Premier League debutants Brighton & Hove Albion start with one of the most difficult fixtures of them all – at home to Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side have spent nearly £200 million so far during the summer transfer window, improving two key areas of his side – the goalkeeper situation and full-backs. Three of Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danillo and Benjamin Mendy should make their debut in Saturday’s evening kickoff.
Manchester City have one of the best attacks on paper in the Premier League this season – Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Arguero could form a great partnership up front, or Guardiola may choose to start just one of them. That’s because the former-Barcelona manager has a wealth of attacking talent in his midfield too. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are too playmakers with the pace of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling capable of running in behind opposition defences. Then there’s Yaya Toure playing a deeper role. They also spent £40 million on Bernardo Silva over the summer.
Brighton don’t have the spending or pulling power of their opponents and Chris Hughton will have a difficult task matching up to them. I fear for the hosts because neither of their centre-backs have a great deal of pace so will need a lot of help from their full-backs and midfield to keep the scoreline reasonable.
I can’t see anything but a comfortable Manchester City win.