Manchester City will be licking their lips at the thought of playing Burnley who could be described as lowly when weighed against English big guns – Arsenal and Manchester United – who have been pitted against each other. That said, fans will be ready to see if the Citizens will get out of this one smiling or scratching their heads.
Burnley will be seeking to pull off a surprise against the Manchester Blues when they host them on the 26th in front of home fans. Sean Dyche’s men are aware that the odds are not in their favour and they therefore need right tactical decisions bundled with luck to see them past City.
Burnley have won just twice away from home this term with those victories against Cardiff and Huddersfield. That said, they are on a fine run of form, one which has seen them unbeaten in their last five games.
By and large, it will be an uphill task for the club when they face the Citizens
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Pep Guardiola is expected to make few changes to the team that played Burton and Hove Albion – one in which they won 10-0 aggregate.
Although stats say otherwise, the Blues haven’t been particularly fiery in front of goal as they were at the start of the season. Several fans would argue that the league’s defending champions have won most recent matches due to individual play rather than team play.
Even so, the win is for the taking and the Guardiola-led team should run out easy winners over Burnley.
Only Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo remain on the sidelines due to injury for the Blues
Possible Starting Line-Up
Heaton; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Mee; Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood
Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sane.
We say Burnley 0-3 Manchester City