Mark Lawrenson names key mistake that could cost Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of Man City clash

Brighton & Hove Albion face the daunting challenge of taking on Manchester City this weekend, who head into the game fresh off the back of thrashing Newcastle United 5-0.

Friday, 10th July 2020, 11:00 am
Updated Friday, 10th July 2020, 11:00 am
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Writing for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson criticised the Seagulls for their bold approach in their midweek loss to Liverpool, and opted for a 3-0 City win.

He claimed: "This is a tough little spell for Brighton. They were naive early on against Liverpool on Wednesday - will their manager Graham Potter make the same mistake against Manchester City?

"Yes, it's great to play out from the back but, against Liverpool, the Seagulls knew they were playing a team who press you so well, so why take so many chances?"

He continued: "Maybe just concentrate on keeping it at 0-0 for the first 15 minutes or so, put the ball in the channels, and ensure you clear your lines properly until you see how the game is going.

"Instead, they made it too easy for Liverpool, and I can see the same thing happening to them again against City.

"If they overdo it in their own half, they will play themselves into trouble. And, once you've gifted these top teams a couple of goals, good luck getting back into the game."

The last time the two sides met, back in August, Pep Guardiola's side ran out 4-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero sealing the three points for City.