Brighton and Hove Albion host Manchester City in their final match of the season on Sunday afternoon, but they will be without two big players for the Amex Stadium clash.

The Seagulls confirmed their Premier League status for another term last week, when their rivals Crystal Palace beat Cardiff City, although the Sussex side would have done it themselves the following day with their draw against Arsenal.

Brighton know that they will be playing a significant role in the outcome of the Premier League title, as if they avoid defeat to Manchester City they will open the door for Liverpool to be crowned champions.

If the Seagulls are going to help out the Anfield outfit, they will have to do it without a couple of first-team players as Davy Propper and Jose Izquierdo are both going to be absent.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton confirmed that the pair would be missing for the clash with the Premier League leaders, when he addressed the media ahead of the contest.

“Davy Propper and Jose Izquierdo will miss the game this weekend – they’re our only two absentees.” The club’s official Twitter feed quotes him as saying.

It will be an emotional afternoon at the Amex Stadium regardless of the result against the team who recently beat the Seagulls in the FA Cup semi-final.

That is because Brighton captain Bruno has announced he will retire from football after the contest. The veteran right-back is a popular figure in Sussex, and he is sure to get a huge send off from the home crowd once the final whistle has blown.

Manchester City have won both meetings with the Seagulls this season, with the second of those coming in that semi-final at Wembley last month. Chris Hughton’s men will be looking to avoid a fifth consecutive loss to the Citizens overall on Sunday afternoon.


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