Manchester City vs Brighton: TV channel, live steam, team news & preview

Manchester City could potentially claim the top spot for the weekend if they win Saturday’s game against Brighton, depending on how Liverpool fare at Stamford Bridge. 

The defending Premier League champions have dropped just two points all season in their draw against Wolves and will be keen to add an extra three points to put the pressure on current table-toppers Liverpool. 

Meanwhile, Brighton currently sit in 13th position and will be hoping for a win following last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham. 

Game Manchester City vs Brighton
Date Saturday, September 29
Time 3:00pm BST / 10:00am EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed online via the NBC Sports Live app .

US TV channel Online stream
NBC Sports NBC Sports Live

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being shown on TV or via live stream but can be listened to on BBC Radio Manchester.

UK TV channel Audio
N/A BBC Radio Manchester

Squads & Team News

Position Manchester City players
Goalkeepers Ederson, Bravo, Muric, Grimshaw
Defenders Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Walker, Kompany, Mendy, Danilo
Midfielders B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Delph, De Bruyne, Foden, Brahim
Forwards Sane, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling, Jesus

City remain without Kevin De Bruyne due to an extended knee injury. Claudio Bravo is also unavailable after sustaining an achilles tendon injury, while Benjamin Mendy, who has raised the ire of Guardiola recently, is also out.

Potential Man City starting XI : Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho, B.Silva; Mahrez, Sane, Aguero.

Position Brighton players
Goalkeepers Ryan, Steele, Button
Defenders Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Schelotto, Montoya, Suttner, Bernardo
Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert, Gross, March, Propper
Forwards Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, Izquierdo

Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross are both out due to injury. Florin Andone is available for selection but may not start in Saturday’s game. 

Potential Brighton starting XI: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Kayal; Knockaert, Propper, Bissouma, March; Murray.

Betting & Match Odds

Manchester City are firm favourites and priced at odds of winning 1/10 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 11/1. A win for the Seagulls is up for 33/1.

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Match Preview

Izzy Brown Brighton 2017-18

Manchester City have had another strong start to the season, only dropping two points in their draw against Wolves, but a win on Saturday could mean a return to the top of the table.

Pep Guardiola was complimentary of the Seagulls’ style of play and believes that a good game against Brighton will help in City’s upcoming fixtures. 

“We know what Brighton has done against United at home – Liverpool at Anfield they were so close [to getting a result]. They have been together a long time, they know what they have to do. They are really well organised,” Guardiola said ahead of Saturday’s fixture. 

“It will be really tough, but we know that and we will try to have a good game. The best way to prepare for Hoffenheim and Liverpool is to play well against Brighton.”

Chris Hughton’s side lost their last game 2-1 to Tottenham and confessed that the Man City game will be a hard one. 

“Along with playing Liverpool away, I would say that this is the toughest game. We did okay in the Liverpool one and might’ve got a result there, so you always have to be positive going into games like this,” Hughton told reporters.
“No-one expects us to get anything from it, so that’s normal and that pressure is taken off, but we want to do as well as we can.
“Irrespective of the different levels between the two teams and their qualities, there isn’t ever any game we go into thinking that we’re going to get beaten. You have to look at the good examples of our performances against the big teams away from home.”

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Arsenal vs Watford: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Arsenal will be hosting Watford at the Emirates on Saturday, fresh off a five-game winning streak that included a win against Brentford in the Carabao Cup.

Watford are fourth place in the league table and better the Gunners by one point and two positions, and will be looking to bounce back from disappointing results against Fulham and Manchester United that followed an opening three wins.

Game Arsenal vs Watford
Date Saturday, September 28
Time 3pm BST / 10am EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game will not be shown on television but will be broadcast on NBC Sports Gold.

US TV channel Online stream
N/A NBC Sports Gold

In the United Kingdom (UK), the will not be available to watch on television or livestreamed.

UK TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Position Arsenal players
Goalkeepers Cech, Leno
Defenders Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Papastathopoulos, Monreal
Midfielders Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil
Forwards Welbeck, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Sead Kolasinac was included on the substitutes bench against Brentford in the Carabao Cup and is also likely to be featured in the squad to face Watford, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is still recovering from an injury.

Laurent Koscielny has returned to light training, though Carl Jenkinson is still sidelined.

Potential Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

Position Watford players
Goalkeepers Gomes, Foster
Defenders Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Janmaat, Ceciliano, Holebas, Kabasele
Midfielders Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Wilmot, Capoue, Femenia, Pereyra
Forwards Deeney, Success, Gray, Okaka

Troy Deeney will be hoping to be fit to face the Gunners after suffering ligament damage in the draw against Fulham, while a fresh knee injury for Daryl Janmaat could see Adam Masina deputise at right-back after playing the full 90 minutes against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.

Potential Watford XI: Foster; Masina, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas; Pereyra, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes; Gray, Deeney.

Betting & Match Odds

Arsenal are priced at odds of winning 9/20 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 41/10. A win for Watford is up for 6/1.

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Match Preview

Troy Deeney Jose Holebas Watford

The Gunners will have been rocked by the uncertainty over Aaron Ramsey’s future at the club after negotiations for a contract renewal were withdrawn and shelved.

