Premier League this year started off with a blast after Arsenal beat Leicester City in a seven goal thriller at the Emirates. Now can the other matches match up? Here is the preview and predictions for Brighton vs Manchester City.
Manchester City take on newly promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer stadium, Sussex on Saturday on their first day of the season.
Brighton, as Premier League debutants, look to enter the Premier League with a bang. They have had an active transfer window so far, signing players in all departments to gain an equal footing with teams in the highest division of English Football.
Shot-stopper Mathew Ryan was brought in from Valencia to be the first name on the team sheet. They stole away the Ingolstadt pair Marcus Suttner and Pascal Groß. They also broke their club transfer record by signing Davy Propper, the 25-year old Netherlands international for a fee of 10,00 Mill. €.
Having spent the last 5 years in the Championship, the team have taken great strides to gain promotion to the Premier League. They will be looking to emulate Leicester City during the 14-15 season: having finished at a high of 14th in their first season up top.
On the other hand, this game gives Guardiola much needed breathing space to fix his team and let his players get settled.
With a horde of new signings especially in the defensive department, Guardiola will try out combinations to find his perfect first team. With Gabriel Jesus playing as a striker through most of preseason, Pep might be willing to experiment 2 men up front alongside Sergio Aguero.
We have seen Pep deploy the 3-at-the-back system at Bayern and with the signings of Kyle Walker and Danilo, he might do the same here. The return of Elaquim Mangala from Roma gives him options at centre, with a confident player in Vincent Kompany leading the team.
There are no setbacks in the goal scoring departments. The Citizens have one of the most feared attack and have been one of the top scoring teams in the league for the past few years.
On the other hand, their defence has looked inconsistent. They do have to be weary of leaking goals against a pacey opposition, and if the Seagulls show true grit, they can break through.
On paper, all precursors to victory point towards the men in Blue. It should be a bed of roses if the players gel together. But this is the Premier League. Albion will look to take inspiration from Cardiff City, who on the opening day defeated Manchester City 3-1 a couple of years ago.