Manchester City will look to maintain their superb away Premier League record against promoted sides when they face Brentford this week.
Pep Guardiola’s side are currently at the top of the table and have won their last three league games on the road against sides from the league with an aggregate score of 11-1.
City have also lost only their last league game in one of the past 20 calendar years and have won eight consecutive high profile games.
Brentford meanwhile face a difficult task as they look to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Brighton on Boxing Day.
Brentford v Manchester City: talkSPORT commentary
This Premier League shock will take place on Wednesday, December 29.
It will be held at Brentford Community Stadium and will start at 8:15 pm.
Coverage will be live and exclusive on talkSPORT 2 starting at 8 p.m. with commentary from Nigel Adderley and David Connolly.
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Brentford v Manchester City: team news
Brentford XI: Fernandez, Thompson, Pinnock, Sorensen, Jansson, Baptiste, Wissa, Jensen, Onyeka, Roerslev, Toney.
Subtitles: Cox, Canos, Forss, Ghoddos, Peart-Harris, Bidstrup, Stevens.
Man City XI: Ederson, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Jesus, Foden.
Subtitles: Steffen, Carson, Sterling, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Mbete, Palmer.
Brentford v Manchester City: information on the match
- The last high profile meetings between Brentford and Man City date back to 1937-38, with the Bees winning at home and away against defending champions Man City, relegated at the end of the campaign.
- It is the first meeting between Brentford and Manchester City in a competition since January 1997, the Citizens winning a 1-0 FA Cup match at Griffin Park thanks to a strike from Nicky Summerbee.
- Brentford have won 50% of their league games against the reigning top champions (W5 D3 L2), including two wins against Manchester City in the 1937-38 campaign.
- Manchester City have won their last three away league games against promoted sides with an aggregate score of 11-1. They last won consecutively against such opponents between December 2009 and November 2011 under Roberto Mancini (6).
- In their last league game of a calendar year at home, Brentford hasn’t lost since 2005 (0-2 to Colchester), scoring five wins and drawing three of their eight games since.
- Manchester City only lost their last league game in one of the last 20 calendar years (W10 D9), with that loss to Liverpool in 2016.
- After winning just one of their first six home games in the Premier League (D1 L4), Brentford have won their last two at home in the competition. They won three consecutive top-flight home victories in February / March 1939.
- Manchester City have lost four of their last 10 away Premier League games against London teams (5 v., N. 1), more than in their first 19 visits to the capital under Pep Guardiola (v. 14, n., n. 3).
- Manchester City scored 112 Premier League goals in 2021 – the last calendar year to see a better score for the English team was back in 1960, with Tottenham scoring 114 and Wolverhampton Wanderers scoring 113 that year.
- Man City’s Raheem Sterling has scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances, scoring five goals in total. He has never scored in five consecutive games in the competition before.