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Grealish To Start, Gundogan Benched | 4-2-3-1 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Brighton

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Manchester City will entertain Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium this Saturday afternoon as they look to earn a good result at home. Pep Guardiola‘s men suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool recently, so they will be desperate to bounce back by securing a convincing win versus the Seagulls this weekend.

Guardiola will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to name a strong first XI for this game. Jack Grealish will get a chance to play from the start while Ilkay Gundogan drops to the bench.

4-2-3-1 Manchester City Predicted Lineup To Face Brighton

Defence

Ederson will feature in between the sticks for the Mancunian giants after he shipped in one goal versus Liverpool last weekend. Ruben Dias is expected to resume his defensive partnership with Nathan Ake at the centre of Man City’s defence as they look to stop the Seagulls from scoring during the 90 minutes.

Manuel Akanji could fill in as a makeshift right-back while Joao Cancelo hopes to catch the eye on the other side as the left-back. Guardiola will give both of them the license to get forward and join in on the attack at every chance they get.

Aymeric Laporte will be available for selection on the bench as he provides cover for the defensive spots.

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Midfield

Bernardo Silva and Rodri could operate as the holding midfielders for Man City. Their main focus would be to establish their superiority over the opposition at the centre of the park.

The gifted trio of Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will function just ahead of them as part of Man City’s attack. Foden will be eager to get his name on the scoresheet after drawing a blank versus Liverpool recently.

De Bruyne will be the main orchestrator for Man City in the opposition half, so he needs to have a good game if Man City want to earn a comfortable win this weekend.

Ilkay Gundogan will be named on the bench as he waits for his opportunity to make an impact in the second 45 minutes if required.

Attack

Erling Haaland will once again lead the charge for Man City in the final third. The Norwegian striker would be keen on getting back to his goal-scoring ways when he laces up to face off against the Brighton defenders this Saturday afternoon.

Julian Alvarez will once again have to settle for a place on the bench but might come on to influence the game in the latter stages if needed.

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