Brentford welcome Manchester City leaders to their “bus stop in Hounslow” for the first time in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
When Brentford entered the international break in October, Brentford had done an easy job with the so-called toughest league in the world, collecting 12 points from their first seven matches and living in the European places. Nevertheless, the bees have been in free fall since then, and collected only two wins in their subsequent ten top rounds (D2 L6).
Here’s the XI Thomas Frank might be able to clap from his decimated squad against a side looking at a tenth straight Premier League victory.
Pontus Jansson became captain on his arrival at Brentford 2019 / Bryn Lennon / GettyImages
Alvaro Fernandez (GK) – David Raya’s exact kick against Liverpool proved to be so effective in circumventing the high pressure that Jurgen Klopp joked that he should wear the number ten shirt. Fernandez does not offer the same alternative to another in the Premier League elite.
Ethan Pinnock (CB) – The same season that Pep Guardiola came to Manchester City, Pinnock still played non-league football. Now he will stand up to the continental elite as equals.
Pontus Jansson (CB) – With his team-mates repeatedly suffering from ailments and absences, the club captain may well be the only player to start every Premier League match for Brentford if he leads them out as expected in the middle of the week.
Mads Bech Sorensen (CB) – With the start of the season as Brentford’s fourth midfielder, Sorensen has returned from a long own layoff to try to fill the gaping gap after the loss of record signing Kristoffer Ajer.
Saman Ghoddos has often impressed from the bench this season / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages
Sergi Canos (RWB) – “Thomas, you know I can not defend”, was the honest assessment Canos delivered by himself when Frank first pushed the idea of a wingback role. In the intervening years, the former Liverpool man has proven that he is emphatically wrong.
Shandon Baptiste (CM) – With each improved performance, Brentford’s 23-year-old midfield dynamic is increasingly evolving into the side’s central fuel that is just as effective off the ball.
Mathias Jensen (CM) – In the absence of his talismanic compatriot Christian Norgaard and the Dane’s obvious entry Vitaly Janelt, Jensen may well be responsible for the pivotal role placed on him.
Saman Ghoddos (CM) – In the fleeting flashes that Frank has given him, the Iranian national team player may well have impressed enough to get a third top start in the middle of a stream of midfield absence.
Dominic Thompson (LWB) – As the former ever-present Rico Henry looks set to lose his race for fitness, the former Arsenal youth player could make his second Premier League start ever three days after his competitive debut.
Yoane Wissa (seated) and Ivan Toney have never started side by side for Brentford / Visionhaus / GettyImages
Yoane Wissa (ST) – One of five Brentford players with a couple of Premier League goals without a penalty (the highest number in the squad) Wissa is ready to replace the injured Bryan Mbeumo – another figure that is locked in that amount.
Ivan Toney (ST) – In a match that stretches back to March last season, Toney has only scored four goals from open play in 31 league games (more than half of which came in the Championship).
You can read 90mins preview of Brentford vs Man City here. You can read Man City’s predicted line-up here.
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