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Manchester City v Brentford: Premier League – live


Key events

“It is an opportunity to go one point above Arsenal into second and be closer to Liverpool,” Man City manager Pep Guardiola says. “The reality is since we lost to Aston Villa we didn’t lose one game and the games we drew we were better.

“The games we won, we were better too. I don’t know if we’re going to win the Premier League. We’re not satisfied with the result [against Chelsea] but it’s part of the game and you have to give credit to Chelsea for what they have done.

“We have to continue to improve and focus and be in the title race.”

Julian Alvarez of Manchester City warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brentford FC at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Tonight’s match was rescheduled as a result of Manchester City’s involvement in the Club World Cup. (Which they won.) That makes it the second meeting between these sides in 15 days. City had little trouble in the first of them, breezing past Brentford behind Phil Foden’s hat-trick at the Gtech.

“We conceded three goals [on 5 February against City] but I actually thought we defended well,” Brentford manager Thomas Frank says. “Any team facing City needs to defend well.”

He adds: “We need to do our best to learn our lessons from those three goals and avoid similar situations tonight. I have a good feeling we can keep them relatively quiet, but we know City can suddenly explode and have five men behind you.”

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The teams!

Pep Guardiola has made three tweaks to the City side that drew with Chelsea on Saturday, inserting John Stones, Bernardo Silva and Oscar Bobb in place of Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake and Jeremy Doku. Thomas Frank also makes three change to his team following Saturday’s defeat to Liverpool: Yoane Wissa, Mathias Jorgensen and Frank Onyeka are in, while Neal Maupay, Nathan Collins and Mathias Jensen drop to the bench.

Manchester City

XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Akanji, Rodri, Bobb, Foden, Alvarez, Bernardo Silva, Haaland

Subs: Ortega, Carson, Ake, Kovacic, Doku, De Bruyne, Gomez, Nunes, Lewis

Brentford

XI: Flekken, Onyeka, Ajer, Mee, Roerslev, Jorgensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Reguilon, Toney, Wissa

Subs: Strakosha, Maupay, Jensen, Ghoddos, Collins, Lewis-Potter, Damsgaard, Baptiste, Yarmoliuk

Hello and welcome the Etihad for tonight’s Premier League meeting between Manchester City and Brentford. After dropping points at home against Chelsea on Saturday, the hosts are currently third in the table at 53 points behind Liverpool (57) and Arsenal (55) with a game in hand. A win today would go a long way toward keeping pressure on the leaders.

The Bees, who are 14th with 25 points, are coming off a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at home where Ivan Toney’s lone goal was canceled out by Darwin Núñez, Alexis Mac Allister, Cody Gakpo and Mo Salah on his return from injury.

The team sheets will be with us any moment and we’ll have them over to you directly.

Preamble

Good evening. Welcome to coverage of the rescheduled Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, where the defending champions will hope to recover from their minor stumble against Chelsea at the weekend to move above Arsenal to within one point of leaders Liverpool, who host Luton tomorrow. Bryan will be here with full coverage shortly but in the meantime Pep Guardiola felt like he had some apologising to do before this evening’s match. Read all about it here.

And Jonathan Wilson analysed Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea and came to the conclusion that it highlighted a glaring weakness in Pep Guardiola’s team.



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