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Match Preview: Manchester City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to The Etihad

9 February 2022

Tonight sees a trip to the reigning Champions and current Premier League leaders for our final scheduled midweek fixture of the campaign. The reverse fixture between the two in December ended in a narrow 1-0 win for Manchester City but what will tonight hold? Check out our match preview below for all the build-up.

THE OPPOSITION

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Manchester City have only played three league games since our late December encounter but those outings have brought another seven points and a firmer grip on top spot. 

Following their 1-0 win in TW8, they beat Arsenal 2-1 thanks to a 90th-minute Rodri goal and then secured a huge three points at home to title-rivals Chelsea. They did slip up slightly last time out with a 1-1 draw at Southampton but they retain a nine-point advantage over Liverpool, albeit having played a game more. 

In the midst of those Premier League games there were also two 4-1 Emirates FA Cup wins over lower-division opposition in Swindon Town and Fulham. 

In total, City have won 16 of their last 18 games in all competitions and are unbeaten in 15 domestic matches, scoring 43 and conceding ten in that run. 

Pep Guardiola's side have done all this without a recognised central striker. This has seen the goals shared around with Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling (seven each) leading their scoring charts ahead of Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne (pictured above) on six.

City have seen more possession per game, 67.3%, and have a higher pass completion rate, 89.9%, than anyone else in the league. Indeed, the top four Premier League players in terms of completed passes this season all play for City in Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, and Rodri.  

THE GAMEPLAN

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When asked for Hot Off The Press who we should most look out for tonight, Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News, said: "Probably Joao Cancelo (above), at the minute. Cancelo is just an unstoppable machine. He plays every game on the right or the left and few opposition teams have been able to stop him creating chances. He has also been much better at his defensive work, though he was caught out at Southampton and he was caught out against Fulham in the FA Cup. He will pose a threat to Brentford, but equally, that might be the side Brentford want to target if they are looking for some joy against City"

TEAM NEWS

Bryan Mbeumo and Wissa (Covid-19) are both available for selection tonight while Saturday saw Josh Dasilva and David Raya make their long-awaited injury returns. Thomas confirmed on Tuesday that David will start in goal but Christian Eriksen is not fit to feature following his arrival in TW8 earlier this week. Also out are Tariqe Fosu, Zanka (both hamstring), and Julian Jeanvier (knee). 

For Manchester City, Cole Palmer and Gabriel Jesus will be their only absentees tonight. 

THE MANAGER

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The phrase 'has won it all' might have been invented for Pep Guardiola. The 50-year-old has collected 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. 

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Timothy Wood

Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

Video Assistant Referee: Jon Moss

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Neil Davies

Manchester City 2021/22

200 fouls - 16th in Premier League

30 yellow cards - 16th in Premier League

1 red cards - 7th in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

The Etihad is a cashless stadium. All payments inside and outside the stadium will be contactless and cash will not be accepted.

Backpacks, holdalls, rucksacks, or other similar items of any size, large or small, will not be allowed into the stadium. Small handheld bags, no larger than A4 size (12”x8”x3”) will be accepted. If you must bring a bag to the stadium that exceeds the allowable size, bag drop facilities that you can use to securely store your items will be in place until the match has finished. The bag drop will be priced at £10.

Our Guide to The Etihad

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game is live on BT Sport 2, coverage starts at 7.15pm. 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 Etihad on Bees Player. He will be joined by Ben Burgess. 

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Match Reports

Manchester City 2 Brentford 0

Bees beaten by Premier League leaders

9 February 2022

A goal in each half from Premier League leaders Manchester City was enough to hand Brentford defeat in the North West. The Bees had defended manfully before they conceded a penalty in the dying minutes of the first half. City added a second with 20 minutes remaining to seal a 2-0 win.

There was little doubt the better team on the night won, but Brentford’s defensive effort almost paid off. Most of the shots from the home side were from distance and Brentford largely held them outside the penalty area. But The Bees contributed to their own downfall in the concession of a penalty and then a second and City took the points.

