Premier League – Season Continues – Manchester City v Brentford on Match-day 16
Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, as Man City host Brentford in the Premier League.
Brentford are hopeful of taking point sand moving up the table when they visit Man City, as eleventh place takes on second in the League.
Manchester City go into this game with 32 points secured
Man City will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Fulham 2-1 in their last fixture.
Also, Man City keep finding ways to win, having secured 10 victories in their last 13 games is astonishing this season, which has contributed significantly to their rise up the table. With 32 points, they currently sit second in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 10 wins, 1 losses and 2 draws having won 10 meetings, drawn two matches, and lost one game.
Brentford will have to defy the odds when they travel to Man City, if they are to get anything out of the game. With Man City having won seven fixtures this season at home, this is a huge ask.
Manchester City will have 35 points if they manage to secure a victory.
A solid defensive team
Man City have a solid defence, having only conceded 12 goals in their previous matches. Man City have one of the best goal scoring records in the League. So far, they have scored 39 goals (36 from open play and three penalties). Their stand out attacking players have been Erling Haaland (18), Phil Foden (6), and Kevin De Bruyne (3).
Man City’s squad has depth, but even so, Pep Guardiola is likely to be missing two of they key players when they start Saturday’s game.
This season’s Premier League campaign, has so far seen Brentford achieve 16 points
Brentford have dropped four points in their last two encounters – 2-2 at Nottingham Forest and 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Also, Brentford seem unable to get over the line on a consistent basis, with two draws in two games. Now they have 3 matches won, 4 games lost and 7 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in eleventh place, with a total of 16 points having won three matches, drawn seven meetings, and lost four games.
Brentford’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Man City. In the 7 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far drawn four meetings and lost three matches.
Winning this fixture will see Brentford on 19 points.
Good Attacking Performance
Brentford have a good scoring record this season, with 21 netted so far (17 from open play and four penalties). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Ivan Toney (8), Yoane Wissa (3), and Bryan Mbeumo (3). Teams that leak goals on a consistent basis, don’t tend to win anything, such is the situation with Brentford so far, having conceded 24 goals in their last fixtures so far.
Brentford are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Thomas Frank is concerned that Saturday’s fixture could see him without seven of his key players
Manchester City v Brentford – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels Man City and Brentford have faced each other two times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Man City’s favour (2 – 0). Additionally, Man City are unbeaten in their last two games at the Etihad Stadium against Brentford. In their most recent meeting of this fixture Manchester City secured a 2-0 home win.
Players to watch
For Man City, Erling Haaland contributed with18 goals in 13 League matches so far, while Ivan Toney scoredeight goals in 14 League games this campaign for Brentford.
Other players of note for Man City are Erling Haaland and Phil Foden with 18 goals both and for Brentford are Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo with three goals and three goals respectively.