5 things to look for-Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion

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It is expected that City will fail in their pursuit for the Spain worldwide this summer, considering the star's importance in Barca's starting XI and they have already lost a key player this summer in the shape of Neymar.

According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero (via the Manchester Evening News' Alex Porter), City are looking to strengthen their midfield following the sale of Fernando and have contacted Barca about potentially buying Busquets.

With Pep Guardiola eager to add steel to his midfield, the Premier League club have made an enquiry over the availability of the veteran Barcelona midfielder this summer.

The glee with which English pundits noted that Pep couldn't hack it in the Premier League was barely disguised, but they may find their comeuppance this year.

Who's a player on your team that neutrals might not know much about, but should become fans of?

"Then I became a starter at Schalke, played my first worldwide game and also took part in the European Championships".

When Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages of the competition last season, their struggles at their temporary Wembley home was deemed to be the reason.

Unlike last season, the Blues will have European football back at Stamford Bridge.

"In a unusual quirk of fate, 34 years ago, in the 1982-83 season, Brighton's last top-flight home game was also against City, where they were also looking for a positive result but for very different reasons".

Despite the above, Jose Mourinho has crafted a side well and truly capable of putting together a decent run at winning the Premier League.

With both sides in the relegation area and Brighton preparing for a first-ever FA Cup final against Manchester United, they had plenty on their respective plates. "If one team scores 123 goals and you are thinking about only defending for 90 minutes because we won one game 5-3, you kill yourself".

"We're more offensive with the two strikers [Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero] up front", Toure said.

The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs. When City started the season with six wins in a row, averaging three goals a game, it seemed like no one could catch them.

Brighton start their EPL campaign with a match they are expected to lose, as Man City come to town in a game of the "haves and have nots". City, backed by the UAE, have again spent fortunes in the summer transfer market. Danilo is a bit more defensive minded than Mendy and Walker but is still very good at keeping possession and holding onto the ball, which will suit City well when they are dominating possession and trying to break down their opponent.

The Premier League is up for grabs and it would be fair to say that Manchester City should be overwhelming favourites, and nothing less than finishing 1st would be acceptable.

"I think he's close to coming back".

City looked very good going forward, but were all over the place defensively.