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Early team news: Kevin De Bruyne benched for Manchester City vs Brentford (Premier League)



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Manchester City take on their game in hand in Premier League action on Tuesday night as they welcome Brentford to the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola and his players come into the midweek clash looking to bounce back from dropped points against Chelsea on Saturday evening, as Rodri rescued one point for the champions following Raheem Sterling’s first-half opener in a 1-1 draw.

The 1-1 draw with Mauricio Pochettino’s men now means that should Manchester City secure victory over Brentford this week, they would move to within one point of Liverpool at the top of the division, as opposed to leading the Premier League title race.

While Manchester City have been boosted by the return of key figures in recent weeks, Pep Guardiola and his staff received somewhat of a setback to their plans in the lead-up to the meeting with Brentford on Tuesday night.

Jack Grealish – despite only being expected to be ruled out for around 10 days – remains absent this week through a muscular problem, while Josko Gvardiol is continuing his recovery from ankle ligament damage.

Ahead of the confirmed line-ups from the Etihad Stadium, sources across social media have offered early insight into elements of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City line-up, with the first details offered by FPLMaineRoad on X.

First of all, the somewhat surprising information emerging from the Etihad Stadium ahead of kick-off is that both Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake do not start for Manchester City against Brentford, this as per FPLMaineRoad.

On a starting line-ups front however, Oscar Bobb – who will make his first Premier League start for Manchester City – is joined by the likes of Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, with Kyle Walker forming part of the defensive unit.

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Frank are expected to confirmed their respective Manchester City and Brentford starting line-ups from 18:30 (UK).

Now confirmed.