Sports Mole preview Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Brentford, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Manchester City will seek an immediate return to winning ways in the Premier League when Brentford to visit the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The defending champions advanced to the FA Cup with a resounding 4-1 victory over Fulham at the weekend, but the Bees lost by the same scoreline at Everton.
Back from the Africa Cup of Nations with a bang, Riyadh Mahrez may have endured continental disappointment with Algeria but the former Leicester City man was in fine form to help Pep GuardiolaThe men see Fulham comfortably in the FA Cup.
Mahrez struck twice after the break after Ilkay Gundogan and John StonesLiverpool’s first-half efforts, with Man City forced to come from behind on their own turf after Liverpool’s target Fabio Carvalho broke the deadlock in four minutes.
A trip to Peterborough United awaits Man City in the fifth round as they seek to hold on to their hopes of a historic treble, although a 1-1 draw at Southampton before the international break made the title race that little bit more interesting.
Guardiola’s side still hold a comfortable nine-point lead at the top over Liverpool, but the Reds have a game in hand over the defending champions, so a few unsatisfactory results for Man City could derail the race for glory in the future. . weeks.
City certainly won’t expect to slip into the fortress that is the Etihad, however, with the 4-1 win over Fulham representing their ninth home win on the rebound in all competitions – a run that includes six consecutive triumphs in Premier League on their own. territory.
In stark contrast, a red streak has since begun to overshadow Brentford’s strong start to their first-ever Premier League season, and their fortunes failed to improve in the FA Cup against a Frank Lampard-scored from the Everton side.
Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate, Richarlison and Andros Townsend were all on target for the Toffees as Brentford came off in the fourth round with a whimper, and attention now turns to trying to end a worrying Premier League losing streak before the threat of a fight relegation airline shows up.
The 4-1 loss to Everton marked a fifth consecutive loss in all competitions for Brentford, who have also lost each of their last four in the Premier League, with Thomas FrankThe team now occupy 14th position in the standings – still eight points clear on the dotted line.
Performance on the road has been extremely hard to come by for Brentford over the past two months, with the Bees now winless in seven away games in the top flight – losing five of them while conceding 19 goals in this miserable scheme.
Man City could only claim a 1-0 win on a visit to Brentford’s Community Stadium in December, but the visiting crowd could very well fear their side will be opened up at will by the ruthless midfield leaders. week.
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City have little injury worries to worry about visiting Brentford, with Cole Palmer – which wouldn’t have started anyway – and Gabriel Jesus the only two possible absentees this week.
Jesus may be fit enough for a place on the bench if he can shrug off the troubles of international duty, while his compatriot Ederson getting ready to move Zack Steffen between the sticks.
Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte should also return to form a familiar pair ahead of the Brazilian, with Rahim Sterling and Bernardo Silva also set to reprise their roles in the XI.
Brentford duo Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa both missed the loss to Everton after testing positive for COVID-19, but the duo could recover in time to face the champions.
That’s more than can be said for Mathias Jorgensen, Tarique Fosu and Julien Jeanvierwhile the new signature Christian Erikson he is highly unlikely to be given the green light to play just yet.
Frank will definitely consider reintroducing Frank Onyeka and Shandon Baptist in the XI after a miserable afternoon in the cup, while the return of David Raya in the goal was welcomed with open arms. Ethan Pinnock should also be reintroduced after his international stint with Jamaica.
Possible starting lineup for Manchester City:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling
Possible starting line-up from Brentford:
Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Norgaard, Onyeka, Jensen, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo
We say: Manchester City 3-0 Brentford
From the highs of beating Arsenal on opening day to the predicament they find themselves in, Brentford could start to look over their shoulder if this game goes to plan.
The Bees just can’t shut up shop away from home and visit a Man City side in imperious form as they march towards the title, so another direct success surely awaits the champions midweek.