England didn’t follow the general tradition of soccer Europe this week, with many playing another midweek game. But Saturday will be an incredibly busy Premier League schedule. Manchester City and Brentford will play each other first. Is there even a shred of intrigue in this pairing?
The Citizens are showing the statistics of a champion. It’s not a hundred percent, so no one is aiming for records. Especially since all of them have been repeatedly broken, moreover, the APL is perceived almost as a “mandatory program” compared to the unattainable goal of capturing the title in the Champions League. And then there’s the new trump card of the summer – Hollande. It was Erling who brought the victory in the previous round, against Fulham. True, the Norwegian, who came on as a substitute, simply converted the penalty earned by De Bruyne. By the way, only in the added minutes – the Cottagers proved to be a difficult opponent.
The Bees were back before the start of last season in the elite division of Great Britain. And their first season this project, with a clear “Danish” emphasis in the selection, was certainly successful. But it was curious to see how the team would perform at a high level in the second year. Everything started optimistically enough: Thomas Franco’s charges got back from 0-2 at Leicester and then crushed Manchester United 4-0. And then there were many successes, such as victories over Leeds and Brighton and draws with Chelsea. But, on the other hand, in the previous 4 rounds we failed to get a win. Including a smashing, 0-4, from Aston Villa, which had just sacked Steven Gerrard. And then there were only draws with crisis Wolverhampton (home 1-1) and newcomer, Nottingham Forest (away 2-2).
Prior to last season, the clubs had not crossed paths with each other. In the Premier League, Manchester City managed to secure rather modest, but quiet, “dry” victories – 2-0 and 1-0.
Brentford are capable of creating problems, but they hardly have a real chance of creating problems for the champion on the road. We bet on Manchester City to win with a -2 goal handicap