Brighton v Manchester City: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

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Pep Guardiola has praised the speed of Manchester City's summer transfer activity.

"I am old enough to remember the last (and only) time we were in the old First Division, from 1979 to 1983".

It isn't a coincidence that Spurs' best run in the Premier League has come when their defence has been led by some of the finest defenders in England - and it isn't a coincidence that Manchester City won the league titles in the seasons where Vincent Kompany was relatively free of major injuries.

Burnley - It was a decent season for it last time, but this one will be far tougher and it hasn't signed the quality to keep its status in the Premier League.

How could Manchester City line up next season?

The former Barcelona boss also heaped praise on Gundogan's ability stating that 'perfect for the way we want to play'. But I think it is unsustainable. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

They return to the fray this weekend having spent around £200 million (B8.68 billion) on players and Guardiola believes an exciting new team is taking shape. "But we try to win the game". Another trophy-less season will likely be deemed another failure and expectations, as such, are high in the Premier League, with an eye too on the Champions League semi-final at the very least.

Avoiding relegation will naturally be the main expectation as the Lancashire club begin their second season in the top flight, following a quick return back.

"When you go to Germany, Spain, Italy to buy - it happens with United, Chelsea, all the big teams - it's £10-£15m more expensive".

No one doubted that English clubs would break their own £1.2 billion ($NZ2.1 billion) transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.

"I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it's not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air".

Brighton and Hove Albion - Although in my bottom three, I see this as a great opportunity for Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as he's going to be very busy.

City have formed extremely close ties with the newly-prompted La Liga club, which has already seen Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia and recent Brazilian signing Douglas Luiz join them on loan for the coming season. The squad they have now is more than capable of challenging on all fronts; however don't rule out City breaking the bank for another superstar if the chance presents itself.

But Foden is the only one who is now considered a viable first-team option by Guardiola, and he could even be on the bench at Brighton this weekend. They also have a solid defence led by German Christopher Schindler, who played in every game last season and completed almost 300 clearances and close to a 100 interceptions.

"If they stay there this year, the confidence they will get from that".

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