The south coast club's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by City on May 7 1983. "We go to sign and other clubs are always going to ask us for more".
"Pep Guardiola's challenge can be crystallised into a simple question: will the manager allow Manchester City to defend this season?" says Jamie Jackson of The Guardian. There's a gulf between Albion and City. After Gillingham we came back to Brighton and I remember having to bring the printer in on a match day to Withdean and we used to print the tickets. We bought three and the market is so demanding for all the teams, not just City.
And, if you're so bleeding clever, why don't you ply us with a few of your own predictions for 2017/18.
"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".
City still have Fernandinho and Yaya Toure available in central midfield, while Danilo was also signed during the summer from Real Madrid and will likely fill in at left-back, with Kyle Walker operating on the other flank.
"We spent the first three months in the bottom places". We are here to win games and titles. 'I feel the same pressure as I had last season. The league is shaping up to be one of the best to date. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".
"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs".
Here, we identify five English youngsters with big seasons ahead of them. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.
"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".
'It's going to finish.
The same opponents - and hot favourites for the Premier League title under Pep Guardiola - return south today (5.30pm) to the sold-out Amex with Hughton urging his troops to embrace the 38 tests facing them to achieve the goal this season of survival.
While City are still open to offers for him, Guardiola is involving Mangala with the first-team squad and the France defender could yet stay at the club.
"I think if you see the team last season and this season, the four [pre-season] games we played, the fundamentals are the same", he said.
City have spent nearly £150m on the current transfer window and only one of his five signings to date has not been to strengthen his back-line. If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy.