When is Man City vs Brentford? New date for Premier League match moved due to Club World Cup

Manchester City begin their FIFA Club World Cup campaign against J1 League side Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.

Should Pep Guardiola’s side get through their encounter with the 2022 AFC Champions League winners as expected, they will contest the final on Friday, December 22. They would then face the winner of the first semifinal between Copa Libertadores champions Fluminense and Egyptian giants Al Ahly, which is contested on December 18.

These obligations for the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League winners have meant a change to their Premier League schedule. Given they will potentially spend a full week in Saudi Arabia, their top-flight plans have had to be put on hold.

That means a change for the date of the league match against Brentford, which was initially due to take place the weekend before Christmas.

Here’s all we know so far about when Man City’s game with Thomas Frank’s side will take place.

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When is Man City vs Brentford?

The fixtures for the 2023/24 Premier League season slated City to host Brentford on the weekend of December 23.

However, Club World Cup participation meant this was never practical.

A new date for the fixture is yet to be confirmed and it is likely the Premier League will wait to see how the third round of the FA Cup unfolds.

Brentford host Wolves in an all-Premier League clash on January 5, with City welcoming Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town two days later.

If either team draws their FA Cup game, they will have to play a replay on the w/c January 14. In the event of neither City nor Brentford needing a replay, this midweek opens up as a possible slot for their Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium.

Similarly, the w/c February 5 is free for FA Cup fourth-round replays in the English calendar and could be a potential home for City vs. Brentford.

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In this instance, the game would take place as the second part of a double-header in the midweek after City travel to Brentford on February 3.

If neither of those weeks are viable due to FA Cup participation, City vs. Brentford could take place on one of the midweeks when Guardiola’s men are not playing in the Champions League Round of 16.

The holders were drawn against FC Copenhagen and the two legs will be held on February 13 (first legs) and March 6 (second leg).

UEFA prefers to have exclusivity during its matchweeks, meaning the Premier League would have to seek approval to stage City vs. Brentford at the same time as Champions League fixtures. However, there are examples of such special dispensation being granted over recent years.

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Man City vs. Brentford head-to-head, all-time record

Given City’s recent struggles, winning only one of their past six Premier League games and frequently letting late leads slip, it’s perhaps a blessing they don’t have to tackle Brentford this weekend.

Frank’s side have won two and lost two of four Premier League games against City and were the only team to complete the Premier League double over Guardiola’s men in their treble-winning season.

There is notable context, in that Brentford hosted a much-changed City team on the final weekend of the Premier League season when they had already won the title and had an eye on the following week’s Champions League final against Inter Milan. Ethan Pinnock scored the only goal five minutes from time.

The Bees’ win at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season — especially the manner of it and City’s current form — feels far more significant.

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Ivan Toney gave Frank’s men an early lead in Manchester before a scorching Phil Foden strike levelled things at the break.

City wailed away at the Brentford defence without reward throughout the second half before Toney stunned them on the break with a 97th-minute winner.

Toney’s ban for breaching the FA’s betting rules expires on January 16, meaning he is likely to be available for both games against City this season, providing he does not secure a January transfer away from Brentford.

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