Our prediction for this Premier League match:
High-flying Man City will look to extend their winning run in the Premier League to five games when they take on Brentford in the Premier League round 23. The Citizens have been in a fine form of late and seeing that Pep Guardiola has a full squad to choose from, away win should be considered. Fit-again striker Erling Haaland is widely expected to return to the starting XI as well as Jack Grealish, who came as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Burnley.
The Bees, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-2 loss to Tottenham, which is yet another reason why we are going to place our bets on the title-chasing visitors. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be returnee Ivan Toney, who has found his goal-scoring touch, while both Onyeka and Ghoddos are still on the international duty.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Kovacic):
Born to Croatian parents in Linz, Austria, Mateo Kovacic spent seven years in the LASK Linz youth academy before joining Dinamo Zagreb, where he showed a great deal of potential shortly after being promoted to the senior squad.
The good return of 7 goals in 43 league appearances saw him secure a high-profile move to Inter Milan, where he acted as both holding midfielder and attacking midfielder, during the three years at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. And despite not exactly impressing in Italy, Kovacic was purchased by mighty Real Madrid, where he has been ever since. The youngster is widely regarded as one of Croatia’s most talented footballers at the moment and he has represented the country on international stage since the age of 19.
In just three years he managed to make over 25 appearances for the national team, playing at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 finals for Vatreni. Kovavic has yet to be given a real chance to impress at Real Madrid, but he has entire future ahead of him.
Highlighted Team (Brentford):
Based in London, Brentford compete in the Championship and they were founded in 1898. Griffin Park has been the home ground of the club since 1904 and the capacity of the venue is 12,300.
The Bees have yet to play in the Premier League and it has to be noted that they made it to the FA Cup sixth round on four occasions (1937/1938, 1945/1946,1948/1949, 1988/1989). Brentford played in the League Cup round 4 in the 1982/1983 and 2010/2011 season and that is the club’s biggest success in the competition.
Brentford’s main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers and they take on each other in the West London Derby. The rivalry with the Cottagers is probably the biggest and you should bear in mind that the clashes between the two teams have their history of crowd violence. The colour of Brentford’s shirts is red and white and they wear black shorts.