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  1. Man City 2-0 Burnley: Fantasy football top performers, published at12:06

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    Manchester City cruised to a 2-0 win over Burnley in the latest round of Premier League fixtures - but who were the top fantasy football performers from the match?

    Unsurprisingly, the bonus points all went to City players:

    • Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva (3)

    • Zack Steffen (1)

    So which City and Clarets players - if any - should be making it into your team for gameweek nine? Don't forget this week's deadline is 18:30 BST on Friday before Arsenal face Aston Villa.

    Read Alistair Bruce-Ball's fantasy football tips to find out

    And listen to the Fantasy 606 podcast on BBC Sounds

  2. Another successful Seagulls encounter for Sterling?, published at11:13

    Raheem Sterling has scored four goals in four Premier League starts against Brighton, netting a hat-trick on his last visit to Amex Stadium in July 2020
  3. Premier League fixtures at a glance, published at10:41

    Premier League fixtures: Arsenal v Aston Villa (Fri, 20:00 BST), Chelsea v Norwich (Sat, 12:30 BST), Crystal Palace V Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST), Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST), Leeds v Wolves (Sat, 15:00 BST), Southampton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST), Brighton v Man City (Sat, 17:30 BST), Brentford v Leicester (Sun, 14:00 BST), West Ham v Tottenham (Sun, 14:00 BST), Man Utd v Liverpool (Sun, 16:30 BST)
  4. Brighton v Manchester City: Last time out, published at15:06 21 October

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    Brighton host Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend - but what happened when the two teams last met in the top flight?

    Brighton came back from two goals down to beat the newly-crowned champions Manchester City 3-2 at Amex Stadium in their penultimate match of the 2020-21 season in May.

    Ilkay Gundogan scored a second-minute opener but City were a man down after 10 minutes following a red card for Joao Cancelo.

    Phil Foden's superb solo effort put the visitors 2-0 up - but Leandro Trossard gave Brighton hope before Adam Webster headed the hosts level and Dan Burn sent the home fans into raptures with the winner after 76 minutes.

  5. Brighton v Man City: What does the form show?, published at12:16 21 October

    Brighton v Man City form in past five games: Brighton - draws v Norwich, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, wins v Swansea and Leicester. Man City - wins v Club Bruges and Burnley, draw v Liverpool, loss v PSG, win v Chelsea
    • Each of Brighton’s last three Premier League games have finished level, with their last two finishing 0-0. Since their promotion to the competition in 2017, the Seagulls have had more draws (53) and more goalless draws (19) than any other side in the competition.

    • Since their 3-2 defeat against Brighton in May, Manchester City have conceded just three further goals in their nine Premier League games (won six, drawn two, lost one), keeping seven clean sheets in that run. Including that loss at Brighton, each of the Citizens’ last seven goals conceded in the competition have come in the second half of games.

    • Between them, City (12) and Brighton (21) have faced the fewest shots on target in the Premier League this season, while they are also two of the three sides to have the lowest xG against totals in the competition this term (City 4.8, Brighton 8.1).

  6. Brighton v Man City: Who makes your City team?, published at17:28 20 October

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    Manchester City visit Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, but who will make it into Pep Guardiola's starting XI?

    You'll be able to pick - and share on social media - your own line-up for every Premier League game throughout the campaign.

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your City team to face Brighton

  7. History made as Richards makes MOTD top 10, published at16:17 20 October

    Micah Richards and Kyle WalkerImage source, Getty Images

    This week represents a landmark moment in the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast - Micah Richards has made it on to a list!

    Yes, in the latest episode, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Richards himself are ranking the greatest Premier League full-backs - with the former Manchester City defender just about making the cut in 10th place.

    The former England international came through the youth ranks at City and helped them to glory in the FA Cup in 2010-11 and their first Premier League title the season after.

    A current Manchester City player also makes the list. Kyle Walker is ranked fifth by Richards and sixth by Shearer.

    Richards on Richards: "If I had stayed fit, I fancy myself against any of the others on this list, I really do. All-round, maybe not the modern-day full-back. But I didn't stay fit enough."

    Shearer on Richards: "Yeah, but for the injuries, Micah would have been right up there."

    Richards on Walker: "People say 'but if he didn't have pace...' - but he does have pace and he knows how to use it. I know over the years he has made mistakes that people hang on to but look at his consistency, his improvement... and he has medals now."

    Who else made the cut?

    And listen to how they reached their final list in Match of the Day: Top 10 on BBC Sounds

  8. Does Sterling face a tough decision?, published at14:17 20 October

    Raheem Sterling featured from the bench for Manchester City in their Champions League win at Club Bruges and his place in Pep Guardiola's plans continues to be a point of debate.

    Sterling has scored just once so far this season and the England forward has found himself being rotated as Guardiola looks to use the abundance of attacking talent at his disposal.

    "You should be disappointed you are not playing and that's a good thing," former Everton and Chelsea winger Pat Nevin told BBC Sounds' Football Daily podcast.

