Manchester City is searching for their first league double over Brentford since 1936-37, when they won their first top-flight title.
Brentford hasn’t played Man City in any competition since losing 4-1 at Maine Road in the League Cup in October 1989 under Steve Perryman.
With the exception of the 1992-93 season, only two teams have ever won at the incumbent Premier League winners in their first season (D5 L20): Derby in 1996-97 (3-2 versus Manchester United) and Bournemouth in 2015-16. (1-0 vs Chelsea).
Manchester City has won all 17 of their Premier League games played on Wednesdays, including a 1-0 victory over Brentford in the reverse fixture in December. Only Liverpool has recorded a longer winning streak on a given day of the week in Premier League history (21 on Saturday between 2018 and 2020).
Brentford has lost each of their last four league games, with the Bees losing five in a row for the first time in League Two in December 2007 under Terry Butcher.
After keeping a clean sheet in three of their first five Premier League games (0.4 goals conceded per game), Brentford have recorded just one shutout in their last 18 in the competition (2 goals conceded per game).
Since losing 2-0 against Crystal Palace in October, Man City have won their last six Premier League home games by an aggregate score of 20-4. Overall, Man City have scored 771 goals in 353 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (2.2 per game), the best ratio of any side at a specific venue in the competition (min. 20 games).
Man City has scored first in 17 separate Premier League games this season, with the Citizens winning all 17 games in which they have done so. Only two teams have ever had a perfect record when scoring first in a Premier League season: Portsmouth (14/14) in 2007-08 and Manchester United (21/21) in 2017-18.
In his last 12 Premier League outings against promoted clubs, Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in 13 goals (5 goals, 8 assists), including setting up the Citizens’ winner against Brentford.
This season, Ivan Toney has scored six Premier League goals, more than any other Brentford player. He might become the first player for the Bees since Len Townsend in November 1946 to score in three straight top-flight matches.