Manchester City took control of the game early on. They played on the front foot and pushed Brentford back. The Bees were content to play in their own defensive third, inviting City to pass the ball in front of them, planning to stop the ball coming in to the penalty area.

This worked for long periods of the first half. City had a lot of the ball but David Raya, in the Brentford goal, was not unduly busy. He gathered crosses but spent more time with the ball at his feet than in his hands. Phil Foden headed over early on for the home side, but the first half hour was uneventful. The best shot of that period came from Mathias Jensen, albeit the Brentford man was in an offside position.

Brentford looked to keep the game compact. Frank Onyeka, Christian Nørgaard and Jensen were a tight midfield trio with Rico Henry and Mads Roerslev offering support when they could. Saman Ghoddos played just behind Sergi Canós and attempted to get Brentford moving forward, albeit he was often crowded out when he got on the ball.

After 30 minutes of fine defending from Brentford, City did create more as half time approached, and got their goal. That came five minutes before the break when Brentford failed to clear their lines. Raheem Sterling drove in to the penalty area and Roerslev went to ground as he tried to make a challenge. Roerslev fouled Sterling and Referee Darren England pointed to the penalty spot. Riyad Mahrez sent Raya the wrong way to put City in front.

They deserved the lead at that point, but Raya had not been busy. He had to push away a low cross from Mahrez as Sterling approached. João Cancelo got on to the loose ball and smashed it over the crossbar. An acrobatic effort from Sterling flew over and Aymeric Laporte placed a shot just wide when Rúben Dias nodded a free kick down.

Brentford picked their moments to push their players up the pitch and did create the odd problem for City when they did. Jensen had a shot blocked when Brentford won the ball in City territory. The ball was scrambled behind and the resulting corner dropped to Onyeka, but his header was saved by Ederson. That came moments before City took the lead at the other end.

They could have doubled that lead when Sterling darted away on the left but was unable to find the right pass and pick out a man in the centre. And Brentford had a great chance to level. John Stones slipped when controlling and Henry nipped in. He exchanged passes with Ghoddos and was faced with only Ederson to beat, but he was caught in two minds, slipping as he did, and the square ball towards Canós was intercepted by the City goalkeeper.

Onyeka also blasted wide late in the half as City went in ahead, but with the game still alive. The hosts tried to end the game early in the second half, with Cancelo seeing a lot of the ball on the City left. He fired over from distance before weaving in to the penalty area, past three men, before a shot that Raya saved low. Raya also denied Bernardo Silva in a lively opening to the second half before saving, again, from Cancelo.

Brentford had a sight of goal when Henry found space on the left and his cross reached Roerslev on the far post. The ball back in was met by Onyeka, but he failed to get enough on the shot to trouble Ederson. The Bees then introduced Bryan Mbeumo and Josh Dasilva as they looked for a leveller. A Nørgaard pass looked like it might put Mbeumo away, but Stones and Kevin De Bruyne raced back to crowd him out and dispossess him.

Moments later, City had their second, to just about kill the game off. Brentford had possession inside their penalty area, but Raya failed to get the right elevation and distance on his kick and presented the ball straight to Sterling. Raya redeemed himself with a brilliant one-on-one save but De Bruyne was there to roll the ball in and put his team two up. City could have added a third when a Cancelo shot deflected over the bar and Rodri then headed wide. Cancelo saw a shot blocked and the ball bounced back to Rodri, his low effort was tipped around the post at full stretch by Raya.

The Bees were not out of the game and looked to try and reduce the arrears. Yoane Wissa saw a shot blocked from a half cleared corner and then forced a save from Ederson, albeit he may have been offside. The Bees pushed the defensive line all evening and were close to finding a way through on a couple of occasions but ultimately ended with nothing to show from their evening.

