After what was a really good pre-season, Saturday will see what Manchester City have to offer this season.

Away on the first day against a newly-promoted side is not as easy as it might seem on paper as many other established clubs have found out over the years.

Last season, newly-promoted Hull City secured a 2-1 win as they hosted, then Champions, Leicester City. The season before it was Everton who could only manage a draw at home to Watford.

With Brighton returning to the top flight after a 34-year absence, Guardiola would be foolish to underestimate Chris Hughton’s side. Also, considering this will be the first ever Premier League game for the Seagulls and if City do not spoil the party early it could be a tough evening.

Personally, I think City will start bright and have too much for the Albion. The difference will tell at the end but, historically, are there ties that bind the two sides together.

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