Manchester City welcome Brentford to the Etihad in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
The Blues beat Fulham 4-1 at the weekend in the FA Cup and will be hoping to maintain their momentum here.
Pep Guardiola’s side are currently nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with familiar rivals Liverpool chasing City behind. Chelsea are next in third, but City are well clear with just 15 games to play to be crowned champions once again.
Brentford were tricky opposition in the reverse fixture against City in London, losing 1-0 after Phil Foden scored, however, they head into his match on the back of five consecutive defeats and they conceded four goals to struggling Everton on Saturday.
They kept some of their powder dry against Fulham but have plenty of well-rested big names to rumble back into action for this one – Ederson Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling were all on the subs’ bench on Saturday.
They should all start. giving Pep Guardiola fresh options for Saturday, and it would be great to see Liam Delap and James McAtee get some more minutes off the bench, even if the result is not settled by the second half.
The Citizens were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton in the league on January 22 but still sit nine points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the top of the table.
Pep Guardiola‘s side booked their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, meanwhile, courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Championship side Fulham.
Here, Sports Mole rounds up all of the away side’s injury and suspension news ahead of the showdown with Brentford, who are currently 14th in England’s top flight.
Manchester City return to Premier League action on Wednesday night, as Pep Guardiola’s side look to continue their unbeaten run.
City are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches and could extend the points gap to second-place Liverpool to 12 points with a win against Brentford. Guardiola‘s side progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup after an impressive 4-1 win against Fulham at the weekend and will be hoping for a similar result at the Etihad on Wednesday.
Young talent Cole Palmer is expected to miss out, with Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus also a doubt for the game against the Bees.
So, what line-up will Guardiola select? And, what could the final score be?
Sterling picked the ball up inside the Brentford half, beating Onyeka with some nice footwork before playing the ball into De Bruyne who threaded a pass into Rodri.
The Spaniard had the composure to dig the ball out from under his feet and slot the ball into the bottom left corner, giving Guardiola’s side the lead on the hour mark.
Grealish doubled City’s lead with 10 minutes to play, firing the ball into the corner with a powerful strike just inside the penalty box and sealing all three points for the hosts.