Manchester City have the opportunity to immediately bounce back from the draw at Newcastle on Saturday with the second of three Premier League games in a week; a trip to Burnley on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday night’s game will be at the unusual kick off time of 20:15pm with the game being the second of 20 live streamings a season for the next 3 years on Amazon Prime TV. It will be the first ever occasion where a full round of Premier League fixtures will be broadcast live in the UK.
The recent poor performances and run of results hasn’t been helped by the casualty list at the CFA. Aymeric Laporte has recently said that he will be out for up to another two months and Leroy Sané also continues to recover from a knee injury, but there are still doubts as to whether he will play for City again as the January transfer window looms and Bayern Munich are still heavily linked with the German. Sergio Agüero remains sidelined with a muscular injury sustained during the victory over Chelsea, and although returning to training after a knee operation, Oleksandr Zinchenko won’t be fit for Tuesdays clash.
Ilkay Gundogan is also unavailable for Tuesday’s match after the German picked up his 5th yellow card of the season at Newcastle, triggering an automatic 1 match suspension.
Burnley could have Ashley Westwood available after completing a suspension, although the player is struggling with a slight groin problem. Sean Dyche is also sweating over the fitness of left back Charlie Taylor but Erik Pieters should return.
Head To Head
There have been 103 meetings between the two North West based sides with City having won 47, drawn 25 and lost 30 games against Burnley. The two sides met 3 times last season with City winning all three by an aggregate score of 11-0. Two 5-0 victories and a crucial 1-0 win at Turf Moor during the title run in. City have only lost on one occasion out of the last 22 against Burnley, that time being in 2015.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won just one their last 5 games in all competitions, and Saturday’s 2-2 against Newcastle was the 5th time in 14 matches that City have dropped points in this Premier League campaign thus far. The Blues sit in third place, 11 points behind leaders Liverpool and within a victory of Leicester in second. Things aren’t to get much easier for the Champions either, with games against United, Arsenal and Leicester all before Christmas.
Burnley are in 10th place with 2 wins from their last 5 matches having suffered a 2-0 defeat at home on Saturday to Crystal Palace. A win against City could see the Clarets climb as high as to 6th place depending on other results.
After a lethargic attacking display at St James’ Park, partly because of City’s unimaginative and uninspiring play, and partly down to Steve Bruce’s set up, you wouldn’t be surprised if Sean Dyche did something similar. A 5-4-1 with only 1 striker up top for Burnley? Or a more common 4-4-2 with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood upfront? For City you would expect the usual 4-3-3 set up despite recent struggles against sides that sit back and “park the bus” with the potential for a few changes in personnel given Saturday’s result and the upcoming Manchester Derby.
Jon Moss will take charge of match 211 of his Premier League career and will be joined by Marc Perry and Eddie Smart. Martin Atkinson will be the fourth official while Graham Scott and Andy Halliday will be watching proceedings from VAR HQ at Stockley Park.
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