Erling Haaland on the verge of smashing Thierry Henry record – Stat Preview: Brentford vs Manchester City (Premier League) | OneFootball

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·28 May 2023

Erling Haaland on the verge of smashing Thierry Henry record – Stat Preview: Brentford vs Manchester City (Premier League)

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Manchester City will close out their title-winning 2022/23 Premier League season with a trip to Brentford on Sunday afternoon.

City take on Thomas Frank’s side hoping to avoid a league double for the Bees, after Brentford became one of the few clubs to inflict defeat on Pep Guardiola’s side with a 1-2 win at the Etihad Stadium prior to the FIFA World Cup last November.

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Coming into match full confidence, Manchester City will be hoping to further extend their unbeaten run of 25 matches across all competitions – putting them in good stead for the two huge cup finals that are on the horizon.

Last time out, Phil Foden saw a first-half strike at the Amex Stadium cancelled out by a sensational long-range effort from Julio Enciso, as Manchester City were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against high-flying Brighton on the south coast.

That contest was the second of three matches that are meaningless for Pep Guardiola and his players at the end of this season, after they claimed a third successive Premier League title last weekend following Arsenal’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Following the meeting with Brentford in west London this weekend, Manchester City will have a week to prepare for their Emirates FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United, before jetting to Istanbul a week later for the Champions League final against Inter.

Ahead of the match-up at the Gtech Community Stadium, here are all the important statistics and potential landmarks to look out for between Brentford and Manchester City!


  1. Brentford have alternated between victory (2) and defeat (2) in their last four final league matches of a season, losing 2-1 at home to Leeds last season.
  1. The Bees are assured of their first top-half finish in a top-flight season since coming sixth in 1937/38.
  1. Brentford have won four of their past five league games, more victories than in their previous 13 fixtures (W3, D6, L4).
  1. Bryan Mbeumo is vying to score in three consecutive league appearances for the first time since doing so in the Championship in December 2019.
  1. Brentford are chasing a club record-equalling third consecutive Premier League victory.
  1. Thomas Frank’s Brentford have lost just one of their last 14 home Premier League matches (W7, D6).

Manchester City

  1. Manchester City have won five of their six Premier League away games against London sides this season, with the exception being a 1-0 loss at Tottenham.
  1. Erling Haaland‘s 36 goals this campaign is the most by any player in an English top-flight season since Southampton’s Ron Davies finished with 37 in 1966/67.
  1. Only two teams have ever done the Premier League double over Manchester City in a season where they were crowned Champions, with both of them being London clubs – Chelsea in 2013/14 and Tottenham last season.
  1. Manchester City have won their final league game in eight of the last nine seasons, including each of the last six in a row. Their last such defeat was at home to Norwich in the 2012/13 campaign (2-3).
  1. Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in four of the past five meetings in all competitions.
  1. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are unbeaten in 25 matches in all competitions (W20, D5).
  1. Should Manchester City avoid defeat, they will reach 90 Premier League points for the fourth time – breaking a record they currently share with Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

Previous Meetings

  1. Brentford defeated Manchester City in the last meeting between the two sides – a 1-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium in November, 2022.
  1. Brentford are looking to complete their second ever league double over Manchester City, previously doing so in 1937/38.
  1. This is just the third campaign in which Brentford and Manchester City have met since 1937/38.

Potential Landmarks

  1. Erling Haaland could set a new record for the most goal involvements in a single 38-game Premier League season, currently recording 36 goals and 8 assists. He requires one more goal involvement to overtake Thierry Henry.
  1. This weekend could mark Nathan Ake‘s 50th Premier League appearance in a Manchester City shirt.
  1. Kevin De Bruyne is four goals away from 100 for Manchester City across all competitions.
  1. The meeting with Brentford will mark Manchester City‘s 1000th Premier League match.

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