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Man City to win 2-1 against Brentford- 9/1!


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Brentford vs Manchester City

May 28, 2023

4:30 pm GMT+1

Brentford vs Manchester City match preview

Manchester City conclude yet another title-winning Premier League season in West London, looking ahead to two huge cup finals to come.

Last weekend, the Citizens rubber stamped a fifth title in just six season, presented with the trophy following their low-key 1-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad.

Then, on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola rotated heavily as his team drew 1-1 with Brighton at the Amex, taking the lead through Phil Foden, teed-up by Erling Braut Håland.

Thus, the Sky Blues need just a point here to reach the 90 point mark for a record-extending fourth time.

Man City’s focus though is on completing the treble, facing Manchester United in next Saturday’s FA Cup Final, before meeting Internazionale in the Champions League Final in İstanbul a week later.

With the champions’ focus elsewhere, can Brentford spring a surprise in this final day of the season clash?

The Bees did just that at the Etihad in November, with Ivan Toney bagging a 98th minute winner that day.

Just four clubs have done a league-double over Man City since Guardiola’s arrival: Tottenham (21/22), Wolves (19/20), Man United (19/20) and Chelsea (16/17), so can Brentford joint that very exclusive club?

Well, Thomas Frank’s team do have it all to play for, given that they still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa Conference League.

They came from behind to win 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend, with Bryan Mbeumo bagging a brace, before Yoane Wissa slotted home the clincher.

So, having won four of their last five, the Bees are ninth, just two points below Aston Villa in seventh.

If Brentford are to get into Europe for the first time in their entire history, they must win and hope both Villa and Spurs do not win simultaneously.

While the other two components of that equation are far from inconceivable, the Bees would still have to cause a major upset here.

Will Man City suffer their first Premier League defeat since 5 February in this tough away game at the Brentford Community Stadium?

Brentford team news

Ivan Toney’s eight-month ban for breaching FA betting rules was confirmed just over a week ago, with the striker not able to play again until mid-January of next year.

However, bizarrely, Brentford are unbeaten in the Premier League this season without their talisman, taking ten points from four outings, including beating Spurs a week ago.

That afternoon, Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa combined excellent, scoring all three goals between them, combining for the third.

Thomas Frank went with a back four in that game, his way of saying ‘lads, it’s Tottenham’, but will surely deploy a five this time round, at least from the start, which’ll be great news if your name is Mathias Jørgensen.

Predicted XI (5-3-2): Raya; Hickey, Jørgensen, Pinnock, Mee, Henry; Onyeka, Jensen, Janelt; Mbuemo, Wissa.

Manchester City team news

Pep Guardiola continued to rotate against Brighton Wednesday, with Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte, Rúben Dias and Jack Grealish not even travelling to Sussex.

Stefan Ortega is set to keep his place in goal, while Kalvin Phillips made his full-Premier League debut for the club last Sunday, which is ridiculous given that he cost £50 million.

Erling Braut Håland has surely run out of time to equal Dixie Dean’s record of 62 goals in a season, set in 1927/28, needing to score ten times in Man City’s last three fixture; you wouldn’t put it past him would you?

He could be back on the bench here, with last weekend’s match-winner Julián Álvarez leading the line.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ortega; Walker, Akanji, Laporte, Lewis; Phillips, Gündoğan, Maḥrez, Foden, Grealish; Álvarez.

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Ben Gray

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