Sky Sports pundit reveals his prediction for Man City v Brighton

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Manchester City's trip to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola (Photo: The Sport Review)

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester City to claim a 5-0 win over Brighton in front of their home fans at The Etihad this weekend.

The Citizens returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend with a 3-1 win away at Bournemouth after their 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at home the week before.

Manchester City kicked off their Premier League title defence with a thumping 5-0 win at West Ham United on the opening day of the campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s men are aiming to keep pace with Liverpool FC this weekend after having fallen two points behind Jurgen Klopp’s leaders.

And former Arsenal star Nicholas is not expecting to see the defending champions have any problems when they host Brighton and Hove Albion in front of their home fans this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I just hope that Graham Potter has a plan A, plan B, and plan C at the ready for this one. Do you sit in and hurt them from set-pieces? Where do they pitch? Where do they put their back five? You do not want to give them pockets of space.

“Manchester City interchange, fly down the wing with pace, Kevin De Bruyne does this, David Silva does that. What formation do they play? They play football and they enjoy it, that’s why you need different plans.

“I don’t see anything but pain here for Brighton. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are frightening, with De Bruyne in full swing now too.

“I am sure De Bruyne could be the best ever at City, better than the rest. If you want a game with lots of goals and smiles, this is your game.”

Manchester City have been drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in their Champions League group this season.

The Citizens will be aiming to try and progress further than the quarter-finals in this season’s Champions League as Guardiola looks to become the first manager to bring the European trophy to The Etihad.

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