Brentford have enjoyed themselves in the Premier League so far this season. This is the club’s first campaign in the top flight for 74 years and with a new stadium to match their ambition, the Bees have produced some terrific performances thus far, particularly in the home win over Arsenal and the draw with title hopefuls Liverpool.
However, after being dumped out of the EFL Cup at the Quarter-Final stage by Chelsea last week, the Bees were beaten 2-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day, meaning they’ve now managed just one win in their last five matches. Could they bounce back to form by upsetting the odds on Wednesday night?
And a home win really would upset the odds here as visitors Manchester City are priced as short as 1/8 in some places and it’s not difficult to see why. The Citizens are currently top of the Premier League once again as they look to retain their trophy, with six points separating them from both Liverpool and Chelsea in second and third respectively at the time of writing.
Pep Guardiola’s men can travel to the capital on Wednesday night in high spirits after a four game winning streak and in the Premier League, they’ve managed to win nine consecutive matches ahead of this trip. Their last outing was particularly entertaining, with a 4-0 lead over Leicester at half-time eventually turning into a 6-3 victory despite a spirited comeback attempt by the Foxes.
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Brentford vs Man City: Match Stats
Brentford’s Christian Norgaard has proven to be key in winning the ball back for the Bees this season. He’s one of only four players in the Premier League to average more than three tackles per 90 minutes this season and against a City outfit that will expect to dominate possession, his role will be more key than ever if the hosts are to take anything from this game.
Unfortunately for boss Thomas Frank, his Brentford side have failed to find the net in their last two matches. Although City may have conceded three times in their last outing they’ve actually kept 11 clean sheets in their 19 league games so far and we can see them marshalling the hosts’ attack with relative ease here.
25 Jan 1997 – Brentford 0-1 Manchester City – FA Cup
04 Oct 1989 – Manchester City 4-1 Brentford – League Cup
19 Sep 1989 – Brentford 2-1 Manchester City – League Cup
28 Jan 1989 – Brentford 3-1 Manchester City – FA Cup
03 Mar 1951 – Brentford 2-0 Manchester City – League Division Two
You can’t read too much into the head-to-head record between these two clubs since this is their first league meeting since 1951. In fact, you have to go back as far as 1997 to find the last competitive meeting, where the Citizens ran out 1-0 winners in the FA Cup Fourth Round thanks to a Nicky Summerbee winner.