Wednesday 23

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester City 4-0 Brighton

31st August 2019, 17:25 by Craig Smithson

Manchester City move to the top of the Premier League after a comfortable 4-0 win against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

John Stones was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi at the back, while Riyad Mahrez and Rodri returned in place of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva as Pep Guardiola made changes to his Manchester City side from the 3-1 win at Bournemouth last week.

Adam Webster was handed a start for Brighton in place of Shane Duffy, while Bernardo came in for the suspended Florin Andone in two changes from the 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

City had not lost a game that kicked off at 3pm since December 2018 and that run was well on the way to being preserved when they went in front after just two minutes.

Oleksandr Zinchenko released David Silva down the left and he pulled the ball back into the middle for Kevin De Bruyne to slam in his first goal of the season.

Sergio Aguero, who had scored in all three of his Premier League games against Brighton going into the game, almost made it four but his shot across goal went wide on 15 minutes.

Riyad Mahrez then hit a shot straight down the throat of Mat Ryan and De Bruyne hit one wide on 22 minutes as City dominated.

David Silva then spurned a great chance to double City’s lead on the half-hour as he fired over from five yards after good work from Raheem Sterling down the left.

City were hit by the loss of Aymeric Laporte, who was stretchered off on 37 minutes following a clash of knees with Webster in a challenge he was also booked for.

However, the hosts did manage to take a two-goal lead into the break when Aguero got that fourth goal against the Seagulls as he collected a cross from De Bruyne and fired to the right of Ryan on 43 minutes.

Aguero extended his scoring run against Brighton as he put City 3-0 ahead in the 55th minute, collecting a pass from David Silva he cut inside and curled a wonderful right-footed effort into the top corner.

Sterling, De Bruyne and Aguero all went close to adding to City’s tally as the hosts continued to dominate proceedings.

It was Bernardo Silva who grabbed the fourth of the afternoon with his first touch after coming off the bench as he met Aguero’s through ball and scuffed his shot into the bottom corner of Ryan’s net.

City jump above Liverpool after their third win of the season, while Brighton sit down in 16th spot on four points.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

More Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion

Ryan praise for Haringey/Yeovil stand

23rd October 2019, 14:15

Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has backed the decision of the Haringey and Yeovil players to walk off the pitch in last Saturday’s FA Cup clash.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Seagulls poised for Trossard fitness boost

22nd October 2019, 14:56

Leandro Trossard is likely to return to action for Brighton when Everton visit the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton’s Andone clears up misunderstanding over his desire to stay on loan

21st October 2019, 15:22

Florin Andone has hit back at reports claiming he does not want to return to Brighton and Hove Albion from his loan spell at Galatasaray.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Potter proud of “magnificent” performance

21st October 2019, 12:54

Brighton boss Graham Potter says there were plenty of positives to take from Saturday's heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Potter eager to protect Connolly

17th October 2019, 19:44

Brighton coach Graham Potter says he will do all he can to protect striker Aaron Connolly after a whirlwind few weeks.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Maupay ready to be versatile for Seagulls’ cause

17th October 2019, 10:23

Neal Maupay has told head coach Graham Potter he is willing to play in any position to benefit Brighton this season.

Recent Sport Headlines


Genk 1-4 Liverpool

23rd October 2019, 22:24

Liverpool eased to a 4-1 Champions League win away to Belgian champions Genk, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring two of the goals.

Horse Racing Previews

Quick Return Can Produce Another Win For Bosley Five-Year-Old

23rd October 2019, 21:15

Course Winner Has Conditions Just Right For Another Successful Run


Ajax 0-1 Chelsea

23rd October 2019, 20:52

Chelsea secured a key 1-0 win at Ajax in the Champions League thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s late strike.

Leicester City

Monaco could seal cut-price Slimani deal

23rd October 2019, 19:48

Monaco could complete the permanent signing of on-loan Leicester forward Islam Slimani for as little as £7.8million, according to reports.

Atletico Madrid

Atleti line up Gladbach midfielder

23rd October 2019, 19:48

Atletico Madrid are plotting a move for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria but will face plenty of competition.

Match Previews

Slovan Bratislava v Wolverhampton Wanderers

23rd October 2019, 19:40

Wolves will seek to build on their Europa League win at Besiktas when they travel to Slovan Bratislava on Thursday.

Match Previews

Partizan Belgrade v Manchester United

23rd October 2019, 19:04

Man Utd will go in search of a rare away win when they travel to Serbia to take on Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.

Match Previews

Arsenal v Vitoria Guimaraes

23rd October 2019, 18:23

Arsenal will seek to put Monday's loss to Sheffield United behind them when they take on Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday.