City.

Pep Guardiola's men haven't given the hosts an inch so far.

35'

Neil Leigh at the Amex

In this mood is there a better side to watch than City? I doubt it.

We have been utterly dominant in this first 35 minutes and are not flattered at all by that 3-0 lead. The line up between Bernardo, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden for our second was outstanding while Gabriel Jesus’s strike was a fine instinctive finish.

Seagulls boss Graham Potter looks a bit stunned on the touchline. The home fans share his bewilderment. Our travelling support has been loud and proud and you can’t blame them. City have been just outstanding so far.

33'

Foden's goal

It seems Phil Foden has been credited with our third goal.

The midfielder, inadvertently, got the slightest of touches on Jesus' shot, which clipped him on the back on its way past Sanchez.  

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31'

GOAL! Gabriel Jesus. Brighton 0-3 City

It's getting better and better for City as Jesus fires a third past Sanchez.

The Brazilian started the move, dancing past a couple of challenges on the edge of the box before picking out Grealish, whose effort was beaten away by the Brighton goalkeeper.

The ball rolled nicely into the path of Jesus and his first time effort had too much on it for Sanchez, who got a hand to it, but couldn't keep it out.

It's been a sensational half an hour from our boys.


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27'

GOAL! Phil Foden. Brighton 0-2 City

A quite brilliant counter-attack is finished off with Phil Foden!

Brighton had City penned back, but when Cucurella's cross finds no one, City break at lightening speed as Bernardo Silva drives forward and releases Jack Grealish.

Our No.10 had acres of spaces as he raced towards goal before squaring for Foden, who beats the recovering defender to the ball and turns it home.

25'

Neil Leigh at the AMEX

City have begun in superb style here and our lead could and arguably should have been extended but for those two saves from Sanchez.

Meanwhile some of Bernardo’s close control has been extraordinary to witness with back heel just a delight with City overall looking full of intent and confidence.

Brighton have looked to threaten when they can but there’s no doubt City with our pace and precision have been on top in these opening 25 minutes.

20'

End to end

It's been a breathless opening 20 minutes at the AMEX and it's City making all the forward running.

Sanchez makes to key stops in quick succession, first sticking out a leg to thwart Foden as the midfielder tries to round him and then getting down well to save Jesus' low drive. 

Pep Guardiola's men have picked up where they left off in Brugge!

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17'

Well wide

Brighton create their first chance of the game via a slick counter attack as Pascal Gross races clear down the right hand side.

He picks out Leandro Trossard with an incisive pass, but the Belgium's swivel and shot sails high and wide.

16'

Neil Leigh at the AMEX

Vibrant and fast paced start to proceedings here at the AMEX and an all-important early goal for City

Brighton began full of intent and running but City also soon got into our attacking stride.

Joao Cancelo’s low drive brought a fine save from Robert Sanchez. And then Gabriel Jesus’s deflected shot from Ilkay Gundogan’s sublime through ball looked goal bound only for Lewis Dunk to clear off the line.

City’s pressure has eventually bore fruit however with Gundogan forcing home the ball from Bernardo’s initial effort, the goal being allowed to stand after a lengthy VAR check.

Excellent first 15 minutes from Pep Guardiola’ side.

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13'

GOAL! Ilkay Gundogan. Brighton 0-1 City

We've got our goal! 

Ilkay Gundogan taps into an empty net after Robert Sanchez, under pressure from Gabriel Jesus, spills Phil Foden's deflected strike.

Bernardo Silva is in the right place at the right time to hook it towards goal and Gundogan steals in to nudge it across the line.

GET IN!

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11'

Ahhhhh!

HOW IS THAT NOT A GOAL!?

Lewis Dunk has just made an outstanding goal line clearance to deny Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian picked the ball up on the right of the area, beating Marc Cucurella on the outside before digging out a shot from a tight angle.

Sanchez couldn't stop it, but Dunk got back in the nick time to hook the ball away.

Incredible stuff.

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8'

Tipped away

City have the first shot of the game and it's a good one from Joao Cancelo, who collects a pass from Jack Grealish on the edge of the area.

The left-back drills it hard and low towards the bottom corner, but a slight touch from Solly March takes the pace off it and Robert Sanchez gets down well to push it away.

Decent start from City. 

5'

Early opportunity

The first opportunity falls to City after Lewis Dunk fouls Phil Foden out on the left flank.

The City man takes responsibility for the free-kick, but his curling ball is headed away by Solly March and Brighton clear. 

4'

Foden leads the way

Phil Foden is the furthest forward for City, playing through the middle of the front three, with Gabriel Jesus on the right flank, where he has played to great effect this season. 

Both teams have exchanged possession in the opening minutes. No long balls here!

17:28

Lining up

The teams are out at the AMEX Stadium and we are minutes away from kick-off.

Here's a reminder of how both sides line-up...

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Jesus.

BRIGHTON: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Burn, Cucurella, Gross, Moder, Lallana, March, Trossard, Maupay. 

