Brighton: Sanchez, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, White, Propper, Bernardo, Tau, Mac Allister, Trossard
Subs: Maupay, Gross, March, Zeqiri, Walton, Sanders, Khadra, Jenks, Weir
Anybody watching City’s recent games will know predicting a formation is difficult.
But as De Bruyne featured as a false nine recently, nothing is guaranteed.
City look to close gap on leading pack
City could go as high as third this evening with a victory over Brighton.
Tottenham are also in action and on the same points as City, but with a superior goal difference.
Manchester United lead the Premier League with 36 points, three clear of Liverpool who are second.
City would climb above Everton and Leicester with a victory and should Spurs drop points, move just behind Liverpool.
But Brighton will be tricky opposition, despite their lowly position in the table.
Pep Guardiola is a great admirer of Seagulls boss Graham Potter and enjoys the way Brighton approach the game.
Far from being a side who will flood their own box with bodies, Brighton are likely to give as good as they get and try and attack City.
Stats & facts
- City have won all six Premier League meetings, scoring 20 goals, conceding just twice.
- Brighton have never won a league match away to City (D2, L8).
- City are unbeaten in seven top-flight games, winning five of those matches - including each of the last three.
- City did not win four consecutive Premier League fixtures last season until after they had relinquished the title, ending the campaign with five straight victories.
- Only four Premier League teams have scored fewer second-half goals than City this season, with Pep Guardiola's side scoring 18 of their 24 goals in the first half.
- City have conceded seven goals since the start of October, four fewer than any other Premier League side.
- Ilkay Gundogan has three goals in City's past four league matches, following a run of 12 months and 21 games without a top-flight goal.
- This will be Brighton's 300th top-flight fixture.
- The Seagulls are winless in their past eight top-flight matches, a streak exceeded only by bottom side Sheffield United.
- Brighton are without a victory in all 13 of their Premier League matches in January (D6, L7) and likewise in all nine matches played on a Wednesday (D5, L4).
- Brighton have conceded eight Premier League goals from set-pieces this season (excluding penalties), the division's joint-second highest figure.
- They have conceded nine own goals since promotion in 2017, more than any other top-flight side in that time.