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Brighton boss Graham Potter admires Man City's "humility"

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Brighton have lost all six of their league encounters with Pep Guardiola's side since winning promotion back to the top flight in 2017.

Brighton boss Graham Potter believes Wednesday's night's opponents Manchester City are fast-approaching their best.

Potter's battle-weary side have had little time to recover from Sunday's FA Cup exertions when they needed a penalty shoot-out to squeeze past Newport.

They now bid to steer clear of the Premier League's bottom three and head to the Etihad Stadium with a depleted squad to face City, who have won their last six matches.

"They're in a really good moment," Potter said. "The Chelsea game in particular was one of the best games I have seen from a performance perspective, they were fantastic.

"They have been solid, they don't concede much, defensively they are very sound and the fluidity that you associate with them has been getting better and better as you'd expect, they're a top team."

Brighton have lost all six of their league encounters with Pep Guardiola's side since winning promotion back to the top flight in 2017, beaten 4-0 and 5-0 last season.

They also lost 1-0 to City at Wembley in their FA Cup semi-final in 2019.

Gabriel Jesus, centre, headed the only goal when Brighton lost out to City in the 2019 FA Cup semi-finals (Nick Potts/PA)

"We feel that we have improved, certainly performance-wise, results-wise we haven't," Potter said. "That's the challenge for us, we have to improve that.

"Performance-wise we have got better, funnily enough the game at the Etihad last season we were quite satisfied with, even though the scoreline was 4-0.

"It's a fantastic challenge, they're one of the best teams in European football. What better way than to play against that sort of opposition?"

Manchester City won the corresponding fixture 4-0 last season (Nick Potts/PA)

Potter, whose side sit one place and three points above the relegation zone, admires City's work ethic as much as their individual talent.

"They have lots of top individuals, but collectively they're an amazing outfit, all credit to Pep and his staff for that," he said.

"They've not just got the talent, the tactical flexibility, just the attacking football, there's an attitude to run, to fight, to work hard, there's a humility about the team.

Yves Bissouma, right, will miss the game at the Etihad through suspension (Mike Hewitt/PA)

"They go about their work in an amazing way, they're worthy Premier League champions for two of the last three years, they're a fantastic team."

Potter, without suspended midfielder Yves Bissouma, is hoping Iran forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh can recover from a knock after being forced off during Sunday's cup-tie.

Adam Lallana (illness), Danny Welbeck (knee), Aaron Connolly and Tariq Lamptey (both hamstring) all remain sidelined, but Colombia midfielder Steven Alzate has recovered from illness and could return to the bench.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd17113334241036
2Liverpool1796237211633
3Manchester CityMan City1695225131232
4Leicester CityLeicester17102531211032
5Everton1710252821732
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs1786330161430
7Southampton178542619729
8Aston Villa1582529161326
9Chelsea1775532211126
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham177552421326
11Arsenal187382019124
12Leeds UnitedLeeds177283033-323
13Crystal Palace186572229-723
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves186481926-722
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle175481827-919
16Burnley16448921-1216
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton182882129-814
18Fulham162681424-1012
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1715111139-288
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd181215929-205
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