The south coast club's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by City on May 7 1983.
All three have the pace to change defence into attack quickly, something City lacked in the full-back positions last season.
"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to". We knew this at eight and nine, genuinely.
Manchester City striker Jesus is firm friends with his fellow Sao Paolo native and both carry the hopes of the most successful worldwide team in history having starred in their gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics. There's a gulf between Albion and City.
Frustrated by Newcastle's failure to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who instead joined Chelsea, Benitez tried to shame Ashley into action. But a tense finale was in store when Dortmund got back to 3-2 and they nicked a leveller right at the death.
The major priority is going to be winning the Premier League for a start.
Champions: Manchester City. Pep's boys just look to have so many goals in their team and Ederson in goal could make a massive difference at the back.
"There won't be too many betting shops throughout the country that would put us outside the bottom three".
That this season's opener finds both clubs in rude good health is in sharp contrast to those gloom-laden days of strife and ill repute. A trip to Brighton should be an opening day win - but history suggests it will be far from easy.
The Barcelona wing-back had struggled for first team football but played 47 matches last season for the Catalan giants. If the club decides he is not able, we are going to take a solution. We had a very good first half, a good intensity like I wanted. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.
Champions: I can't see further than a three-way battle between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Verdict: Brighton are also expected to return to championship but if they manage a solid start against City in their first game, it may give them some belief.
"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".
Guardiola will be hoping to improve upon last season's third placed finish. The two sides met in the 2008-09 League Cup, roughly three weeks after the takeover by Sheikh Mansour, at a time when there were two divisions between them.
"I would like to pay less for the club, for everybody, but the market is the market", said the City manager. I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast.style="text-align: center;"