Manchester City hosts Brentford in round 24 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 9th at Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Josep Guardiola’s team leads the standings with 57 points after 23 games. The reigning champions of England gained 18 victories and three draws and suffered two losses. Now Manchester City has a confident 9-point gap from Liverpool, who has a match in hand. The Citizens secured this position in the table thanks to a 12-match winning streak, which was interrupted in the last game against Southampton (1-1). On December 5, Guardiola’s players successfully continued their fight in another tournament, the FA Cup. In the home match of the 4th round, Manchester City defeated the leaders of the Championship, Fulham (4-1). The Sky Blues conceded first but got the game back under control within a few minutes.
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Thomas Frank’s team is ranked 14th in the Premier League standings with 23 points after 23 rounds. Brentford gained six victories and five draws and suffered 12 defeats. The Bees, who are the debutants of the elite division, have had a quite good start to the championship. They gained a reputation as an unyielding team in the 1st half of the season, but in the last matches, they showed very poor results. Brentford suffered five defeats in five consecutive matches in the Premier League and the FA Cup. Last Saturday, the Bees left the oldest football tournament, failing the away match against Everton (4-1). The only positive moment for Brentford was an 11-meter kick, converted by Ivan Toney.
Manchester City is very likely to score three points at Etihad Stadium. At the same time, the Bees are capable of avoiding a romp even in their current condition. In nine out of 11 away matches in the current championship, Frank’s men didn’t lose with a difference of more than two goals. This bet did not bring profit only in matches against Southampton (3-0) and Liverpool (4-1). The Citizens did not hammer their opponents in the last rounds of the Premier League. In four games in a row, Guardiola’s team was limited to victories with a maximum difference of one goal.