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    Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Man City v Brighton

    PREMIER LEAGUE

    Venue: The Etihad Stadium
    Date: Wednesday 9th April 2018
    Kick-off: 20:00 BST
    Referee: Paul Tierney
    Assistants: Simon Beck, Andrew Garratt
    Fourth official: Robert Madley



    TEAM NEWS

    Yaya Toure is expected to make his final appearance for Manchester City on Wednesday as his trophy-laden eight-year spell at the club nears an end.

    Vincent Kompany remains a fitness doubt but full-back Benjamin Mendy might make his first start since September.

    Brighton & Hove Albion could be unchanged from the team that beat Manchester United on Friday.

    Manager Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns, with midfielder Steve Sidwell the only absentee.

    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Yaya Toure: "Without doubt he was, and is, one of the most important players in the whole history of this club. We will try and play for him and win for him.

    "Yaya is part of the club, not just because of the trophies he has won but because he transmitted to everyone the club can be bigger and greater.

    "I wish him well. His desire is to stay playing and he can do a job in the Premier League for another club next season. He will decide what is best for him."

    Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "Huddersfield showed what you have to do to have any chance of getting anything [away to Manchester City].

    "We've managed to get some good results against the top six at home and make games as close as possible - at Tottenham away and Chelsea away, for long periods we were very much in the game.

    "This is our challenge and I want to be as good as we can in these [two remaining] games."

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Manchester City host Brighton & Hove Albion in a league fixture for the first time since a 2-1 win in the second tier in September 1988.
    • The Seagulls have never won a league match away to City, drawing twice and losing the other five games.
    • Brighton's two top-flight victories in this fixture both came at home: 4-1 in December 1979, and again in October 1981 (D2, L5).


    Man City

    • The champions only require two points from their final two matches to set a Premier League record tally for a single season, eclipsing the 95 earned by Chelsea in 2004-05.
    • City need two wins to become the first team to reach 100 points in an English top-flight campaign. The record - based on three points for a win - is held by Liverpool, who claimed the equivalent of 98 points across 42 games in 1978-79.
    • One more victory would equal the top-flight record of 31 in a season, set by Tottenham in 1960-61.
    • Pep Guardiola's side are two goals shy of breaking Chelsea's Premier League record of 103 in a single season.
    • Manchester City's club record for most goals scored in a top-flight season is 107, which they achieved in 1936-37.
    • Raheem Sterling has scored 49 goals in 191 Premier League appearances. He could become the 11th player to reach 50 goals before his 24th birthday.


    Brighton

    • Brighton's 1-0 home win over Manchester United at the weekend ended a six-match run without a victory.
    • They are striving to record three consecutive clean sheets in the top flight for the first time since January 1982.
    • However, the Seagulls have gone 11 Premier League away matches without a win since beating Swansea on 4 November (D4, L7).
    • Brighton have lost all four of their away games against the top-six clubs without scoring a goal.
    • They are the division's lowest scorers away from home, with just nine goals.
    • Chris Hughton's only win as a manager against Manchester City in seven attempts came when his then-Norwich side were 3-2 victors at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the 2012-13 season.
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      I will be travelling to Manchester this afternoon. Part of my luggage consists of numerous pairs of flip flops and buckets and spades. I will personally hand these out to each and every Manchester City player prior to kick off as a token of congratulation for winning the title, and, as an incentive to think long and hard about sun kissed beaches and sipping cocktails by the pool.
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      Come on boys! Feeling a 1-2 win tonight!

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      I love the fact that Pep didn't mention the actual game.
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      Do we have any sort of chance here? We were excellent against them on the opening day of the season but still got what we deserved in that one.

      With Huddersfield having the temerity to pinch a point on Saturday (and what a huge point that now looks) I just feel City will take us to the cleaners.

      I hope Sir Chris can instill more confidence in the lads than I'd manage, as we can still finish as high as 9th. Even one win from two might have us in the top half.
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      Let's hope we haven't switched off after achieving our primary aim, as was the case at the back end of last season.
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      I don't think it's in our teams dynamic to take a day off and CH would probably go ballistic if we take our foot off the pedal for a instant , whatever the result i expect nothing less than a hard fought game from us ,and Citeh will know that they have been in a game (again) , the not won away since the 4th of november stat is rather worrying but a stat that is hopefully about to change .
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      I don't think it's in our teams dynamic to take a day off and CH would probably go ballistic if we take our foot off the pedal for a instant , whatever the result i expect nothing less than a hard fought game from us ,and Citeh will know that they have been in a game (again) , the not won away since the 4th of november stat is rather worrying but a stat that is hopefully about to change .
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      Yes, but he's always flying off the handle at the slightest little thing.
      I have heard that only plastic cups are allowed in the dressing room, so when Lord Hughton goes off on one and decides to chuck something in rage nothing, player or furniture, gets damaged.
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      that's true , you can just tell by that expression he's about to well do something really really unimaginable to a innocent water bottle .
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