We analyse the Man City goalscorer odds vs Brentford as the reigning Premier League champions aim to hit back from a rare blip against Chelsea.
The Citizens' run of 11 consecutive wins ended with a 1-1 home draw against the Blues on Saturday. Ultimately, Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession and created chances but relied on a late Rodri strike to earn a point.
Although Erling Haaland couldn’t convert for a second successive home match, the Norwegian striker was getting into promising positions. During the clash, Haaland’s individual XG was 1.74, while he also attempted to double the number of shots (10) than strike partner Julian Alvarez.
Haaland might get more time and space against a leaky Brentford on Tuesday. With that in mind, we look at how Haaland stands out in the Man City goalscorer odds vs Brentford.
Man City goalscorer odds vs Brentford
Erling Haaland to score 2+ goals vs Brentford – 5/2
Haaland’s emphatic goalscoring record is hard to ignore. The Premier League’s top scorer has 16 goals in 18 starts and averages 1.12 XG per game.
At the Etihad, the Norway international also scores plenty. In his last seven home appearances, Haaland has hit the net six times, including two braces.
The 23-year-old striker has also scored two or more goals on eight occasions for club and country in the 2023/24 campaign. Haaland also demonstrated his ability to net in pairs during the 2-0 win at home against Everton just over a week ago.
Despite getting into promising goalscoring positions against Chelsea, Haaland showed some unusual rustiness in his finishing. However, more opportunities will likely come his way against a struggling Brentford side.
The Bees have slipped towards the Premier League relegation zone following eight defeats in 10. Thomas Frank’s side have also been defensively frail in this spell, conceding 24.
This could be the match where Haaland gets back amongst the goals after failing to strike in his last two. A personal motivation will also come from the fact the 23-year-old has not scored against Brentford in two head-to-heads for City.
First goalscorer odds for Haaland – 9/4
In the reverse fixture at Brentford just two weeks ago, Haaland almost made a perfect start on his return from injury. The striker went agonisingly close to striking City’s opener when he broke into the box and forced a strong save from Mark Flekken.
It was an encouraging sign for Haaland as he nearly added an eighth first-half goal to his Premier League tally.
However, when Haaland has found the net recently, he has usually opened the scoring for the Citizens. In his last two goalscoring appearances in the Premier League, Haaland has struck first for City.
Guardiola’s side also make regular fast starts on home turf in the Premier League. The reigning champions have scored 17 first-half goals in 12 matches at the Etihad this season.
Visiting Brentford have also struggled to keep out the early goals, conceding 17 in the first period in the Premier League.
City have winning momentum behind them, and Haaland is likely to lead the Citizens charge again as they aim to close the gap on Liverpool.