Man City fans name the starting lineup they want to see vs Brighton

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Manchester City will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches when they travel to the AMEX Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening.

City, who recorded an emphatic 5-1 win over Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, are unbeaten in the league since their 1-0 opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur back in August.

Although the Blues faced criticism following the closure of the summer transfer window for their failure to bring in a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero, they have been coping just fine without one, with their recent performances against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool proving exactly that.

Having put themselves back in a strong position in the Champions League in midweek, City will now be hoping to record a second successive away win in five days against a Brighton side who have also enjoyed a strong start to the season.

Ahead of what is set to be a stern test for City, manager Pep Guardiola has not reported any fresh injury concerns, meaning he has a large pool of players to select his starting line-up from.

But how do City’s fans want to see Guardiola set his side up against the Seagulls? Below, MEN Sport has taken a close look at what City’s supporters have voted for using our interactive widget.

Goalkeeper – Ederson

Returning to the starting line-up against Brugge in midweek, Ederson is poised to secure his first Premier League appearance since the 2-2 draw with Liverpool prior to the international break.

He missed last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley after playing for Brazil in the early hours of Friday morning and was replaced by Zack Steffen against the Clarets.

Defence – Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo

After throwing a spanner in the works with his defensive selection against Burnley last weekend, City chief Guardiola returned to a more familiar look against Brugge – and the fans are hoping to see the same again at the AMEX Stadium.

Considered as City’s strongest and best back-four, the fans are calling for Walker, Dias, Laporte and Cancelo, from right to left, to offer protection to Ederson on the south coast.

City have only conceded in two games so far this season in the league, meaning it is easy to understand why the fans would like Guardiola to go with the same defensive line that started on Tuesday in Belgium.

Midfield – Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne

Copy and paste, yet again.

City’s fans are hoping to see the exact same midfield trio for the sixth game in a row, with Belgian ace De Bruyne and Bernardo acting as the attacking forces from midfield.

Rodri is also likely to start and continue to screen the back-four for a sense of protection.

Attack – Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish

Having played no part in City’s last two matches, the fans are hoping to see Jesus return to the starting line-up against Graham Potter’s side. The Brazilian missed the win over Burnley and was an unused substitute against Brugge.

The fans are eager for him to return on the right-wing and replace Riyad Mahrez, despite the Algerian scoring two goals in midweek.

The fans hope to see Jesus lock out the front-three with Foden and Grealish, with the latter playing on the left and Foden in the false nine position. The pair of them started in midweek and the fans want to see them retain their places, meaning the likes of Raheem Sterling and Mahrez would be forced to settle for a place on the bench.

Starting line-up City fans want to see vs Brighton: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne; Jesus, Foden, Grealish.

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