English Premier League

Brentford vs Manchester City: Match Preview, team news, key facts and predicted lineup

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With Matchday 20 of the Premier League set to kick-off, the league leaders Manchester City travel to Brentford Community Stadium to face Brentford in their final Premier League match of the year on Wednesday.

Manchester City come into the clash after an exciting and high scoring 6-3 win over Leicester City. The win moves Manchester City six points clear of Liverpool in second place in the league table. But Liverpool still have one game in hand compared to City.

Brentford’s last league game was a disappointing 2-0 loss against Brighton. While Brentford have missed their last two Premier League games before the Brighton clash was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the league. The Bees have made a fine start into the Premier League season. They currently sit 13th in the league table with 20 points from 17 league games.

The Bees will be hoping to continue their fine league start and cause an upset on Wednesday. While Pep Guardiola’s side are on top form and will be looking to thrash any side on current form.

Key facts

  • The last top-flight meeting between the bees and the cityzens was way back in the 1937-38 season. Brentford won both home and away that season.
  • The bees have won 50% of their league games against reigning English league champions.
  • This is the first meeting between Brentford and Manchester City in any format since January 1997. City won the clash 1-0.
  • Manchester City have won their last three away league games against promoted sides with an aggregate score of 11-1.
  • The cityzens are on a five-match winning streak in the Premier League.
  • City have scored 17 goals in their last three league games.
  • Brentford have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five matches in all competitions.

Team news

Brentford Manchester, Six Sports

Kyle Walker and Rodri both did not pass fitness against Leicester but will be hoping to at least make the bench for the Brentford clash. John Stones remains a major doubt. Phil Foden and Jack Grealish will be hoping to be recalled to the starting line-up by Pep Guardiola after their layoff.

Brentford have Zanka, Kristoffer Ajer, Josh Dasilva, Rico Henry, Charlie Goode and David Raya on the treatment table. French forward Bryan Mbeumo was taken off injured in the Brighton clash and remains a major doubt for the City clash.

Vitaly Janelt remains a major doubt after testing positive for Covid-19. While Christian Norgaard is suspended for the clash. Yoane Wissa will be hoping for a start in Mbeumo’s absence.

Predicted lineup

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Brentford

Fernandez; Pinnock, Sorensen, Jansson; Canos, Onyeka, Baptiste, Jensen, Thompson; Wissa, Toney

Manchester City

Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Ake, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Jesus, Foden, Grealish

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