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In total, Pep Guardiola makes eight changes from the Carabao Cup starting XI as the Blues host Brighton & Hove Albion.
City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Silva (c), Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero
Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
Oleksandr Zinchenko’s fine display against Oxford wins him a staring berth this afternoon.
Danilo can play left-back, but only has one 90 minutes under his belt this season.
Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy remain side-lined with injury.
David Silva and Bernardo look set to play centrally in front of Fernandinho, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on the wing and Sergio Aguero the lone striker.
Expect the Blues to play 4-3-3 today.
Brighton will likely look to keep it tight, with two banks of defensive lines in front of their goalkeeper.
City may need to be patient and if so, there will be plenty of probing in and around the Brighton box as the champions look to find gaps.
Brighton & Hove Albion starting XI:
Stats and milestones
City can go top of the Premier League with a victory – if only for a few hours – Chelsea and Liverpool meet at 5.30 this evening and should the game end in a draw or Chelsea win, the Blues would remain on top.
Brighton have never beaten City away from home in eight attempts, drawing two and losing six.
The Seagulls lost both games against the Blues last season – 2-0 at the AmEx and 3-1 at the Etihad on the final day.
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