Haaland and big stars return for the hosts

Manchester City host Brentford at the Etihad at the start of the Premier League early on Saturday, as the reigning champions look to make it to the top of the league ahead of the World Cup.

Pep Guardiola’s side are currently second behind Arsenal and if the Gunners fail to beat Wolves on Saturday night and Man City win, then the Manchester club will go into half-time top of the table.

City have won their last three Premier League games in a row, but it has been hard work for the defending champions of late.

Last time out, Guardiola’s side needed a last-minute goal from Erling Haaland to save the day against Fulham and the Spaniard has made several changes for today’s clash from the midweek game in the Carabao Cup. against Chelsea.

City have brought in Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Akanji De Bruyne, Silva, Foden and main man Erling Haaland for today’s clash at the Etihad, which is the Norwegian striker’s first Premier League start since 22 October.

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As for Brentford, the Bees have not won any of their last four games but remain well placed in the league table in 11th place.

Last weekend, the London club had their own last-minute drama as they were denied victory over Nottingham Forest due to an own goal. Manager Thomas Frank will see it as a blow, but it could make a huge statement by getting a result today at the Etihad.

The Danish manager has made three changes since the Forest draw with Zanka, Onyeka and the Bees’ top scorer Ivan Toney all returning from the away side.

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