Manchester City will hope to avoid a back-to-back away defeat when they face Brighton on Saturday in the premier league Match-Day 35.

The Cityzens were perfectly flying when they hammered Newcastle United 5-0 at the Etihad but manager Pep Guardiola will want his side to improve away from home after losing 1-0 last time to Southampton.

Brighton lost 3-1 at Anfield against newly crowned champions Liverpool and will look to move 11 points clear of the relegation zone with a win against Manchester City.

Head-to-Head

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The head-to-head is pretty straightforward as Manchester City have won all five encounters against Brighton, scoring 15 goals and conceding just two in the process. They will be confident heading into the match but their poor away form of recent is a big worry.

Team News

Brighton manager, Graham Potter revealed that there’s no fresh injury concerns following the 3-1 loss to Liverpool. Jose Izquierdo (knee) remains a long-term absentee for the Seagulls.

For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero is unavailable with a knee injury and Benjamin Mendy is a doubt having missed the last two matches with muscular issues.

Key battles

Leandro Trossard vs Ilkay Guendogan

Seagulls midfielder Leandro Trossard has scored in back-to-back Premier League matches, having netted in just two of his previous 25 in the competition. Guendogan will have to keep an eye on Trossard in midfield.

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De Bruyne is just two assists away from becoming only the second player in Premier League history to record 20 in a single season, after Thierry Henry in 2002/03. The Belgian is also on 98 goal involvements in the competition, with 34 goals and 64 assists. Bissouma will have his work cut out against the Belgian.

Probable XI

Brighton: Mathew Ryan; Tariq Lamptey, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Daniel Burn; Yves Bissouma, Leandro Trossard, Aaron Mooy, Davy Propper; Aaron Connolly, Neal Maupay.

Man City: Ederson Moraes; Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia; Ilkay Guendogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho; Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus.

Match officials

Referee: Graham Scott. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Derek Eaton. Fourth official: James Linington.

Replacement official: Paul Kelly. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.

Prediction

Brighton 2-4 Man City

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