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Leicester are ultimate inspiration for so-called smaller clubs like Brighton

We travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday still driven on by the way Claudio Ranieri’s side defied the odds in 2016 to lift the Premier League trophy

From Manchester City last Saturday to Leicester City this Saturday, title favourite to former champions, the journey for us at Brighton continues with a visit to the home of what has been called the “greatest story ever told”.

Related: Brighton’s chances of staying up will not depend on spending money | Liam Rosenior

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend’s action

Liverpool’s defensive frailties, Wayne Rooney’s nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester United’s unsung heroes

The excellence of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will attract most attention, but equally crucial was went on around them. Because José Mourinho omitted Ander Herrera – completely unnecessary against opposition likely to sit deep – he could pick an extra attacker, and whether that was Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford, the trident roaming behind Lukaku offered craft, pace, movement and numbers. Last season, though United’s finishing was useless, they also failed to create enough chances, get enough men into dangerous areas, and exploit the qualities of their most talented players. Yesterday, though, they looked menacing throughout and eventually swamped an admittedly poor West Ham; the question now is whether Mourinho will let his team go against better opposition. Daniel Harris

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Hopeful Brighton put their faith in industry and organisation

Premier League newcomers received enthusiastic support on their return to the top flight against Manchester City but need to improve their ball retention

Along the scenic train route that takes fans from Brighton to the Amex Stadium there was noise. Inside the ground there were flags, sing-alongs and a parade of heroes from Brighton and Hove Albion’s less celebrated past geeing up the atmosphere further. The noise did not stop all game and the efforts of the supporters were matched by the players. There was no way Brighton were about to let their Premier League debut pass them by.

In the end Albion were deservedly beaten by Manchester City thanks to Sergio Agüero and a full-blooded own goal from Lewis Dunk. The Seagulls’ last home match in the top flight was against City too, in front of 17,794 at the Goldstone Ground in 1983. A lot has changed in the intervening time. The club lost their stadium in 1997 and nearly went out of the league altogether. In 2000 Brighton and Hove became a city. It was the city council that supported Brighton’s plans for a new 30,000-seat stadium. Many of the crowd that filled the venue on Saturday will be too young to remember the dog days. This is a new club for a new city.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

With the new 2017-18 season in full swing, we have selected 12 of our favourite images from the opening weekend in England’s top flight

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Agüero breaks Brighton’s resistance to give Manchester City a winning start

For Brighton and Hove Albion, this was one of those scenarios when the age-old saying about sport’s value in the taking part rang true. It was never likely to be about the winning, not against Premier League favourites with all the massed qualities that Manchester City bring. In some ways it’s no bad thing this one is ticked off now. Brighton can get on with the task in hand with a different kind of focus.

It was a testing afternoon even if City were not at their slickest. They still possessed more than enough finesse to dominate, cruise through the game, and pick up three points thanks to two late goals.

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Brighton v Manchester City: Premier League – live

6.01pm BST

32 min De Bruyne smacks the free-kick into the wall.

6.01pm BST

31 min Stephens takes a needless shortcut through Silva 25 yards from goal. It’s another free-kick in a good position for De Bruyne, slightly to left of centre.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City: match preview

Brighton make their long-awaited Premier League debut knowing that, while a match against Manchester City may be considered a free hit, home form will be crucial to their survival. A previously slow summer of transfer activity stepped up this week with the arrivals of Davy Pröpper from Ajax and, imminently, the Club Brugge winger José Izquierdo but City have left most others in the dust when it comes to expenditure during this window and Pep Guardiola will want his own side to set down a marker early on. Nick Ames

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

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Brighton and Hove Albion: Seagulls fans get ready for top flight

Flags fly in windows and seagulls decorate buildings all over south coast resort to celebrate club’s promotion to Premier League after 34 years

Dot Purvis remembers the last time Brighton and Hove Albion played in the top flight of football, 34 years ago. To celebrate, the football-mad octogenarian had her whole house painted in the club’s signature blue. But while her collection of seagulls and club paraphernalia in the front garden grew in the intervening years, the paint became faded.

Now it stands resplendent on Ryde Road once again, the sun’s rays reflecting off the stained-glass club badge proudly in the centre of her front door, a blue and white flag floating from an upstairs window. “I thought, I’ve supported them my whole life, and if I got out all my scarves and flags it might help them being up there,” she says mischievously.