    "But it's a hard decision to make. It's a short career, it doesn't last a long time. Sterling and others are at the peak of their game and they are not playing football.

    "There is a part of me that thinks I don't know how I could cope with that. I know it's one of the best teams around but I'd be thinking 'I just want to play football'. I think that's a really difficult moment and eventually you have to make those decisions.

    "I personally hope Raheem stays and there will be enough games this season but it is hard for a player. If any player said 'I have to leave', never would I complain about him doing that."

    For more discussion about Sterling listen to the full episode of Football Daily (from 28'00) on BBC Sounds

  9. 'Palmer is top class and special', published at13:07 20 October

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    Manchester City's Cole Palmer scored his first Champions League goal in the win at Club Bruges and the 19-year-old's name is now on the lips of many.

    Palmer curled home City's fourth goal from the edge of the box in a 5-1 canter and his display earned praise, external from boss Pep Guardiola as well as plenty of impressed pundits.

    Former Chelsea and Everton winger Pat Nevin told BBC Sounds' Football Daily podcast: "Every now and then a player comes along and you think right, it's not 'maybe he will break through' it's 'when'.

    "He is absolutely a top-class player in the making. Great vision and his energy is fantastic. If at that age you can walk into that Man City team and look perfectly at home, you are special, absolutely special.

    "I've not seen all parts of his game yet. This is the second time I have seen him live. It's a lovely feeling to know he's on the cusp. City fans will know but other fans who haven't seen him, what a joy you have here, it doesn't happen too often. I'm really going to look forward to the next months and years of his career."

    Listen to more City discussion (from 26'00) on the full Football Daily podcast on BBC Sounds

  10. Brighton v Man City: Head-to-head stats, published at11:06 20 October

    Brighton v Manchester City Premier League head-to-head record, eight games. Brighton: 1 win, 5 goals, 0 clean sheets. Man City: 7 wins, 23 goals, 5 clean sheets.
    • Having lost their first seven Premier League games against Manchester City by an aggregate score of 21-2, Brighton came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in their most recent such meeting in May.

    • City have never lost back-to-back league meetings with Brighton, overall losing just four of their 22 previous such games against the Seagulls (won 14, drawn four, lost four).

    • Brighton scored more goals in their most recent match against Manchester City (three) than they had in their previous eight games against them in all competitions (two).

  11. Mahrez strikes again in Europe, published at10:39 20 October

    Riyad Mahrez has scored seven goals in his last seven Champions League matches, and has scored more goals against Club Bruges than any other side in the competition (five in three games)
  12. 'He has a talent that is difficult to find', published at10:25 20 October

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  13. Walker bags first Champions League goal, published at10:13 20 October

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  14. King Cole and Joao the Great, published at09:21 20 October

    Mike Minay, BBC Radio Manchester

    That was a bit of a statement from Manchester City for many reasons.

    Joao Cancelo turned what was an average-at-best performance against Burnley into an outstanding one against Club Bruges. He is showing why he's so valuable in a Pep Guardiola team. The goal - from his chest control to the decisive shot - sensational.

    Phil Foden has got to be one of the hottest properties on the planet right now. His ability across the midfield and front line is mesmeric. Touch, pace, skill, precision, vision.

    Cole Palmer will follow the path of Foden. The 19-year-old is getting increasingly more game time - and when he gets it, he takes it. His first senior goal against Wycombe last month was matched against Bruges with a lovely finish from outside the box, tucked around the goalkeeper. Again, blessed with pace and drive, I look forward to watching his development.

    As for the performance, it's put them in control of finishing top of the group. It was a win they needed. Pep should be happy.

  15. Club Bruges 1-5 Man City: The pick of the stats, published at08:22 20 October

    Riyad Mahrez in action for Manchester City against Club BrugesImage source, Getty Images
    • Manchester City have won 35 of their 53 matches in the Champions League under Pep Guardiola (drawn seven, lost 11), with only Bayern Munich (39) winning more games in the competition since the Spaniard took over in 2016-17.

    • Club Bruges have failed to win any of their past 13 matches against English sides in Europe (drawn three, lost 10) since beating Chelsea at home in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995 – they have conceded 35 goals across those 13 games.

    • This was the 19th time a Guardiola side has scored five or more goals in a Champions League match, more than twice as many times as any other manager's sides have done (Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson, eight).

  16. Club Bruges 1-5 Man City: Guardiola urges patience over Palmer, published at22:58 19 October

    Judging by his latest comments, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola must be as good a chef as he is a football manager.

    After watching 19-year-old Cole Palmer become the latest City academy graduate to grab the headlines by scoring his first Champions League goal against Club Bruges on Tuesday, Guardiola compared player development to cooking.

    "The people in this world want things immediately, quick, but everything needs time," he said.

    "You cannot cook a good dish if you don't spend time in the kitchen. So, take time."

    Palmer had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he produced a brilliant finish for City's fourth in their 5-1 win in Belgium.