Manchester City come into this match as firm favourites to win after their 2-0 win against Chelsea in midweek. Manchester City are on fine form in the league and will go top provisionally with a win in this match. The most concerning part about playing Manchester City for Brentford in this match is the return of Erling Haaland, after missing the match against Brighton and only playing the final 27 minutes against Fulham, Haaland will almost certainly be fully fit again and will start in this match. In fact, Guardiola has very few selection issues right now, with only Kyle Walker out injured for this match and with no further matches till after the World Cup, there is no need for him to rest anyone for this match.
Thomas Frank’s side are going through a tough patch lately, they have gone 4 Premier League games without a win and while they sit in 11th in the league, this is only 4 points clear of 18th placed Southampton. Considering that, this is probably the last team Brentford want to play right now, particularly away from home and Frank will just want this game over so that he can have a month for some injured players to come back before the league restarts.
Manchester City v Brentford Bet Builder Tips
✅ Manchester City (-1 Handicap)
Manchester City are so strong yet again this season and at home they are effectively unbeatable. They have won 16 matches in a row at the Etihad in all competitions and haven’t lost in the league there since February. Of these 16 wins, 12 were by at least a 2-goal margin and this dominance is likely to extend into this match. Brentford have a real job on their hands travelling to the Etihad. They have won just 1 of their last 9 matches in all competitions and only won away from home once this season, against Colchester in the Carabao Cup. Thomas Frank will not be happy with his team’s recent performances but the position they are in is not so bad, therefore some of the Brentford players may already be focusing on the World Cup or are mentally on holiday. Meanwhile, due to Arsenal’s form it is imperative that Manchester City keep on winning and they will want to ensure that in the worst case scenario they are within 2 points of Arsenal when they return after the World Cup. Manchester City will go for this match and are so good at home that a comfortable win should be expected, therefore Manchester City (-1) seems like a good selection for this match.
⚽ Erling Haaland to Score Anytime
Erling Haaland To Score Erling Haaland started the season on fire and he will be back to his best now he is fully recovered from his injury. His stats this season are ridiculous, 16 matches played, 23 goals scored from 17.14xG and 2.4 shots on target per 90. He faces up against Brentford in this match who have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 18 away Premier League matches. Haaland is fully rested having not played in midweek and has no World Cup campaign to look forward to so will want to make the most of his last 90 minutes of football for over a month and that will surely include him scoring a goal. It really is looking like the only thing that can stop Haaland scoring and breaking records would be another injury and with Guardiola having sensational squad depth, he is able to wrap Haaland in cotton wool if there is any chance of injury, meaning it is likely he will stay fit. Brentford are weak away from home, especially defensively and Haaland is unstoppable so will surely score yet again in this game.
⚽🟨 Ivan Toney to Score or be Shown a Card
Considering his brilliant form for Brentford so far this season, Ivan Toney may consider himself unlucky to miss out on the England squad. Toney has scored 9 goals in 14 starts this season and his strength in the air and when running with the ball may be vital for any attacking moves from Brentford in this game. Toney is also Brentford’s most carded player this season and missed Brentford’s last league game due to suspension after getting his 5th card of the season. Only Ruben Neves and Anthony Gordon have been carded more times this season than Ivan Toney and in this match, Toney will be expected to battle with the Manchester City defenders to try and hold the ball up. This pressure on Toney to hold up the ball will see him commit fouls and possibly be carded in this match. Toney has scored or been carded in 9 of the 15 matches he has taken part in this season. If Brentford do score goals in this match, Toney will be the most likely to score and as he is carded often, the option of either to happen seems good value.
⚽ Ruben Dias to Attempt Over 90 Passes
Ruben Dias is one of the world’s best centre backs right now. He is a leader in the City dressing room and also a brilliant defender in and out of possession. Dias has averaged 92.8 attempted passes per 90 in the Premier League this season and will likely have a high number of passes in this match, with Manchester City likely dominating. Brentford haven’t had much possession against top sides, averaging just 35.8% possession in matches against teams currently in the top seven. Out of all the teams in the league, it is Arsenal that play in a way most like Manchester City, they played away at Brentford’s stadium and Gabriel attempted 81 passes and Saliba attempted 78. Considering Arsenal were away whereas Manchester City will be at home and also considering that Arsenal average 57% possession whereas Manchester City average 67%, it seems very likely that Dias will be able to attempt at least 90 passes here.
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