Manchester City vs Brighton preview: John Stones available again injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 21 October 2022 18:13

Manchester City vs Brighton preview: John Stones available again injuryGuardiola believes new Seagulls boss De Zerbi will have "massive impact"

Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 22nd October 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: M Perry, S Ledger Fourth Official: T Harrington VAR: L Mason

Odds: Man City 1/5, Draw 6/1, Brighton 12/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Dias, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: Phillips, Walker

Doubtful: Stones

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDL

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi

Squad (from): Sanchez, Scherpen, Steele, Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Colwill, Clarke, Estupinan, Veltman, March Mac Allister, Khadra, Gross, Lallana, Caicedo, Gilmour, Trossard, Welbeck, Sarmiento, Encisu, Undav

Injured: Moder, Mitoma, Mwepu

Doubtful: Colwill

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLLD

John Stones has recovered form a thigh injury, and is expected to be part of the matchday squad to face Brighton on Saturday. Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips remain sidelined.

“John has been training has been training the last two days with us,” said Pep Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“Kalvin is recovering really well, but I didn’t speak with doctors about Kyle. Hopefully they can help him.”

Brighton have had a mixed start under new manager Roberto De Zerbi, but Guardiola admires the Italian greatly.

“I just saw the last two games he played here. He is already playing the way he wants to play. His impact in England will be massive.

“At Brighton, he took over a team with Graham Potter making an incredible job there,” the City boss added.

“They are so dynamic as a team. They have incredible players with MacAlister, March, Gross. All of them have incredible quality and are incredible in small spaces.”

City won their last game against Brighton at The Etihad 3-0, with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva. Overall City have won 18 of the 28 games played against the Seagulls, with 5 draws and 5 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden, Haaland

Score prediction: City 3 Brighton 1