17:22

Paul Dickov on Brighton

"I’ve been impressed with them over the last few seasons. It looks like it’s all coming together for them. Potter has been amazing since he’s been there. It’s going to be a tough test today. It looks like they’re going to match City up, but that’s a dangerous game to play."

17:19

💙

Neil Leigh at the AMEX Stadium:

Wonderful touch here at Brighton.

With the City players warming up wearing Wearing ‘We’re With You Guido’ shirts in support of Guido De Pauw the Belgian City fan who was the victim of an attack in midweek, Brighton sent out their own message of support to Guido themselves on the big screen here at the AMEX.

It was met with a huge ovation from all corners of the ground.

And that message has been echoed by former City boss – and Brighton favourite – Brian Horton who added his own best wishes when interviewed by Brighton’s in house media.

Just great to see and hear.

17:13

Pep Guardiola: We have to adjust how we play today

Pep Guardiola confirmed Raheem Sterling is missing today due to a back problem during his pre-match interview and the boss admitted he is expecting a stern test today.

"For the way they play, definitely [it's a tough game]. After five minutes you will see it. They’re man-to-man, so aggressive and really good principles. They have sense with every movement they do.

"I don’t have any complaints about the team and since this period I have been in England together. There are always highs and lows. Our game in Brugge was exceptional, and against Burnley it wasn’t perfect. If we had one game a week we would be able to be consistent, but we play every three days. Today we have to adjust to how they play."

17:06

Foden predicts tough game

Phil Foden was the man on pre-match media duties. Here's what he had to say to Sky Sports:

On Brighton:

"It was a difficult game against them last time. We had an early red card. We’ve been working hard in training to work out how stop them. They press high and are very aggressive and direct - it’s going to be a tough game."

On his form:

"I’m really happy, enjoying my football. Playing a bit of a different role this season but I’m still learning it, and I’m enjoying it."
 

17:03

Stat pack

🔹 City lost 3-2 last time out against Brighton, but we have never lost back-to-back league meetings with the Seagulls and have lost just four of our 22 previous games against them (W14 D4 L4).

🔹 We have kept six clean sheets in our opening eight Premier League games for the first time.

🔹 Pep Guardiola’s men haven't conceded in the first half of their last 10 league matches.

🔹We have had 11 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season - however, no player has scored more than twice.

🔹 Raheem Sterling has scored four goals in four Premier League starts against Brighton, netting a hat-trick on his last visit to the Amex Stadium in July 2020. 

🔹 Kevin De Bruyne has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September 2020. Only once before has the Belgian scored in three consecutive appearances in the competition, doing so in September/October 2015.

16:55

Neil Leigh at the AMEX Stadium

"So, two changes to the City side from the team which performed with such distinction away at Brugge on Tuesday. Of course, such is the quality within Pep Guardiola’s squad, whoever is entrusted with a starting place invariably steps up to the plate.

"And, as with last term, our fine first two months of the 2021/22 campaign has been helped by some tremendous defensive displays.   

"There’s a comforting familiarity to the look of our back line this afternoon with Ederson again marshalled by a back four of Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo. Six clean sheets from our eight Premier League matches to date illustrates the fine work overseen by City’s defence so far.

"It won’t be easy but another shut-out this afternoon on the Sussex Coast would be more than welcome!"

16:52

Paul Dickov: Bernardo going under the radar

Bernardo Silva has been in inspired form so far this season and Paul Dickov couldn't be more impressed.

"He’s gone under the radar outside the club. His performances have been absolutely outstanding, it’s credit to him. He’s picked up his game onto another level. 

"I love watching him and the energy he’s got, he always does it with a smile on his face. His touch and ability on the ball is fantastic. He’s crucial for the team and how Pep wants to play. It says it all that he has played the most minutes alongside Cancelo this season."
 

16:45

Michael Brown on today's team

"It’s a very strong starting XI. It’s so difficult to tell with Guardiola who will play where, especially the front three. I think it’s a really strong back four too. Stones unlucky to miss out but it shows how strong we are there at the moment."

What are your thoughts on the team? Let us know by using #ManCity on Twitter or send a WhatsApp message to +447537186538

16:37

We're With You Guido 💙

Cel Spellman began Matchday Live with a special message for Guido De Pauw, the City fan who was attacked in Belgium following our win over Club Brugge.

Spellman, Michael Brown and Paul Dickov are all wearing the 'We're With You Guido' t-shirts that Pep Guardiola wore for his pre-match press conference and the players will do the same in the warm-up.

On behalf of everyone at the Club, Guardiola sent the 63-year-old a message of support on Friday:

"For him, we are quite optimistic. In the last hours he is getting better and of course he has all of the support from the Club on what they need for the investigation.

“A big hug for him and all his family. We wish soon he will come back to the Etihad Stadium to follow us at home games and away games. Hopefully, it won’t happen again. It’s difficult to understand why people can go to enjoy a football game and after, sometimes these terrible things can happen."

16:33

Brighton team 📋🐦

Graham Potter makes one change from last weekend's 0-0 draw with Norwich City.

Solly March comes into the side in place of Shane Duffy. 

