Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion – BBC Sport

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - BBC Sport

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Graham Potter says Brighton’s players must go to the Etihad Stadium believing they can end the club’s 30-year wait for a league victory over Manchester City.

Albion have lost their four previous Premier League meetings with the champions by an aggregate score of 11-2 and also suffered an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side last season.

The Seagulls have not beaten City over 90 minutes since a re-taken penalty from Alan Curbishley and an Ian Brightwell own goal earned a 2-1 success at the Goldstone Ground on April Fool’s Day 1989.

Manchester City will be looking to continue their scintillating start to the new season against Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend.

The Arctic winds that blow through the Swedish city of Ostersund are known as a nordvästan and the Turkish champions felt the full force from Potters team at the Jämtkraft Arena. They were blown away 2-0 in the first leg and Ostersund finished the job in Istanbul with a 1-1 draw.

The defending champions are already in double figures for goals after just three games and are sat two points behind Liverpool in second.

We will need to be lucky, without a doubt, said the head coach. And you need to be perfect, play perfectly and respond perfectly and you also have to hope that they are not so good. It sounds easy but you have to have an idea and a belief that you can go on the pitch and win.

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Ahead of their clash with Brighton, City have been handed two injury boosts with John Stones and Benjamin Mendy back in training.

Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte is the partnership which Pep Guardiola has opted for in his absence.

Guardiolas team have amassed almost 200 points over the last two seasons. They have scored the most goals, created the most chances and conceded the fewest. Once again they have started the new season impressively and Potter admits Guardiola and City have set a new standard.

Following a minor blip against Tottenham Hotspur, Guardiola’s side have so far dominated their opponents.

If you have to say one thing, it is their collective strength. They are a team with good individual players but they fight for everything. Everybody sacrifices themselves for the team.

On the opening day, they put West Ham United to the sword with a 5-0 win and then beating AFC Bournemouth 3-1 last week.

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The Seagulls won 3-0 against Watford on the opening day before, drawing with West Ham and losing to Southampton.

To beat them over two legs was probably the biggest one (upset) for me, said Potter, emphasising the two-legs proudly. For a club like Ostersund to beat them, was big.

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Potter will take charge of just his fourth Premier League match against the champions and he will take inspiration from a Europa League Cup second qualifying round back in 2017.

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