Brighton travel to take on last season’s Premier League Champions Manchester City on Saturday. 11 places separate the teams going into the game.
The Seagulls head into the game off the back of their first league defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur, 2-1.
Whereas, City head into the game off the back of two wins in a week. The first a 5-0 drubbing away to Cardiff City in the Premier League.
The second a 3-0 win away to Oxford United in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
This means that Brighton face a tricky trip to the Etihad. However, they may want to take inspiration from the last team to visit the Champions.
Of course I’m talking about Lyon, who visited the home of the Cityzens in matchday one of the Champions League and beat City 2-1.
Although Brighton are not Lyon, they will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Tottenham with a win to get back on track and improve their points tally on their travels.
Brighton have only picked up one point from their opening three away games, which needs to drastically improve if they are to stay up.
Brighton will be enforced to make one change from the team that were beaten by Tottenham with Dale Stephens coming off half an hour into the game with a groin injury.
The Seagulls are set to give summer signing Florin Andone his first minutes in the Premier League.
This is how Albion may lineup: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Propper, Kayal, March, Andone, Murray.
The team above will see Beram Kayal come in for Stephens and Andone coming in for Yves Bissouma.
Manchester City will probably lineup as follows: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, LaPorte, Delph, B. Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
A Free Hit For Brighton
This game against Manchester City is effectively a free hit for Brighton. By a free hit, I mean that the Seagulls are expected to lose, so they have to go out there and prove people wrong which they love doing.
This is also why I named the lineup above because it is a balanced side, but is slightly more attacking.
With a striker in Andone tucked behind a target man, it means Brighton have the option to knock in long for Murray to knock down and try and get Andone in and behind the City defence.
They also will have a midfield that will work well in Propper and Kayal, as they get involved and give City no time or space to move the ball.
I think Saturday’s game will be tough, but I’m going for a bold prediction and a 1-1 draw.