Arsenal have a habit of running down players’ contracts until close to their expiry, such as with Mesut Ozil, and Unai Emery has been coy over whether he sees Ramsey as an integral part of his squad going forward.

Watford managed to shock Arsenal and win 2-1 at the death thanks to an injury strike from Deeney at Vicarage Road last season, though the Gunners were able to exact revenge with a 3-0 home win later on in the campaign.

Questions were raised around Emery’s capabilities as Arsenal boss following Arsene Wenger’s departure and opening consecutive losses against Manchester City and Chelsea, but the north London side seem to have steadied the ship despite some early-season turbulence.

Should Arsenal defeat Watford, they would leapfrog them into fourth place if Tottenham fail to beat Huddersfield.

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Griezmann will find form as Atletico improve, says Simeone

Diego Simeone believes that striker Antoine Griezmann will continue to get better as his Atletico Madrid’s form picks up pace this season.

Atletico only managed to muster five points across their first four games of the new campaign in La Liga but have since won three on the bounce, including coming from a goal down to defeat Monaco 2-1 in the first game of the Champions League group stages.

France forward Griezmann has only scored twice domestically this term, but the 27-year-old World Cup winner has also provided three assists in six appearances.

Simeone remains confident that his star striker will only get better as the team grows, with his side preparing for a derby clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“The team is improving and, as a result, the individuals are improving too,” the Argentine said.

“It’s very difficult for a player [Griezmann] to be better when the team is not playing well. They have improved and, so, our key players are growing.”

Asked whether the former Real Sociedad man would be able to help the club to another victory against their biggest rivals, Simeone said that he was hopeful he could make a difference, but stressed that it would not be an easy encounter.

“It will be difficult for all of us to face Real Madrid, but I expect it to be a game which he can make more comfortable for us,” he added.

Atletico sit two points behind leaders Barcelona and Real in La Liga, on level terms with Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol, and know that an away victory will prove vital to their title ambitions.

Simeone’s side has not won the top-tier crown since 2013-14 and are looking to arrest a run of four straight titles between Ernesto Valverde and Julen Lopetegui’s sides.

They are also looking to emulate Real’s run in the Champions League, having downed Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final last season in Lyon, with Griezmann scoring a brace to help secure silverware.

After their derby, Atletico next play Club Brugge in their second European match of the season on October 3, before they host Real Betis in La Liga four days later on October 7.

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Alisson explains Coutinho’s influence on Liverpool move

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson revealed Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho played a big role in his decision to join the Premier League giants.

Alisson, 25, joined Liverpool from Roma in July, and has made a fine start in England.

The shot-stopper was linked to the likes of Real Madrid before his move to Anfield, and the goalkeeper now says Coutinho – who left Liverpool for Barcelona in January after five years at the club – played a part in his decision.

“He spoke highly of Jurgen [Klopp, Liverpool manager] and about the players,” he told reporters.

“He said there is no vanity in the squad but it’s a very ambitious squad with a strong desire to win.

“Coutinho also said he was very happy here with his family, which is really important. Our wives spoke to each other too and they said they had a great time living here, and we are very happy.”

Alisson has helped Liverpool win all six of their Premier League games to start the season, despite a howler against Leicester City earlier this month.

The Brazilian was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho, leading to Leicester’s goal and plenty of criticism.

Despite that mistake, Alisson, whose team visit Chelsea on Saturday, said consistency was his biggest strength.

“I am more mature today, so I deal better with the mistakes than the many times when I locked myself away and wanted to be alone,” he said.

“But if you look at my professional history as a goalkeeper, I am not somebody who makes many mistakes. My game is characterized by consistency.

“That is what has brought me to Liverpool. I like to make simple saves. I don’t make saves for the camera. If the ball is in front of me, I won’t dive. If it’s to the side of me, I will dive to the side.

“My saves are not to show off or Hollywood saves for the camera.”

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Emery confident Ramsey will give his best despite uncertainty over future

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey will deliver for the Premier League club despite uncertainty over his future.

Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the season and talks over a new deal have reportedly broken down .

The Wales international, 27, arrived at Arsenal in 2008 and has made more than 300 appearances for the club.

Despite Ramsey’s contractual situation, Emery believes the midfielder – who has featured in all six of Arsenal’s league games this season – will stay focused.

“I don’t think the situation will affect his performances,” he told reporters ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Watford on Saturday.

“I just want to give him and the players the most stability so that they can be focused only on the games. I spoke about this situation in the pre-season and now it is the same.

“I have known and I’m going to know this same situation again because the football career for a player is very short.

“They are professionals for 10, 12 or 15 years but not more and they need to take the best performance and also work very hard in these years for their future and their family’s future.”

The Arsenal boss has remained tight-lipped on the midfielder’s situation with the club, with Emery offering up a convoluted response when pressed on Ramsey’s situation and if he wanted to keep the Wales star around . 

Emery’s men are on a great run of form at the moment after a difficult opening two weeks of the season, having won their last six games in all competitions and making the Gunners look like real contenders for a top-four finish once again. 

Should Ramsey fail to land a new deal and exit the club next summer there would be no shortage of potential suitors, despite the fact that his time at Arsenal has been seen largely as never living up to its potential. 

The Gunners, however, sit sixth in the Premier League, just six points back of league leaders Liverpool and one point back of Saturday’s opponent Watford. 

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