Manchester City return to Premier League action on Wednesday night, as Pep Guardiola’s side look to continue their unbeaten run.
City are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches and could extend the points gap to second-place Liverpool to 12 points with a win against Brentford. Guardiola’s side progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup after an impressive 4-1 win against Fulham at the weekend and will be hoping for a similar result at the Etihad on Wednesday.
Young talent Cole Palmer is expected to miss out, with Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus also a doubt for the game against the Bees.
So, what line-up will Guardiola select? And, what could the final score be?
We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Man City v Brentford on Wednesday and this is what happened…
Man City v Brentford score predicted by simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Man City could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Edison; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Silva, DeBruyne; Sterling, Grealish, Mahrez.
We predict that Brentford could set up in a 5-3-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Stripe; Roerslev, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Baptiste, Norgaard, Onyeka; Canos, Tony.
City dominated possession of the ball in the opening 20 minutes, stretching Brentford’s defense and creating plenty of chances for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish to get in behind, but David Raya stood firm in the visitors’ goal.
Kevin De Bruyne struck the crossbar with a free kick on the half-hour mark, whipping the ball up and over the wall only to see it crash off of the woodwork and back into play from 25-yards.
Sterling thought he had opened the scoring for the hosts but the 27-year-old was deemed to be offside by the tightest of margins after drifting behind the Brentford defense just moments before Bernardo Silva lifted the ball through for the winger to run on to and slot into the bottom corner.
City’s pressure and dominance finally resulted in the opening goal in the second-half, as Rodri drifted forward from midfield into a scoring position, calmly placing the ball into the bottom left corner past Raya.
Sterling picked the ball up inside the Brentford half, beating Onyeka with some nice footwork before playing the ball into De Bruyne who threaded a pass into Rodri.
The Spaniard had the composure to dig the ball out from under his feet and slot the ball into the bottom left corner, giving Guardiola’s side the lead on the hour mark.
Grealish doubled City’s lead with 10 minutes to play, firing the ball into the corner with a powerful strike just inside the penalty box and sealing all three points for the hosts.
Mahrez caused the Brentford defense problems as he darted inside from the right-wing, but his shot was parried away by Raya to the feet of Grealish who followed up on the Algerian’s effort with a volleyed finish into the back of the net, making it 2 -0 to City as they extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Manchester City 2-0 Brentford
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 22 predicts that City will dominate the game throughout but fail to make their pressure count until the second half, as goals from Rodri and Grealish extend City’s points advantage to 12 in the Premier League and maintain the club’s unbeaten run.
Brentford struggled to create many chances against a strong City side that cruised to victory, with Guardiola’s side looking to continue their fine form against Norwich at the weekend.
What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments!