Manchester City take on Brentford in West London on Monday night as the Premier League champions look to close the gap on current leaders Liverpool.
It is the second midweek clash in succession for Pep Guardiola’s top-flight juggernauts, following on from last Wednesday’s victory over Premier League newcomers Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.
Vincent Kompany’s side were left largely helpless against a formidable City outfit, with Julian Alvarez putting the hosts into a strong 2-0 lead prior to the half-time interval, with assists from attacking midfield duo Kevin De Bruyne and Matheus Nunes.
Rodri would add a third to City’s tally just 26 seconds after the second-half restart, leaving Pep Guardiola’s squad to grind out the game and protect their clean sheet. Unfortunately, the latter would not happen as Ameen Al-Dakhil gave Burnley’s support something to celebrate.
A win on Wednesday night against a side that did the league double over Manchester City last season would move the champions to within just two points of current leaders Liverpool, whilst retaining a game in hand to take place later this month.
Jurgen Klopp’s players succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, while City’s full strength squad will almost certainly cause some concern over at Anfield as they hope to give their German coach the ultimate send-off in his farewell season.
Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne have the opportunity to start a Premier League game for just the second time this season in London this week, while Manuel Akanji’s return hands extra depth for Pep Guardiola in his rearguard.
Ahead of kick-off at the Brentford Community Stadium, both Thomas Frank and Pep Guardiola have confirmed their respective starting line-ups!
Starting XI: Flekkon, Mee, Collins, Pinnock, Reguilon, Roerslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Maupay, Toney.
Substitutes: Strakosha, Brierley, Fredrick, Yarmolyuk, Baptiste, Damsgaard, Ajer, Zanka, Lewis-Potter.
Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol, Rodri, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Silva, Foden, Haaland.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Stones, Kovacic, Grealish, Doku, Akanji, Nunes, Bobb, Lewis.
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