Brighton vs Manchester City confirmed team news: Riyad Mahrez starts and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench as champions search for victory to retain Premier League title

CONFIRMED

Victory at the Amex will see Pep Guardiola’s men become the first side to retain the title in a decade

Manchester City handed Riyad Mahrez a start ahead of Leroy Sane at Brighton as the Citizens close in on the Premier League title.

And the defending champions are buoyed by the return of Kevin De Bruyne, with the Belgium international making his injury comeback and earning  a place on the bench.

Kevin De Bruyne is on the bench for Man City

Kevin De Bruyne is on the bench for Man City

Pep Guardiola’s men have been on a blistering run and know a 14th straight victory will see them crowned champions once again.

Should City win at the Amex, then Liverpool’s result against Wolves at Anfield will be irrelevant given they are already a point ahead before the start of play.

The last time a side was able to retain the Premier League trophy was when Sir Alex Ferguson managed it with rivals United in 2008 and 2009.

After Liverpool’s late win against Newcastle on Saturday night, City responded perfectly at home to Leicester courtesy of a stunning strike from Vincent Kompany.

Riyad Mahrez has a chance to shine for City at Brighton

Riyad Mahrez has a chance to shine for City at Brighton

Here’s how the teams line up on the south coast.

Brighton XI: Ryan, Bruno (C), Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Murray

Subs: Button, Burn, Bong, Montoya, Mulumby, Locaadia, Andone

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Stones, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi, Jesus

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