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Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

Brighton will assess winger Anthony Knockaert, who is close to a return after injuring ankle ligaments in July.

Chris Hughton will be without Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock who are both injured.

No one doubted that English clubs would break their own 1.2 billion-pound (1.56 billion U.S. dollar) transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.As fees became ever more inflated, the what-ifs provided an intriguing backdrop to the unfolding drama.Romelu Lukaku might have joined Chelsea but ended up at Manchester United for 75 million pounds (99.18 million USA dollar), a move that pushed Jose Mourinho's alternative targets Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata towards Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.Benjamin Mendy had also seemed destined for Stamford Bridge before Manchester City nabbed him for a reported 43 million pounds while Mo Salah, who Chelsea once sold, became Liverpool's record 37 million-pound signing.It is too early to say who has got the best of the most frenetic transfer market, but few of the buys come with the proven record that Zlatan Ibrahimoivic brought to United last summer.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to spend less on players next season after a big splash-out in the current transfer window, saying today's squad had been put together with an eye on the future. Will Sergio Aguero play when Pep Guardiola likes Gabriel Jesus?

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect", he said on Friday. Yet, with Manchester United and Chelsea far from ideal either and the current City squad possessing new realms of depth, they should saunter to the title.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do".

He said: "I think if you see the team last season and this season, (from) the four (pre-season) games we played, the fundamentals are the same".

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well". "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

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"I think sooner or later it is going to finish", he said.

Blessed with a calm temperament beyond his years, Pickford has distribution skills desired in the modern game to go with his undoubted ability to stop shots and collect crosses. But with Premier League rivals circling, the 21-year-old is unlikely to be short of offers were he to become available.

Brighton knocked City out of the League Cup on penalties in 2008 following a 2-2 draw at the Withdean Stadium.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.

The Amex Stadium will be the 56th different stadium to host a Premier League match.

Arsenal's defensive record will need to improve if they are to challenge for this season's Premier League. If the chairman or CEO come and say it's not possible then we work with the academy players, players we've had in the past.

Anthony Knockaert was directly involved in more league goals than any other Championship midfielder in 2016-17, with 15 goals and eight assists. I will do my best like I did last season.

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he said.

I did take Watford out of my picks because I think Andre Gray is a good signing for them and could make the difference.