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Brown outlines Brentford strengths

Former City midfielder Michael Brown has assessed the potential threats of Brentford ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash.

City welcome Thomas Frank’s side to the Etihad Stadium in a 19:45 (UK) kick-off, as we aim to extend our unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches.

The Bees sit seven points clear of the Premier League relegation zone and pushed Guardiola's men to our limits in December's reverse fixture.

And while Brown is confident City have what it takes to pick up all three points, he has outlined some of the threats Brentford will pose at the Etihad Stadium.

“They’re one of the best set piece teams in the league, that tells you straight away where the threat comes from with Ivan Toney leading the line.” he explained.

“I think they have a good shape out of possession and are really hard to beat at times, there’s been some really low score-lines for the Club that they’ve set.

“They try to be brave late on, come forward and counter attack you and they’re dangerous from long throws.

“I expect City to have far too much of the ball at the Etihad, they just won’t want to get counter attacked like against Fulham, hopefully it will be a comfortable day.”

In his pre-match press conference, Pep Guardiola expressed his personal delight at Brentford's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen’s return to football.

The 29-year-old joined the Bees on a six-month contract in the January transfer window after making a full recovery from a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

And Brown echoed the City boss’ sentiments ahead of the Dane’s potential debut for his new club.


He said: “It’s fabulous just to see him signing for a Club, what type of game time we’ll soon see how fit and what type of minutes he’ll get.

“But you know the type of threat he has, set pieces and a great delivery.

“Thankfully for City he might take a bit of time to get going given the amount of football he’s missed, but notably I just think it’s fabulous for him to be playing football again.”

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Michael Brown will be commentating on City’s upcoming Premier League and Champions League matches against Norwich and Sporting Lisbon alongside Alistair Mann over on the Man City app.

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