Man City v Brentford LIVE commentary: Erling Haaland returns to starting line-up as City look to pile pressure on leaders Arsenal – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

    Manchester City will look to claim top spot in the Premier League and put the pressure on Arsenal when they host Brentford this lunchtime.

    City remain two points behind the Gunners after both sides won last weekend.

    Guardiola’s Man City take on Brentford in the Premier League this weekend

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    Guardiola’s Man City take on Brentford in the Premier League this weekend

    Ten-man City needed a last-minute Erling Haaland penalty to edge past Fulham and now they’ll be eager to move back to the summit on Saturday.

    Arsenal will be in action later today when they travel to Wolves, LIVE on talkSPORT.

    Brentford are 11th in the top-flight but haven’t won in their last four games. They drew at Nottingham Forest last weekend and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Gillingham in midweek.

    Man City v Brentford: talkSPORT coverage 

    This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, November 12.

    talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the game at the Etihad, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30pm.

    Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host and commentary will be provided by Sam Matterface and former England defender Micky Gray.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    ou can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Haaland stepped up to fire home the winning goal from the spot against Fulham

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    Haaland stepped up to fire home the winning goal from the spot against Fulham

    Man City v Brentford: Team news

    Man City: Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Bernardo, Haaland, Foden

    Subs: Dias, Phillips, Grealish, Ortega, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis

    Brentford: Raya, Jorgensen, Mee, Pinnock, Roerslev, Onyeka, Janelt, Jensen, Henry, Mbeumo, Toney

    Subs: Norgaard, Canos, Dasilva, Wissa, Ghoddos, Lewis-Potter, Crama, Cox, Yarmolyuk

    Referee: Peter Bankes

    Man City v Brentford: What’s been said?

    After returning to action in midweek, Phillips said: “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a long time. I’m glad to get back out there and play with the lads.

    “Without playing for a while, it’s nerve-wracking stepping onto the pitch for one of my first appearances for the club. It felt good.

    “[It’s been] difficult. When I first found out I needed the operation everything went out the window. I didn’t feel great about the situation. But after a couple of days I always made sure I worked hard. I was always positive. I’m back fit now so hopefully have a chance.

    “A couple of days after the operation my thought was to get back into the club and do as much as I could to get fit. I did more sessions than I would have done to get my fitness back.”

    Brentford have had a poor week

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    Brentford have had a poor week

    Man City v Brentford: Match facts

    • Manchester City are averaging more high turnovers per game than any other side in the Premier League this season (10.8), while only Everton (27) have faced more shots from high turnovers than Brentford so far this term (25).
    • Brentford are one of four teams yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season (D4 L3), with only Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Wolves (2 each) gaining fewer points on the road than the Bees (4).
    • Manchester City have won each of their last 11 Premier League home games, their longest such run since a run of 14 in the 2017-18 campaign. They’ve scored at least twice in their last 15 at the Etihad, with only Liverpool having a longer run of scoring 2+ goals in Premier League home games (16 between February and December 2019).
    • Brentford have won just one of their five away league games against Manchester City, winning 2-0 on Christmas Day in 1937 in the top-flight.
    • Man City won home and away against Brentford in the Premier League last season, but have never won three consecutive league games against the Bees (10 meetings).
    • Ederson has won 149 of his 195 Premier League games with Manchester City – victory here would make him the first player to reach 150 wins in fewer than 200 appearances in the competition.
    • Bryan Mbeumo has played 49 Premier League games for Brentford, and could become the first player to reach 50 for the Bees. He’s provided more assists than any other player for the club in the competition (8) and is looking to score in consecutive top-flight appearances for the first time.
    • Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has fired more shots from outside the box than any other player in the Premier League this season (24), with two of his three goals so far coming from distance. Meanwhile, only Tottenham (93) have faced more shots from outside the box than Brentford (92) so far this term.
    • As well as being the top scorer in the Premier League this season, Erling Haaland’s goals have been worth a league-high 13 points to Manchester City. It’s the most points won by a Man City player in a single Premier League campaign since 2016-17 (Sergio Agüero, 13).
    • Only Nottingham Forest and Everton (both 16%) have played a higher percentage of their passes long in the Premier League this season than Brentford (15.6%). Indeed, David Raya has completed 60 passes to Ivan Toney, the most a goalkeeper has played to a non-defender in the competition so far this term.

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