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Match Preview: Brentford vs Manchester City

All the details ahead of tonight's clash with the league leaders

29 December 2021


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Manchester City have looked every inch title favourites in recent weeks, reeling off nine successive Premier League wins since their shock 2-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in late October. That run of form has seen them overhaul Chelsea at the top of the table and open up a six point lead heading into tonight's game.

Pep Guardiola's side have scored 17 goals in their last three league outings, in the process breaking the record for most top flight goals in a calendar year, City's tally of 112 is six better than their own mark which they set way back in 1929. 2021 has also seen City set a new record for most top flight wins (35) and top flight away wins (18) in a calendar year.  

At the other end of the pitch, City have conceded just 12 goals in 19 Premier League outings, a quarter of those coming on Boxing Day as they beat Leicester City 6-3. 

The goals have been shared around at The Etihad so far this campaign with six players having netted four or more; Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva (below) leading the way with seven each. 

In the Champions League, City topped Group A, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, to set up a Last 16 tie against Sporting Lisbon in the New Year. They have, however, this season relinquished their four-year grip on the Carabao Cup, going out on penalties to West Ham in Round Four.

City's dominance on the ball this season has been such, Guardiola's side average 67 per cent possession, that the top five players in the Premier League for average passes per game all play in Sky Blue and they also have three of the top four (Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias and Rodri) when it comes to pass completion percentage. 


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Writing for Hot Off The Press, Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News, said: "They have generally lined up with a very loose 4-3-3 formation, but with Joao Cancelo as a full-back, pushing right up through the team, wingers are high and wide and midfielders pushing through to press high in the forward line. They like to play high up the pitch and pen their opponents back into their own third of the pitch and then allow their creative players to plot a way through for an attacker to finish off in the box. The personnel is interchangeable because of the amount of talent in the squad, but the team tend to set up in the same way. They have shown in recent games against Aston Villa, Leeds and Wolves that you can set up very aggressively against them or set up very defensively against them – and if you are not on top of your game, they will find a way through regardless"


Should Bryan Mbeumo not recover from the calf injury he picked up on Boxing Day that would leave Thomas Frank without an entire XI for tonight's game. Vitaly Janelt (Covid-19), Christian Norgaard (suspended), and Rico Henry (hamstring) have joined David Raya, Julian Jeaniver (both knee), Charlie Goode, Kris Ajer, Tariqe Fosu, Zanka (all hamstring), and Josh Dasilva (hip) on the absentee list. Mads Roerslev may be able to return to the matchday squad following Covid but he is not fit enough to complete 90 minutes.  

For Manchester City, Kyle Walker and Rodri could return tonight but Ferran Torres and John Stones will both miss out.  


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The phrase 'has won it all' might have been invented for Pep Guardiola.

Considered by many, including Thomas Frank, as the greatest manager of the modern era, the 50-year-old has won nine league titles, 12 domestic cups, two Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups, and three UEFA Super Cups since taking up management with Barcelona in 2008.

His first season in charge ended with Barca becoming the first Spanish side to win the treble of La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and Champions League; Guardiola, in the process, also became the youngest man to win the Champions League as a manager. In 2011, after leading the club to another La Liga and Champions League double, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan Parliament's Gold Medal, their highest honour. The same year, he was also named the FIFA World Coach of the Year. He ended his four-year Barcelona stint in 2012 with 14 honours, a club record.

After a sabbatical period, Bayern Munich announced Guardiola would join the club as manager in 2013. Guardiola won the Bundesliga every season he was there, as well as two domestic doubles. He left the Bavarians for Manchester City in 2016, and guided them to a Premier League title in his second campaign in charge, breaking numerous records as the team became the first to pass 100 league points. He won a second consecutive Premier League and EFL Cup the following season, as well as the FA Cup, becoming the first manager to win the domestic treble in English men's football.

He also holds the records for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League.

All this came after a decorated playing career spent predominantly at the Nou Camp. The defensive midfielder was part of the team that won Barca's first European Cup in 1992, and four successive Spanish league titles from 1991 to 1994. He later captained the team from 1997, winning two more La Liga titles, until his departure in 2001. Guardiola then had stints with Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico. He was capped 47 times for the Spanish national team and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as well as at UEFA Euro 2000. 


Pep Guardiola told "[Thomas Frank] made an incredible start to the season, [they are] doing really well. I saw the Carabao Cup game against, they lost but they were incredible. They drew against Liverpool, they beat Arsenal. They are a top team, we know it and we will prepare seeing how is the quality of our players right now to try and do it."




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Referee: David Coote

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Nick Hopton

Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

VAR: Jarred Gillett

Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Manchester City 2021/22

169 fouls – 13th in Premier League

28 yellow cards – 14th in Premier League 

1 red card – Fourth-most in Premier League


All adult supporters must fill in a Covid-19 Self Declaration form before coming tonight and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the last 48 hours

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Tonight's game is live on Amazon Prime, coverage starts at 7.30pm. For fans around the world, the game is being shown live through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

Mark Burridge will also be bringing live commentary from The Brentford Community Stadium on Bees Player. He will be joined by Natalie Sawyer and Karleigh Osborne. 

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Manchester City 1

Bees lose to league leaders

29 December 2021

Brentford ended 2021 with a home defeat against Premier League leaders, and defending champions, Manchester City. A goal early in the first half was enough to give City the points on a mild December evening. The Bees had chances, particularly when the game was 0-0, but could not find a way through and the visitors took the points.

It would be hard to argue that the visitors deserved their win. They had two goals disallowed for offside and also hit the woodwork. But Brentford were never out of the contest and may, on another day, have earned themselves a point.

