Brighton v Manchester City: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne north east England

The Premier League is much deeper, standard wise, than the Bundesliga and La Liga versions, where his Bayern Munich and Barcelona teams won League titles with consummate ease....here, in England, teams floating around mid and low reaches of the table have a nasty ability to bite and take points off the "big boys" when least expected - and that hurt City past year, dropping points at Middlesbrough, Southampton, Leicester amongst others.

Guardiola will hope goalkeeper Ederson, acquired from Benfica for £34.9 million, is less error prone than Claudio Bravo, whose dismal season was a major factor in City's failed title challenge. One name, though, could be a survivor on the teamsheet from that last meeting nearly a decade ago. That figure would have been a lot higher had the Belgian not been ravaged by a series of injuries over the last three campaigns.

He has experimented with playing three centre halves during pre-season and at present he only has three - Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi - that he trusts.

Manchester City have reportedly enquired about the possibility of signing Sergio Busquets from Barcelona this summer.

After a slow start at Leicester following his move from Birmingham City halfway through the 2015-16 season, Gray is beginning to make his presence felt at the King Power Stadium.

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Diame - who scored six goals in all competitions last season - retired from worldwide football in March.

"Maybe there is a little more physical strength work here".

"It was the proposal they presented me, this is a club with big ambition to win trophies this season". I am backing him to deliver this time around, though. When the two sides met in 2008, it was the visitors who were the clear favourites on paper and it will be exactly the same on Saturday evening.

"Fortunately for us, there isn't any player in our team or squad that doesn't know the Premier League or the Premier League players and their qualities".

"That's what we expect from him".

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This first match at Brighton shouldn't be much more than a glorified tune-up for the title favorites. Throw in the versatile Danilo from Real Madrid and the brilliant Bernardo Silva from Monaco and it is quite a haul, even if they do not get either Alexis Sanchez or Kylian Mbappe.

With Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner signed from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, Brighton have quickly followed the Premier League trend, creating a multinational squad with a strong European influence. Wembley woe sees last year's runners-up Tottenham miss out. "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

"Now I'm ready to go back to this league and show everyone that I'm back".

According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero (via the Manchester Evening News' Alex Porter), City are looking to strengthen their midfield following the sale of Fernando and have contacted Barca about potentially buying Busquets.

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