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Champions Manchester City welcome Brentford as their latest test at the top
Manchester City to win 3-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Manchester, Etihad StadiumBet Now
Manchester City have briefly sat at the top of the Premier League after each of their last two victories, with their games coming before Arsenal’s in the schedule.
The same happens again this weekend, with City playing before Arsenal, and so Pep Guardiola’s men could once again top the league by claiming three points.
It shows that we have a clear two-horse race at the top right now, one that is set to excite us potentially throughout the entire season. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how City keep the pace.
Further down the league table, Brentford have come up against a sticky patch of late. The London club have failed to win any of their last four.
While three of those have been drawn, it has seen the club slip out of the top half of the table at the expense of the likes of Crystal Palace and Fulham, fellow London teams.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Late winner against Fulham keeps their title push going
Won both games against Brentford last season
Reasons to be fearful:
Have conceded in three of their last four league games
Will miss Cancelo through suspension here
In terms of title races, Manchester City have been here and done it all before. They won’t be panicking that Arsenal have the edge on them at this stage – they still have to play each other twice, after all.
They realise that the season is a marathon, not a sprint. There is a small gap opening up between the top two and the rest of the pack, showing that this could be a two-horse race until the finish.
It was nearly a different story for City, who looked to be heading for a frustrating draw against Fulham until Haaland popped up with a 95th minute winner from the penalty spot.
It was frustrating, in part, due to the sending off of Cancelo, who will miss out against Brentford. City have been struggling for fullbacks of late, with Kyle Walker still missing through injury.
City have a good record against Brentford, of course, and at the Etihad they are strong favourites.
Star Man – Erling Haaland
Has missed the best part of three games through illness recently, but came off the bench to net an important winner for City last weekend. His total now stands at 23 for the season already.
Reasons to be cheerful
You feel they’ll be up for a match of this size
Have the capacity to spring a shock
Reasons to be fearful
Seven away games without victory
Conceded seven goals in their last three games
Brentford’s problems, and there are two main issues they face, could bite them in the behind here.
Their first is their away form, which has been poor this season. Indeed, it is now seven away games without victory and they now head to arguably the toughest place to go to get a win.
Their second problem relates to the number of goals they are conceding, which is now seven in their last three games. They’ve conceded five more than at the same stage last season.
Every player will need to be at their best if they are to achieve a result here. Fulham showed how to frustrate City for large periods last weekend, although Guardiola’s team were down to 10 men for most of it.
Star Man – Ivan Toney
Brentford’s star man returns here after serving a one-match suspension. They will need his pace, power and quality upfront if Brentford have any chance of stealing something from City.
City to dominate possession as usual
At least two goals in the game
Haaland to score yet again?
With Brentford’s away record, this could be any scoreline if Manchester City score early on.
They will have the bit between their teeth, looking to overtake Arsenal and move to the top of the table once again.
You would imagine that City’s firepower will create a raft of chances throughout the game and that Haaland will be on the end of at least one of them.
It could be a worrying afternoon for Thomas Frank’s men.
Manchester City to win 3-0
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