Manchester City vs Brighton: Manchester City are huge favourites to beat Brighton at the Etihad this Saturday but Graham Potter has delivered an upset or two in the past – just ask anyone from Galatasaray.
Potter will take charge of just his fourth Premier League match against the champions and he will take inspiration from a Europa League Cup second qualifying round back in 2017.
Galatasaray may not be on the same level as Pep Guardiola’s men but at the time Potter’s former club Ostersund, had an annual turnover of £4.2m – compared to Galatasaray’s £168m.
The Arctic winds that blow through the Swedish city of Ostersund are known as a “nordvästan” and the Turkish champions felt the full force from Potter’s team at the Jämtkraft Arena. They were blown away 2-0 in the first leg and Ostersund finished the job in Istanbul with a 1-1 draw.
“To beat them over two legs was probably the biggest one (upset) for me,” said Potter, emphasising the two-legs proudly. “For a club like Ostersund to beat them, was big.”
Asked if that gives him hope ahead of the City clash, Potter added, “It’s a bit sad if you can’t believe (an upset is possible). You have to be respectful of course, with what they have achieved but you always have to believe there is a possibility and that’s what is great about football. If we lose that, then it all becomes a bit dull.”
“We will need to be lucky, without a doubt,” said the head coach. “And you need to be perfect, play perfectly and respond perfectly and you also have to hope that they are not so good. It sounds easy but you have to have an idea and a belief that you can go on the pitch and win.
“If you have to say one thing, it is their collective strength. They are a team with good individual players but they fight for everything. Everybody sacrifices themselves for the team.”
Few give Albion a hope. Brighton are a huge 45-1 to get the win and a draw is 12-1. Potter however, dares to dream and he has of course delivered notable upsets. The weather forecast for Manchester on Saturday is wind and rain…City be warned, it could turn in to a nordvästan.