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Rotation required - How Man City could line up against Brentford

Pep Guardiola may turn to his impressively stacked array of talent in order to rest some key players amidst the busy schedule

Manchester City travel to Brentford top of the Premier League table, knowing a win will strengthen their stronghold in first place.

Pep Guardiola's men are currently on a nine-game winning streak in the English top flight, and have wrestled control from Chelsea and Liverpool over the busy Christmas period.

They face 14th place Brentford with a fairly clean bill of health, although John Stones, Rodri, and Kyle Walker will all miss out due to injury issues.

Ferran Torres also won't be involved after completing his move to Barcelona.

Guardiola is likely to use the game as a chance to rest several stars who have been overworked recently, and utilise his impressively bloated squad.

Rotation is to be expected, but the quality of play isn't. How could Man City line up against Thomas Frank's side?

Ederson will once again be in goal, looking to extend his lead at the top of the clean sheet standings for the season. In front of him will be a back four of Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte, and Oleksandr Zinchenko, with Guardiola likely to give Ruben Dias the day off.

Fernandinho will fill in for Rodri once again, with Ilkay Gundogan, and Phil Foden next to him. Kevin de Bruyne could well be saved for the trip to Arsenal on New Years Day.

Jack Grealish will play off the left, Cole Palmer may be given a chance off the right, while Gabriel Jesus will lead the line, looking to add to his two league goals this season.

Potential Man City Starting XI vs Brentford

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  Average Match Rating  
6.5
  Home  
8.4
6.7
  Away  
7.7
6.6
  Total  
8.1

Match statistics

Brentford
Statistics
Man City
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
7
15
Draws
5
1
Losses
8
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
31
51
Goals Per Game
1.55
2.55
More > 2.5 Goals
11
13
More > 3 Goals
6
8
Scored First in a Match
7
14
Scored Both Halves
4
10
Won More > 1 Goal
3
10
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
28
18
Did Not Score
6
3
Both Teams Scored
11
10
Kept Clean Sheet
4
8
Won Without Conceding
3
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
573
828
Possession
46
63
Passes
385
663
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
19
Shots on Target
4.70
7.60
Goals out of Shots
0.12
0.13
Crosses
16
22
Offsides
2.00
2.59
Penalties
0.20
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.20
0.40
Tackles Won
9.08
6.71
Clearances
22
8.29
Interceptions
11
8.07
Own Goals
0.10
0.05
Aerials Won
19
9.36
Total Shots Conceded
11
6.90
Shots on Target Conceded
4.47
2.95
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.12
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
8.90
Yellow Cards
1.85
1.55
Red Cards
0.00
0.10

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