The visitors had a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges, with Brentford happy to let them play in non-threatening areas. Most of City’s possession in the first minutes of the game was in their own half, or in front of a well-drilled Brentford defence. And it was Brentford that had the first chances of the contest.

Shandon Baptiste sliced a shot wide when a cross dropped 25 yards out before a series of chances just before the quarter hour. When The Bees won the ball on their left, Yoane Wissa was able to release Frank Onyeka to run in to space. Onyeka attacked the penalty area and was able to shoot low, but he was denied by Ederson. A pass across the penalty area to the arriving Ivan Toney, may have given an even better chance.

Mathias Jensen tried an ambitious effort from just inside the City half when he robbed Jack Grealish. Ederson was scrambling but content to watch the ball sail wide. Onyeka and Wissa combined again soon after with the latter breaking free in to the penalty area. The near cross-cum-shot took a deflection and Ederson had to push it away.

The resulting corner was headed down by Pinnock and reached Wissa again. His shot was flicked up by Ederson and just eluded Toney, rising to head in. The ball would still have crossed the line but for the intervention of João Cancelo, who cleared the ball on his own line.

The importance of that moment was magnified when City scored seconds later. They worked space in the inside right channel and Kevin De Bruyne was able to measure a cross. Phil Foden was able to find space to meet it first time ten yards out and his shot beat Álvaro Fernández. The ball was inch perfect, Foden just onside, did not have to adjust at all, and his first-time left foot finish nestled in the bottom corner.

The goal was harsh on The Bees when it came. City had barely been in the Brentford penalty area to that point, playing in areas that did not hurt The Bees. Brentford were patient in midfield, waiting for opportunities to win the ball and spring forward. They could have been ahead but instead found themselves behind 20 minutes in.

And it remained that way until half time. The game did get a little more open as the half developed, with City able to create more chances. Brentford were, however, dangerous on the counter-attack and had multiple chances to break halted by City fouls, none of which were punished by more than a free kick. Toney was unable to direct a header from one deep Jensen free kick, but Ederson was untroubled.

The same could also be said of Fernández. A shot from Gabriel Jesus, after he cut in off the right, deflected across the face of goal and Jensen blocked a shot from Fernandinho with his face. Fernández did get down to stop a Cancelo shot, but Referee David Coote was in the process of halting the game as Jensen was down after his block.

The visitors seemed to move up a gear after the interval. They made a subtle change with Grealish moving out of a central position and swapping with Foden, which seemed to suit them both. Foden had the ball in the net from a Jesus cross early in the second half but this time he was confirmed to be in an offside position and the goal was disallowed after a check from Video Assistant Referee Jared Gillett.

Fernández saved a shot from De Bruyne when he found space on the edge of the penalty area and Foden flicked a header inches wide. De Bruyne delivered that cross and was at the heart of everything for City. Brentford were working hard out of possession and Fernández got down well to save a cross-cum-shot from Jesus after a move that once again was made in the inside right channel De Bruyne was dominating.

Brentford were not able to offer much as an attacking threat in the early stages of the second period. Baptiste picked up a loose pass and drove towards goal, but his shot from 20 yards was blocked. Frank Onyeka saw a shot blocked when a corner dropped inside the penalty area and The Bees did have some set pieces with which to put pressure on, but most of the chances were coming at the other end.

De Bruyne hit the post with a drive from 25 yards and then acrobatically hooked the loose ball in to the side netting. De Bruyne also fired over the bar and a shot from Jesus was blocked as City pressed for a second goal. But as the game entered the final 15 minutes, there was just a single goal in it.

Unfortunately for The Bees, they could not find a way to carve out a chance and give themselves an opportunity to earn a point. The hosts battled to stay in it, Fernández saved from Jesus after he cut in off the right and Aymeric Laporte had a goal disallowed when he headed in a De Bruyne free kick from an offside position, as identified by Mr Gillett. That gave Brentford the time to level, but they could not find a way through, and City took the points.

Brentford: Fernández; Pinnock, Jansson, Bech; Roerslev, Baptiste, Jensen, Onyeka (sub Bidstrup 75 mins), Thompson (sub Ghoddos 81 mins); Toney, Wissa (sub Canós 69 mins)

Subs (not used): Cox, Stevens, Peart-Harris, Forss

Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Jesus, Grealish, Foden

Subs (not used): Steffen, Carson, Sterling, Gündoǧan, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Mbete, Palmer

Attendance: 17,009 (1,712 away fans)

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Ticket News

Manchester City tickets sold out

A limited number of tickets will soon be available to My Bees Members on

24 November 2021

The Bees welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday 29 December (8.15pm kick-off). Tickets are currently sold out and will soon be available to All My Bees Members on


  • My Bees Members with 1,200+ TAPs: Wednesday 17 November, 2pm (one per person, six per transaction)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 19 November
    First Allocation: 50 per cent of the total home Match Tickets
  • My Bees Members with 850+ TAPs: Friday 19 November, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability, six per transaction)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 24 November.
    The remaining tickets from the First Allocation

  • All My Bees Members: Wednesday 24 November, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability, six per transaction)
    The remaining 50 per cent of all home Match Tickets.
    100 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only.
    100 Match Tickets will be offered in pairs via an under 18 Lucky Dip (similar process we have done for previous home fixtures this season). Successful Members will be contacted by the Box Office to buy two Match Tickets (including one for a parent/guardian Member).

Members need to log in to their ticketing account to get their priority access. Tickets are sold in line with current Government guidance - should that guidance change ahead of the fixture, all bookings are subject to alteration and we shall contact affected supporters as soon as possible.



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  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

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  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
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    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.


Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries relating to accessibility, please email 

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Season Ticket Holders who forget their Brentford Card will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Box Office. Valid ID must be shown and an admin cost of £10 applies.

Supporter Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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