Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City: Gundogan and Mendy miss out through injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 11 August 2017 14:40

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City: Gundogan and Mendy miss out through injuryNew signings Ederson, Walker and Danilo expected to make full debuts

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 12th August 2017

Venue: Falmer Stadium, Brighton

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Bennett, J Collin Fourth Official: S Atwell

Odds: Brighton 10/1, Draw 9/2, City 1/3. Check out the betting tips for the match here.

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Chris Hughton

Squad (from): Ryan, Mäenpää, Bruno, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Duffy, Rosenior, Suttner, Groß, Stephens, Skalak, Knockaert, Sidwell, March, Murphy, Hemed, Murray

Injured: Baldock, Kayal

Doubtful: March

Suspended: None

Form guide:

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Diaz, Fernandinho, Foden, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Gundogan, Mendy

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide:

Pep Guardiola is without new signing Benjamin Mendy and long-term absentee Ilkay Gundogan for the opening game of the season, although the City manager confirmed that both players are close to a return. Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker and Danilo are all likely to make their senior debuts for the club, but fellow new signing Bernardo Silva may have to settle for a place on the bench. Guardiola has warned his players that newly promoted Brighton will prove to be difficult opponents at the Amex Stadium.

“My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones. We spoke and I saw last season how tough is this league.

“The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated. But we try to win the game.”

City's last away game at Brighton ended in a 2-2 draw in the League Cup in 2008, with Gelson Fernandes and Stephen Ireland scoring for the Blues (Brighton won the subsequent penalty shoot-out 5-3). Overall City have won 8 of the 17 games played against the Seagulls, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Damilo, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero, Jesus

Score prediction: Brighton 0 City 2