Chris Hughton's Brighton backed to avoid the dreaded drop

The Ivorian believes his team are gradually adapting to the Spaniard's system

The Ivorian believes his team are gradually adapting to the Spaniard's system

The Sky Blues are big favourites to pick up all three points given the gulf in class between the two sides, let alone how travel-happy City were last season.

The match marked quite a journey for Albion, 20 years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight.

Ederson is expected to make his competitive debut on Saturday tea-time, and the 23-year-old stated that the clash with The Seagulls will not be a walk in the park.

New signings Kyle Walker and Danilo will offer width from wing-back areas, with another fresh face Bernardo Silva making the bench.

With Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner signed from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, Brighton have quickly followed the Premier League trend, creating a multinational squad with a strong European influence. Brighton will receive an additional boost from Chelsea's Izzy Brown, who recently joined on loan.

There were 21 players in Brighton's half as early as the third minute and Aguero lashed fresh air from Walker's cut-back early on, before Kevin De Bruyne's set-piece sighter gave Ryan a comfortable first Premier League stop. That was actually their only loss of the summer, which does show they are in good form.

Referee: Michael Oliver 9 - Brilliant spot to rule out a Jesus goal for handball and got most of his other decisions correct. Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co.

There was some intricate build-up play and Gabriel Jesus twice found the Brighton net only for the strikes to be ruled out, once for handball and once for offside.

Man City became the latest team to go with the three-man defence trend, with John Stones protected in the middle by the pacier Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.

The Citizens will be looking to carry the momentum forward in the Premier League as well.

But the former Benfica player is adamant he remains "calm and ready to help my team" despite his new price-tag. However, with the reinforcements brought in by Guardiola this summer, City are likely to turn the tables.

After nearly 25 minutes in the second half, though, it was actually a Brighton turnover that made way for Man City to pull ahead.

"Brighton" lost only one of the seven previous matches.

Manchester City have won each of their last six opening day contests in the Premier League, the best current run in the competition.

Ahead of Manchester City's PL opener against newly promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion, Guardiola said; "We want to put energy in the team for the next five years".

"But it's never a big problem".

Last season, Pep started with a 3-5-2 formation that failed because of the lack of quality full-backs.

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