Manchester City vs Brentford: TV coverage plans

Brentford face a tough challenge when they travel to Manchester City in their final game before the World Cup, and he’s available to watch it on US TV.

The Premier League will host its final round of fixtures before the World Cup break. Manchester City are hoping to head into this break as close to league leaders Arsenal as possible.

To do that, Pep Guardiola’s charges need to register a win over Brentford. The hosts will be boosted by the return of Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian made an appearance off the bench against Fulham on Saturday. He scored the winning goal and will start against the Bees.

Brentford are a team that has the potential to shock anyone in the Premier League. Their 4-0 dismantling of Manchester United earlier in the season was proof enough of that.

Thomas Frank is shrewd enough to know he won’t be able to win the match against the defending champions.

A victory in Saturday’s early kick-off will return the Blues to the top of the Premier League. Meanwhile, Brentford continue to outperform their limited resources and sit in eleventh place.

Manchester City v Brentford TV coverage plans

Kick-off time: 7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT – Saturday, November 12
Watch now (in the US): Live on Sling Blue
Commentators: Jim Proudfoot and Jim Beglin
American television: Match is on USA Network (available through Sling Blue)

Manchester City and Brentford recent form comparison

The Blues have an almost perfect book of their last five matches. A 1-0 defeat at Anfield is the only stain.

City played well against the Merseyside club, despite the result. In their other four games they beat Southampton, Brighton, Leicester City and Fulham.

By contrast, Brentford have slipped in their last five outings. They have only managed one win in five, dating back to October 14 against Brighton.

Since then, the Bees have drawn with Chelsea, Wolves and Nottingham Forest, as well as being demolished 4-0 at Aston Villa.

Frank will no doubt be concerned about his side’s form, with Ivan Toney’s goals drying up. Things are unlikely to get any easier with a trip to the reigning champions.

Planned compositions

Manchester City will continue to be without Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker through injury. Joao Cancelo was sent off against Fulham but will be able to play against Brentford after serving his Carabao Cup suspension.

Erling Haaland will return to the starting XI after fully recovering from injury.

Aaron Hickey has an ankle injury and will not travel to the Etihad Stadium. Other than that, Brentford have no availability issues.

Ivan Toney will return from suspension and be eligible for selection, regardless of a Football Association investigation into his bet.

Manchester City predicted starting XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Akanji, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Grealish, Haaland

Brentford predicted starting XI (4-3-3): Raya, Roerslev, Mee, Pinnock, Henry, Jensen, Janelt, Dasilva, Mbeumo, Damsgaard, Toney

PHOTO: IMAGO / Focus Images

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