Brentford v Manchester City – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

A reinvigorated Brentford host a Manchester City who will surely be stimulated by Liverpool’s defeat at the Emirates on Sunday…

It was a messy affair when the Bees were last seen at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Brentford hit the front thanks to their clinical nature early and capitalising on Ange Postecoglou’s orbital high line.

However, Thomas Frank’s men were brought back down to Earth in the second half after a messy string of errors that led to three Spurs goals in eight minutes. On each occasion, it looked as if the backline were present and ready to handle the Spurs aggression but they somehow seemed to falter at each opportunity to claim back the ball.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Brentford 1-0 Man City
NOV 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 1-2 Brentford
FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 2-0 Brentford
DEC 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Brentford 0-1 Man City

The Bees’ mere 32% possession that day doesn’t do the West London side justice of the quality of chances they had in the second half particularly. Toney missing a free hit at goal is just one example of a handful of near-misses.

With that said, I’d go as far as to say that the loss was actually an improvement in terms of performance on the 5 goal extravaganza that occurred in Toney’s original return against Nottingham Forest.

Despite Brentford’s poor run of form lately that’s seen them slip to 15th in the table, positive signs do exist like the fact they’ve scored in the first half in each of their last nine matches. However there’s also been a total of 20 goals in their last 5 outings which tells you a defensive back three of Mee, Pinnock, and Collins isn’t always the shrewdest approach against aggressive and fluid opponents. These numbers will surely only be boosted further by the return of Ivan Toney.

The 27 year-old Englishman’s comeback has received plenty of coverage in recent weeks after an 8-month ban for breaking betting rules. He made a perfect return in scoring against Nuno’s Forest and also netted one against Spurs. Ivan has said multiple times he now has the passion to work harder than ever before and wants to repay Brentford for their loyalty, and who can doubt his ambitions after recent performances?

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Currently at 4/6 to claim Premier League honours with starsports.bet, City arrive in Brentford after six successive away wins in all competitions, most recently in a shaky 1-0 win over Spurs when Ake finally put his side in front after 88 minutes of dominance and relentless shots that positioned City with 18 goal attempts compared to Spurs’ 1.

Pep Guardiola will certainly be aroused by the proposition of making invaluable ground on league leaders Liverpool after their 3-1 submission to Arsenal on Sunday.

Thanks to that result, City would top the league after 23 games if they win both games in hand against Brentford and Everton which would put them at the top of the table for the first time in many months and fulfill the “New Year comeback” predictions.

Haaland is expected to play his first full 90 minutes of football since December 6th and the fact he’s still top of the goals table despite all that time off gives you a flavour of why he went off at around 1/4 in the betting for the Golden Boot at the start of the season.

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With the aforementioned stat of Brentford’s unusual inclination for for first half drama and defensive woes, coupled with the return of the inevitable Erling Haaland, over 1.5 first half goals is a market I’ve struck with a few times lately and looks a very appealing bet today at 6/5 with starsports.bet.

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Author: Eugene Morris