5 things to look for-Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

City have spent around £200 million on new signings this summer after finishing 15 points behind champions Chelsea in the Premier League last season.

In a unusual quirk of fate, 34 years ago, in the 1982-83 season, Brighton's last top-flight home game was also against City, where they were also looking for a positive result but for very different reasons.

Such expenditure has raised eyebrows in some quarters, but Guardiola insists the expensive revamp of his squad was necessary...

"It's going to be a challenge for everybody but we'll take it in our stride, compete and we'll surprise a few people", March told The Times newspaper.

Pep explained City's heavy investment, saying, "We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years".

City have been installed as Sky Bet's 7/4 favourites for the title followed by champions Chelsea alongside Manchester United at 7/2 apiece, while Burnley join the top-flight's new boys as the relegation favourites.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe not just the Premier League and we need to change it".

He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back".

With rivals Manchester United flexing their muscles in the transfer market, the capture of the France global would put down a maker for the red half of the city that the Citizens can match anything coming out of Old Trafford.

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"Given the transfers, I think what you do is you try to assess nearly a middle market". I hope I can prove I'm just as good as them.

"I fancy Manchester City to win the league, they look irresistible on the attack and playing against a Brighton side in front of an expectant home crowd, the Seagulls will have to have a go, playing into City's hands".

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I'd be shocked if Virgil van Dijk doesn't go to Liverpool as that's been bubbling away for so long. "Sead Kolasinac is also is in England now; I met him already in London", Sane said. Mendy and Walker will most likely be the starting left and right backs, with Danilo backing both of them up, as he is well suited to play both positions. "I am so grateful to my physios to control the amount of work". I think they had to spend a lot of money and I still think their defence lacks quality. I'm not going to say we are going to play all the season in that system, we are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same.

Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

City's football was, occasionally, dazzling and they were only outscored by champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but finding an effective defensive configuration gave Guardiola a constant headache. He cleaned up his act last season, and was a joy to watch.

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams — with the exception of Tottenham — have spent", Guardiola said. "[The current players] are young and will stay for the future".

I don't see Jesus being as prolific and might have to play out wide with Aguero central, so they will share the City goals. "Sooner or later it's going to finish".

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