Brighton vs Manchester City: The Citizens' Expected XI

​Having ended his debut season without a trophy to his name, Pep Guardiola has been one of the busiest managers in the off-season, buying players as well as trying out different combinations in his side's pre-season friendlies. 


Opening the 2017-18 Premier League campaign against newbies Brighton & Hove Albion, complacency will be the last thing on the Citizens' minds as they look to avoid last season's debacle. 


As his side gears up for the fixture at the Amex stadium, we predict Guardiola's starting line up for tonight.

Goalkeeper

  • Ederson
    Ederson31

Impressive in the pre-season friendlies, the newly signed keeper is likely to get the nod ahead of Claudio Bravo.

Defence

  • Otamendi
    Otamendi30
  • Kompany
    Kompany4
  • Stones
    Stones24

​Having used the 3-5-2 formation in the pre-season, it looks only too likely for Guardiola to continue with the same strategy tonight. Nicolas Otamendi and VIncent Kompany are proven performers with John Stones for company and Kyle Walker and Danilo operating as wing-backs. The defence line looks pretty compact overall.

Midfield

  • Walker
    Walker2
  • Touré
    Touré42
  • de Bruyne
    de Bruyne17
  • Silva
    Silva21
  • Danilo
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​Hoping to establish themselves as serious title contenders early in the season, City could start with the experienced Yaya Toure between the defence and midfield. With Walker and Danilo providing the required thrust on either flanks, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva can afford to push forward to create chances up front. Bernardo Silva could replace Toure later in the game.

Forwards

  • Agüero
    Agüero10
  • Jesus
    Jesus33

​The duo were lethal towards the end of last season, their form extending into the pre-season friendlies. With Aguero likely to keep the fleet-footed Jesus ahead of him, the onus will be on the young Brazilian to open the scoring floodgates tonight. Facing a relatively weaker side with virtually no top-flight experience, expect the duo to have a goal fest tonight. This one is likely to be a drab affair.