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A struggling Brentford will visit the Etihad Stadium to take on hosts Manchester City in a mid-week fixture of the ongoing Premier League season.
Manchester City is well on track to win yet another Premier League title. However, they faced a small hiccup against Southampton in its last game before the international break and were held to a 1-1 draw. Dropping two points in this game, and with second-placed Liverpool winning its previous game against Crystal Palace, means that the lead is now down to 9 points.
Manchester CIty did secure its place in the 5th round of the FA Cup easily, beating Fulham 4-1. Back-to-back games against strugglers Brentford and Norwich will provide Pep Guardiola an opportunity to extend his lead further before he faces some resistance in the game against the Spurs in the next week. From a betting point of view, finding value in this game is going to be difficult since the gulf between the two teams is quite massive.
After winning its first game of the New Year against Aston Villa, Brentford has again struggled, losing the next 4 games on the trot. In fact, the team has lost 11 out of its last 17 games and has seen themselves pushed into the bottom half of the table, at 14th place with just 23 points in 23 games. Going by this form, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bees find themselves flirting with the relegation zone by the month-end. Brentford has been unable to win in its last 7 away games and is unlikely to win this one too, given the form of the hosts.
The odds being offered by the best football betting sites on Manchester City to win this match are quite short.
Match prediction and betting tips for Manchester City F. C. vs Brentford F. C. Premier League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on 9th February 2022.
Pep Guardiola will be happy to have winger Riyad Mahrez back into the squad, as the Algerian returns from the AFCON. Zinchenko, who was out with COVID will most likely be available for selection. Gabriel Jesus, who did not feature against Fulham due to a niggle might be fit for this game. The only absentee for this game will be Benjamin Mendy, who remains suspended.
Thomas Frank too has a fully fit Brentford squad at his disposal and will be looking to put in his best eleven against the formidable opponents. We predict that this could be a high-scoring game, and the hosts should have no problem collecting three points from the match.
Bet on Manchester City to win.
We think this match is going to be completely dominated by the full-strength squad of Manchester City. The title run is in its final stretch and this is where Manchester City really comes into its own. Also, its lead has just been shortened a bit and we think Pep Guardiola would be keen to send a message. We anticipate plenty of goals for Manchester City and none for Brentofrd.