With a return to winning ways secured, Manchester City will be looking to keep up their pursuit of the Premier League summit when they host Brighton this weekend.
Pep Guardiola's side took three points on the south coast last time out in an entertaining clash with Bournemouth, and will likely back themselves to deliver the goods at home at the Etihad Stadium against the Seagulls.
Graham Potter's side might have a surprise up their sleeve if they are able to frustrate their hosts, as they look to consign their first defeat of the season against Southampton last weekend to history.
|Game||Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Date||Saturday, August 31|
|Time||3:00pm BST / 10:00am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched on NBC Sports Gold. It will not be available for streaming.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports Gold||N/A|
In the UK, the match will not be broadcast or streamed due to falling inside the blackout perod.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Man City squad|
|Goalkeepers||Ederson, Bravo, Carson, Grimshaw|
|Defenders||Laporte, Stones, Otamendi, Walker, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Mendy, Angelino|
|Midfielders||De Bruyne, D. Silva, Gundogan, Rodri, Fernandinho, Foden|
|Forwards||Aguero, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, B. Silva|
Confirmed Manchester City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodroigo, Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
|Goalkeepers||Ryan, Steele, Button|
|Defenders||Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Webster, Montoya, Baluta, Bernardo, Burn|
|Midfielders||Stephens, Trossard, Gross, Mooy, March, Propper|
|Forwards||Maupay, Jahanbakhsh, Murray|
Confirmed Brighton starting XI: Ryan; Burn, Dunk, Webster, Montoya, Propper, Stephens, Bernardo, March, Maupay, Trossard
Betting & Match Odds
City are odds-on favourites to snap up the three points at 1/12 with bet365. Brighton are meanwhile priced at a distant 25/1 while a draw is available at 9/1.
With two wins from three and a two point gap to the summit of the Premier League, Manchester City know they will have to be back in top gear if they want to defend their crown this campaign.
Pep Guardiola's reigning champions will host Brighton at the Etihad Stadium looking to pick up another three points as they seek to make it a hat-trick of domestic titles in a row.
But the Spaniard has admitted that the success of their season will likely only be measured by glory on the continent, following Liverpool's efforts earlier this year.
“I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” he stated. “I know unless we do that it will not be enough.
“This comes with [my profile], I know that. I arrived in Barcelona, we were lucky we won it two times in four years, and the people expect I am something special that we have to win the Champions League and it’s still true.”
With the international break looming, several Citizens stars have got the call for their country, including Aymeric Laporte, often overlooked by France, and Guardiola hailed the defender as one of the finest in the game.
"It was a mistake when I said he is one of the best – for me, he is the best left-sided central defender in Europe," he added.
"All of us were so happy for him because he was looking for this call for a long time and hopefully he can stay. Now it depends on him."
He did, however, admit surprise over Kyle Walker's England exit, adding: "Of course, Kyle and myself are not involved. We respect the decision and I think Kyle will come back strong.
"It's [Southgate's] decision, of course, I understand him and support the manager of the national team."