XI: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Burn, Cucurella, Gross, Moder, Lallana, March, Trossard, Maupay.

SUBS: Lamptey, Webster, Connolly, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Mwepu, Steele, Duffy, Richards.

16:30

Team news 📋🔵

Pep Guardiola has made two changes to the side that started against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Ilkay Gudogan and Gabriel Jesus come into the team, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, who scored two goals in Belgium, dropping to the bench. 

Raheem Sterling is short of fully fitness and is not involved today, so young Sam Edozie is back in the matchday squad for the first time since the Community Shield. He’s scored four goals for the EDS since making his senior debut.

XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Jesus.

SUBS: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Edozie, Palmer.

16:20

Live from the AMEX

Neil Leigh is our man on the South Coast this afternoon. He's just checked in at the AMEX Stadium in anticipation of an entertaining game between two of the Premier League's in form teams.

"An autumnal chill in the air but blue skies and a clear outlook here at the AMEX Stadium with all the conditions set fair for what should be a cracking match. Pep Guardiola has made no secret of his admiration for the work down by Seagulls boss Graham Potter and his Brighton side have made a fine start to the season lying in fourth place ahead of today’s kick-off.

"However, City go into the game at the end of seven days which first saw us beat Burnley and then overpower Club Brugge in the Champions League in midweek. Another positive result this evening would be the perfect way to round off the week."

16:12

Graham Potter: We know how good City are

Plenty of praise from the Brighton boss in his programme notes:

"We will need to improve our performance as this evening’s game is arguably as tough as they come, as we welcome the champions. Manchester City have consistently been amongst the best, if not the best, in the Premier League during my time as Brighton manager, and we know how good they are, and what the task in front of us is. 

"They are a fantastic group of players, and with a manager and staff held in the highest regard. We know that we will need to be at our very best to keep our recent good run going, and the players will approach the game with the same positive attitude they have shown all season."

16:04

Pep Guardiola: Brighton are exceptional

Back to the matter in hand... 

Pep Guardiola and Graham Potter are two men with similar outlooks on how football should be played, with both preferring a possession-based approach that has won them plenty of plaudits.

And Guardiola is one of those to admire Potter’s men.

"I enjoy watching Brighton," he said at his pre-match press conference. 

"They are an exceptional team. They are the same team [as last season. We are] absolutely not [looking for revenge]. In football, you win or lose.

"Last season, we were Champions. We were preparing to play the Final of the Champions League. Now, we are fighting to be Champions - there is a big difference."

15:47

Early team news

Today’s team news is due in just over 40 minutes time, but, following both manager’s pre-match press conferences, we already have an idea of who is and isn’t available.

City have no fresh injury concerns from the midweek win over Club Brugge and John Stones is available after missing the trip to Belgium.

Ferran Torres is the only absentee with the foot injury he picked up during the October international break.

The home side will be without Steven Alzate and Danny Welbeck, who remain out with long term injuries, whilst Graham Potter confirmed centre-back Adam Webster has an ‘outside chance’ of returning after missing the last four Premier League games with a hamstring injury.

15:38

Get involved 📱

How are you feeling ahead of this one? What team would you select? What are your score predictions?

Audience participation is actively encouraged for both the Matchday Centre and Matchday Live, so to let us know your thoughts use #ManCity on Twitter or send a WhatsApp message to +447537186538.

15:29

Matchday Live 📺

Michael Brown and Paul Dickov are the guests on today’s Matchday Live show, which begins one hour before kick-off at 16:30 (UK).

Our Wembley ’99 heroes join Cel Spellman in the studio at the Etihad Stadium, where they will be providing the usual City-focused mix of entertainment and analysis ahead of the game.

The panel will reconvene at half-time and full-time to share their thoughts on the game, and, whilst I may be biased, it is the perfect accompaniment to your matchday viewing!

15:25

It's matchday! 🙌

Good afternoon, City fans!

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for today’s Premier League game against high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion.

After a superb performance and victory in midweek, Pep Guardiola’s return to action at the AMEX Stadium, where we’ll be looking to add another three points to our Premier League tally.

The game kicks-off at 17:30 (UK) and from now on, I will be guiding you through the matchday with all the pre-match build-up, in game action and post-match reaction.


With both teams in good form and committed to an attractive brand of football, it looks set to be an entertaining afternoon! 

Other games that day

  • Southampton2
    Burnley2
    FT
  • Everton2
    Watford5
    FT
  • Leeds United1
    Wolverhampton Wanderers1
    FT
  • Crystal Palace1
    Newcastle United1
    FT
  • Chelsea7
    Norwich City0
    FT
  • Manchester United0
    Liverpool0
    KO
  • Brentford0
    Leicester City0
    KO
  • West Ham United0
    Tottenham Hotspur0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Chelsea 9 +20 22
3 Liverpool 8 +16 18
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 9 0 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 -3 15
6 Manchester United 8 +6 14
7 West Ham United 8 +5 14
8 Everton 9 +1 14
9 Arsenal 9 -3 14
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
11 Brentford 8 +3 12
12 Leicester City 8 -1 11
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2
Link To Full Table