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Brighton confirm signing of Davy Pröpper from PSV for club record fee

• Holland midfielder signs four-year contract with Brighton
• Fee for Pröpper believed to be in the region of £10m

Brighton have broken their transfer record to sign Davy Pröpper from PSV Eindhoven.

The Holland midfielder, has signed a four-year contract after joining for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £10m. The 25-year-old’s arrival represents the second time this summer, following the signing of the goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, that Brighton have broken their transfer record.

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Premier League 2017-18 fans’ previews, part 1: Arsenal to Liverpool

Fans have their say on key players, weak leaks and summer spending – and make their predictions for the season ahead
Part two: Manchester City to West Ham

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Liam Rosenior: Brighton have potential to become a top-10 Premier League side

The 33-year-old full-back says Chris Hughton will have the club ready for what awaits them, beginning with the visit of Manchester City

Liam Rosenior is sitting cross-legged on the synthetic turf of Brighton & Hove Albion’s cavernous indoor pitch contemplating a campaign that will test his ability to multitask. His principal focus will be as a player embarking upon a seventh Premier League season, with a fourth different team, and all the associated responsibilities as an experienced older head at a club thrilled to be back after more than three decades outside the elite. Then there is his pursuit of his coaching badges, with a Uefa pro-licence course to be concluded outside on the windswept pitches of the Lancing campus.

Throw in his duties as an active ambassador for Brighton’s community projects or with Show Racism the Red Card and a family life that revolves around his four daughters and it means free time is at a premium. Yet the full-back has added to his workload by writing a weekly column for the Guardian. Rosenior feels there are stories he wants to tell and issues he can address as he enters a 17th season in senior football. “I was brought up in the sport,” he says. “My dad [Leroy] played for West Ham in the 1980s at a time when a more natural connection existed between players and fans. After a game my dad would go into the players’ lounge and we would be there, mixing with the fans. Talking.

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Premier League 2017-18 preview No3: Brighton & Hove Albion

Chris Hughton and Tony Bloom have been made free men of Brighton but the manager and owner know their team begin as one of the relegation favourites

Guardian writers’ predicted position 20th (NB: this is not necessarily Ben Fisher’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position 2nd (Championship)

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Brighton & Hove Albion: a journey from nowhere to the Premier League – video

In April 1997 Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club were rendered homeless due to the sale of the Goldstone Ground. Further to that they were teetering on the brink of relegation from the Football League. Since then they have achieved an improbable …

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League pre-season tours: a feast for fans in far-flung destinations

The international pre-season trip has become a way not just for English clubs to make money, but to open themselves up to supporters around the world

It is not only superfans of the elite who are catered for in the modern era of the pre-season international extravaganza. Mansfield Town are warming up for the new League Two campaign in Malta, and the club offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to their supporters including travel with the players on a private Stags Air jet, an invitation to an exclusive barbecue, and five-star hotel stay, all for a mere £3,000. Mansfield beat a Malta Players Association XI 5-0 in the baking heat over the weekend. What better way to build up to the new dawn that 2017-18 might bring?

The pre-season tour has become a significant moment in any club’s calendar. While managers might pine for more serene preparation with the emphasis on fine-tuning the bodies of athletes to handle the upcoming months of relentless competition, pre-season as an event is here to stay. You can imagine marketing gurus sticking pins in maps and circling dates years in advance. Certainly at elite level, for clubs who gear themselves towards growing their international fanbase, summer tours are now extensively planned. There are millions to be made in appearance money, sponsors are granted special access that is more difficult to accommodate in the season proper, and brand building with long distance or new fans is championed.

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Arsenal v Leicester to be first Friday night start to Premier League season

• Emirates game to kick off season on 11 August at 7.45pm
• Bournemouth to host Brighton on Friday 15 September

The Premier League season will kick off on a Friday night for the first time, with Arsenal against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium having been chosen for the somewhat contentious slot by Sky TV.

The definition of the opening weekend has been stretched, with Arsenal to host the curtain-raiser at 7.45pm on Friday 11 August. The league has announced the changes to the schedule driven by the TV companies and the standout detail is the earlier than expected start.

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Premier League transfers club by club: done deals, targets and likely departures

Who has signed whom? Who wants what? Who could be leaving? Your guide to every team in England’s top flight as the transfer window hots up

What has happened so far?

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Premier League transfers club by club: done deals, targets and likely departures

Who has signed whom? Who wants what? Who could be leaving? Your guide to every team in England’s top flight as the transfer window hots up

What has happened so far?

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