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 defending champions are already in double figures for goals after just three games and are sat two points behind Liverpool in second.
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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.
Following a minor blip against Tottenham Hotspur, Guardiola’s side have so far dominated their opponents.
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.
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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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