Manchester City Vs Brighton Football Match Score 22 Oct 2022
Manchester City will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Etihad Stadium for their Premier League contest on Saturday. The Citizens suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Liverpool last weekend, while the Seagulls were held to a goalless draw at home against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. For the first time since the opening day of last season, Manchester City suffered defeat away from home in the Premier League when they lost to rivals Liverpool in a fiery battle at Anfield last weekend, courtesy of a second-half strike from Mohamed Salah.
Not even the exceptional goalscoring exploits of Erling Braut Haaland could break down Liverpool’s resilient backline, and the Citizens have now failed to score in their last two matches, including the goalless Champions League draw with Copenhagen. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola’s side – who were named Club of the Year at the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday – will be keen to bounce back quickly as they have slipped four points behind league leaders Arsenal. The Citizens have seven fixtures in all competitions before the World Cup, including five at the Etihad Stadium where they have won each of their last 12 games and scored a remarkable 51 goals. Indeed, this winning streak on home soil began with a 3-0 victory against Brighton in April last season, with Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva all on the scoresheet in the second half.
City will fancy their chances of success again on Saturday and a victory would see them become just the second team in English top-flight history to secure 10 successive home wins after Aston Villa, who put together a 12-game winning run between March and December 1897, and a 13-match winning run between December 1930 and September 1931. Since Leandro Trossard netted an impressive hat-trick in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool at the beginning of this month, the goals have dried up for Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton, who have failed to score in their last three games.
The Italian is still searching for his first win in charge of the Seagulls since replacing Graham Potter last month, after he watched his side play out a frustrating goalless draw with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday – a game which the South-Coast club dominated with 71% possession and 19 shots on goal, while the visitors failed to register a single shot on target. Brighton had been occupying a place in the top four during the early stages of this season, but they have since dropped down to eighth spot, five points behind Potter’s fourth-placed Chelsea, who they will face at the Amex Stadium next weekend.
Returning to winning ways and climbing back towards the Champions League places may prove challenging in the short term for the Seagulls, as they head into Saturday’s clash having lost 10 of their 12 visits to Man City, scoring just twice and conceding 21 goals. Brighton supporters will reminisce about the 3-2 home triumph over the reigning champions in May 2021, and a similar performance will be required from De Zerbi’s men if they are to claim anything from the Etihad this weekend. Manchester City are still without Kyle Walker (groin) and Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), but John Stones could feature in the matchday squad this weekend as he has returned to first-team training following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Guardiola could hand centre-back Aymeric Laporte his first Premier League start of the season, with either Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias or Manuel Akanji dropping down to the bench as a result.
Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez both watched on from the substitutes’ bench at Anfield, but either player could be selected to play in the front three on Saturday alongside Foden and Haaland – the latter of whom has scored 10 goals in his last four home league games. As for Brighton, Kaoru Mitoma and Jakob Moder are ruled out with respective ankle and knee injuries, while Levi Colwill is carrying a minor knock and will be assessed ahead of kickoff. Adam Lallana was handed a start in the draw with Forest and he will be hoping to retain his place in an advanced midfield role alongside Pascal Gross, which could see Trossard continue as an attack-minded left wing-back ahead of Pervis Estupinan. The rest of De Zerbi’s side is expected to remain the same, but the likes of Billy Gilmour, Tariq Lamptey and Deniz Undav will be pushing to start having all begun on the bench throughout this season.