Brentford vs Manchester City predictions: Bees target Europe on final day
Manchester City head to the Brentford Community Stadium for the final game of the season after already securing their third successive Premier League title, but their hosts are still in with a chance of qualifying for Europe.
Should Aston Villa and Tottenham fail to win their final-day clashes, a win for ninth-placed Brentford would see them leapfrog the duo and qualify for the Europa Conference League and they will be eager to take advantage of any complacency in Pep Guardiola’s side.
Brentford will be without top scorer Ivan Toney due to suspension, while Christian Norgaard, Pontus Jansson and Keane Lewis-Potter all remain sidelined.
Guardiola could have a full squad to select from, although both Phil Foden and Nathan Ake have fitness concerns and are unlikely to be risked.
The Manchester City manager says his team will be “as strong as possible” but, despite this, heavy rotation is an option as the Premier League champions prepare for their upcoming FA Cup and Champions League finals.
Brentford have won four of their last five matches.
The Bees have lost just two home Premier League games all season.
Manchester City’s only home defeat in 13 months came against Brentford.
Pep Guardiola’s side have failed to win three of their last five competitive away games.
Brentford have a slim chance of securing European football next season and will be hoping to capitalise on a potentially heavily-rotated Manchester City side.
The Bees have a fantastic home record to look back upon, too, with just two top-flight defeats at the Brentford Community Stadium all season, while a 3-1 victory at Tottenham last weekend made it four wins from their last five outings.
Guardiola will be keen to keep momentum going ahead of their upcoming FA Cup and Champions League finals, but at least some rotation is expected in preparation for these ties and their away record does have a few small blemishes recently.
The visitors have drawn three of their last five competitive away games, including their last trip to Brighton in midweek, while Thomas Frank’s side have had a full week to prepare for this fixture.
Brentford are the only side to beat Manchester City at the Etihad in the last 13 months and, given the motivation of potential European football and their fantastic home record this season, they could be in the position to do the double over the Premier League champions or at least secure a point.
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