Manchester City: Ederson; Stones, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Silva; Mahrez (sub Grealish 67 mins), Foden (sub Gündoǧan 71 mins), Sterling

Subs (not used): Steffen, Walker, Aké, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Delap, McAtee

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Onyeka (sub Wissa 70 mins), Nørgaard, Jensen, Henry; Ghoddos (sub Mbeumo 62 mins), Canós (sub Dasilva 62 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Lössl, Bech, Stevens, Baptiste

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Ticket News

Invite your friends and family to our trip to Manchester

All Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders as well as My Bees Members will have the chance to purchase up to six tickets for our away trip against Manchester City at 3pm today

28 January 2022

Thomas Frank and The Bees make the trip to Manchester to face Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday 9 February (7.45pm kick-off). All Season Ticket/Premium Seat Holders and My Bees Members will have the chance to purchase up to six Match Tickets at 3pm today by logging into their ticketing account.* Tickets are subject to availability.

Bring your friends and family along to watch The Bees on the road as we take on the Premier League leaders in our first visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Eligible fans have until 3pm on Wednesday, 2 February, to secure their place at tickets.brentfordfc.com. After this time, tickets will no longer be available online and will only be available to fans from the Box Office Only.

*Please note, if you have already purchased your ticket, we will not be able to facilitate any seat moves for this fixture and you will only be allowed to purchase up to five additional tickets. Any additional tickets purchased will not be located next to your other Match Tickets.

Tickets for this fixture are only available in the Upper Tier of the away section.

Get ready to buy at 3pm

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,400+ TAPs: Tuesday 11 January, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 13 January
  • A selection of My Bees Members: Tuesday 11 January, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 13 January
    We’ll email
    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games
  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,500+ TAPs: Thursday 13 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday14 January
  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Friday 14 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 18 January
  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Tuesday 18 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
  • Extra tickets: All Season Tickets/Premium Seat Holders and All My Bees Members: Friday 28 January, 3pm (subject to availability. Up to six tickets*)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 40 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
22-64
Seniors
over 65

Young Adults
18-21

Juniors
Under 18

Standard £30 £25 £25 £18
Disabled* £22.50 £17 £11 £7

Junior tickets must be purchased with an accompanying adult and will be refused entry into the stadium if attending alone.

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Manchester City are part of the trial for safe standing, fans who purchase tickets on level one will be in the Club’s rail seating installation of the Etihad Stadium and will have the opportunity to stand for the duration of the match, should they wish to do so.

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 1.15pm - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £40 £30

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Friday 4 February.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 6pm
    • 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.

ACCESSIBILITY

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 accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

MATCHDAY INFORMATION   

Under 14s

Supporters Under 14 are not allowed to enter the stadium without an Adult (Over 18).  As a result, and in-line with reasonable adjustments, any supporter who is Under 14 must attend with their parent/guardian and are required to pay the prevailing rate for both their seats.  For the avoidance of doubt, this applies to all disabled supporters, whether walking ambulant or who require the use of a wheelchair.

Over 14 and Under 18

Supporters Over 14 and Under 18 can enter the stadium unaccompanied however they are not allowed to be responsible for another supporter.  Only supporters Over 18 can be responsible for a child Under 18

Groups

When visiting with groups of children or young people, it is important that the level of supervision is appropriate to their age group and their needs, which may be very specific. In general, younger children need to be more closely supervised and will require a higher adult to child ratio. The following are the adult to child ratios we recommend you work to when attending an event at Manchester City:

Age 0-2:

1 adult to 3 children

Age 2-3:

1 adult to 4 children

Age 4-8

1 adult to 6 children

Age 9-12:

1 adult to 8 children

Age 13-17

1 adult to 10 children

   

If the group is mixed gender, the supervising staff should also include both male and female supervision wherever possible. The above are in line with NSPCC guidelines, nspcc.org.uk.

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE COMMENTARY

Complimentary headsets are available to allow blind/partially sighted supporters to enjoy the game, from any seat they choose. Supporters should contact their own club’s Disability Liaison Officer who in turn, can liaise with Manchester City Football Club.  Every effort will be made to accommodate such requests, subject to availability.   All requests need to be submitted by your DLO to Manchester City’s Access Team no later than 48 hours prior to matchday.  Please email access@mancity.com  or call +44(0)161 444 1894 (option 1, option 2, option 2).

SUPPORTER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

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