Brighton make the trip up north to Manchester to face Manchester City at the Etihad this Saturday in an important clash in the Premier League. Both sides need a win to get back in the fight for the title or the fight for Champions League football.
Man City currently sit third in the Premier League after eight games. With six wins and two losses, City have 18 points to their name, two points behind Tottenham and Arsenal.
In their last five games in all competitions, City have two wins and three losses. Phil Foden and Erling Haaland both scored before the 15 minute mark to give City the 2 - 0 lead they would end the game with, despite the sending off of Rodri in the first minute of the second half. However, City would then be handed their first loss of the season in the Third Round of the League Cup. Alexander Isak scored the only goal of the game in the second half as Newcastle won 1 - 0.
City were then on the losing side in the Premier League. An own goal from Ruben Dias gave Wolves the lead going into halftime. Julian Alavrez drew City level early in the second half but a goal from Hwang Hee-chan gave Wolves the 2 - 1 win. City bounced back in the Champions League against RB Leipzig. Foden, Alvarez and Jeremy Doku all scored in the 3 - 1 win over Leipzig.
The last time out was a top of the table clash against Arsenal. City were restricted to just four shots with one on target as Gabriel Martenelli scored the only goal in the 86th minute to give Arsenal the 1 - 0 win.
Brighton sit four places below City in sixth. In eight games, The Seagulls have five wins, one draw and two losses, leaving them on 16 points, one point behind the last Champions League spot.
In their last five games in all competitions, Brighton have one win, two draws and two losses. The only win came against Bournemouth in September. Though Dominic Solanke opened the scoring for Bournemouth, an own goal from Milos Kerkez and a brace from Kaoru Mitoma gave Bournemouth a 3 - 1 win. Next was Chelsea in the Third Round of the League Cup. Nicolas Jackson scored the only goal in the 1 - 0 win for Chelsea.
The trip to Aston Villa was one to forget for Brighton. Ansu Fati scored his first goal for the team, but an own goal from Pervis Estupinan, goals from Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz and a hat-trick from Ollie Watkins gave Villa the 6 - 1 win. In the Europa League, Brighton had a shaky start against Marseille. Chancel Mangulu and Jordan Veretout scored within two minutes of each other in the first half. However, goals from Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro managed to grab a point for Brighton in the 2 - 2 draw.
The last time out for Brighton was another 2 - 2 draw, this time against Liverpool. Simon Adingra opened the scoring for Brighton, but two goals from Mohamed Salah before halftime, gave Liverpool the lead. However, a late goal from Lewis Dunk, once again grabbed a point for Brighton.
Man City and Brighton have met 30 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1924. City dominate this fixture with 19 wins in comparison to Brighton’s six wins in the fixtures, with the other five games finishing in a draw.