Manchester City’s consistency despite having won the last two league titles shows how well drilled they are under manager Pep Guardiola.
They didn’t necessarily play that well against Bournemouth, but they were patient and got the job done with a deserved 3-1 win at the Vitality Stadium. They may need that patience once again when they face Brighton at the Etihad this weekend.
Seagulls boss Graham Potter does play a more expansive game than his predecessor Chris Hughton, but they have started the season playing five at the back, and will likely try to be difficult to breakdown and keep men behind the ball.
City will have to do without Gabriel Jesus due to a hamstring injury but John Stones could be back in contention following a muscular problem.
For Brighton, Florin Andone will be suspended after being sent off in the 1-0 home defeat to Southampton, while Yves Bissouma (shoulder), Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Ezequiel Schelotto (ACL) have all been ruled out.
Unsurprisingly, the bookies have made City the heavy favourites for this encounter with Unibet having them at 1/10 odds-on to win. A draw is 12/1 at Betfair while a Brighton victory is 35/1 with the same bookmaker.
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