Manchester City 4-0 Bright & Hove Albion as it happened: Guardiola's men dispatch of Seagulls in routine win
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Manchester City 4-0 Bright & Hove Albion as it happened: Guardiola's men dispatch of Seagulls in routine win

Follow live as Manchester City host Brighton at the Etihad Stadium. Kick-off 15:00 BST on Saturday. 

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Man of the Match
Sergio Aguero is my Man of the Match. The Argentine was a menace throughout, and eventually picked up two goals as well as an assist.
Full-time: Man City 4-0 Brighton
Another game, another win for Guardiola's City.

Leading from the first minute, eventually saw the Citizens win comfortably.

Brighton can be happy with their efforts, although will be disappointed to lose by four given their positivity in possession.

There will be two additional minutes at the end of the 90.
Brighton get men forward and Gross whips the ball in.

Ederson palms the ball away from Murray and City keep their clean sheet intact. 

The Blues just running down the clock, keeping the ball and trying to ensure they get the clean sheet.
Goal! Bernardo makes it four
Bernardo scores with his first touch! The Portuguese winger strikes low past Ryan from inside the area.
David Silva is replaced by Bernardo Silva. 
Another change for Brighton - Trossard is replaced by Gross.
De Bruyne is replaced by Gundogan.

A well-deserved rest following a terrific display today.

A double change for Brighton - Maupay and Bernardo are replaced by Connolly and Murray.
Brilliant play from City as Mahrez loops the ball over the Brighton defence towards de Bruyne who fires over the bar on the volley.
City's corner falls to Aguero, who miss-hits his shot at goal before Sterling fires wide from a tough angle from close range.
Brighton looking to get forward and cause issues for City, although the champions are defending well in numbers, whilst looking for the counter.
Goal! Aguero gets his second
Sensational Aguero!

The Argentine picks the ball up off Silva on the edge of the area and stunningly plants the ball in the top corner. 

Game over.

Another great chance for Trossard as he is picked out by Maupay.

The winger takes a touch when he would've been better hitting it first time, and is closed down by Fernandinho.

We're back underway in the second half!

No changes for either side at the break.

Half-time: Man City 2-0 Brighton
The champions lead 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from de Bruyne and Aguero.

Brighton have held their own in the first half and surprisingly have had a lot of the ball - Potters men will be disappointed to be two behind.

There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the first 45.
Great chance for Brighton to fire their way back into the game.

The ball drops to Trossard at the back stick, although Ederson is out to him quickly to block his shot.

Goal! City get their second!
City double their lead through Aguero!

De Bruyne picks up the ball after Mahrez's clever flick and picks out Aguero, who dummies past Dunk before smashing past Ryan!

Fernandinho is on to replace Laporte.
Laporte is still down and the stretcher is on.

He has been called up to the French squad and heavily praised by Guardiola this week - a huge shame and a big blow for City.

Laporte brings down Webster, injures his knee and is booked for his efforts.
A great chance for City to double their lead!

Sterling bursts into life, beats his man and picks out David Silva who, five yards out, somehow screws his shot wide.

Brighton getting more of a foot on the ball, showing the bravery that few teams do att the Etihad in playing out from the back.

Potter will be happy with his side's effort thus far, despite being behind.

De Bruyne strikes from distance, just wide of Ryan's goal. The champions knocking on the door for a second!
Mahrez's clever corner picks out Zinchenko on the edge of the box, before City's left-back miss-hits his shot and the ball goes behind safely for a goal kick.
Mahrez picks the ball up and brilliantly beats Bernardo with his first touch on the halfway line.

The Algerian drives forward, cuts inside and strikes at goal, although Ryan saves comfortably.

Mahrez picks out Aguero's run in behind, however the Argentine strikes wide, across goal, from a tight angle. 

You can imagine it won't be the last chance City's record scorer gets today!

Brighton work the ball out from right to left, where overlapping Burn whips in a low cross, although it is gathered easily by Ederson.
A run from de Bruyne is this time picked up by Brighton, as Burn heads away from the Belgian.

City's goalscorer appealed for a penalty, although nothing is given.

Following the goal, City have continued to dominate the majority of possession.

Brighton, at the moment, just looking to stay in the game!

Goal! City take the lead!
City take the lead inside the first minute!

Silva receives the ball on the right following his run into the left-wing, before pulling it back into the box where de Bruyne sat to tap home. Perfect start!

We're underway!
Teams are in the tunnel
The teams are in the tunnel and we're almost ready for kick-off at the Etihad!
Team news is in!
Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodrigo, De Bruyne, D Silva; Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Burn, Dunk, Webster, Montoya; Propper, Stephens, Bernardo, March, Maupay; Trossard.

Back closer to kick-off
I'll be back with more updates as the action unfolds from the Etihad closer to kick-off, starting with team news from 14:00 BST.
Predicted XI's
Man City predicted XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, B. Silva, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero.​

Brighton predicted XI: ​Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, March; Stephens, Propper; Trossard, Gross, Murray.

Seagulls team news
Graham Potter will be without Andone after he was sent off vs Southampton last week for a wild lunge.

The south coasters will also be without Jose Izquierdo and Ezequiel Schelotto, who are suffering from knee injuries, whilst Yves Bissouma is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Citizens team news
Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy will miss this encounter due to thigh injuries, whilst Leroy Sane is also injured with a cruciate ligament rupture.

John Stones could return to the City squad, although will face a late fitness test, meaning he is unlikely to start.

Brighton back to winning ways?
Following an impressive 3-0 victory over Watford on the opening day of the season, the Seagulls will be disappointed to have drawn at home to West Ham United, and then be beaten 2-0 by Southampton.

Whilst this is undoubtedly Brighton's toughest test yet, any points would be a great achievement, and could keep them in the top half heading into the international break.

City top of the league?
City have started off their season with two away wins and a draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur, meaning they currently sit second, two points behind Liverpool.

A victory here would boost City into first place ahead of Jurgen Klopp's men trip to Burnley later in the day - an added incentive for Pep Guardiola's men.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion. I'm Josh Slinger and I'll be taking you through all the action as it unfolds from the Etihad Stadium.