Manchester City vs Burnley: All you need to know about this Premier League fixture
Manchester City and Burnley are set to go head-to-head in the gameweek 9 of the English Premier League.
Competition – Premier League
Date – 21st October, 2017, Saturday
Time – 7:30 pm (IST), 3:00 pm (UK)
Venue – Etihad Stadium
TV Info – Star Sports Select 2 & Select HD 2(India), CNBC(US), No telecast in UK
Live Stream – Hotstar, Sky Go, NBC Sports Live
Match Officials- Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Bobby Madley
Manchester City and Burnley are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium. Burnley would be willing to cause an upset by beating title favourites Manchester City whereas Pep Guardiola’s men will try to maintain their firm grip on top spot and to end gameweek 9 on a winning note.
Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Premier League glory this time after enduring a frustrating trophyless last season, the first of it’s kind in his managerial career. City have started this season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton in Premier League. A draw against Everton in gameweek 2 halted their progress a little bit. But they are back in form now after edging past Bournemouth by 2-1 in gameweek 3 courtesy to a 97th minute winner by Raheem Sterling and 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool in gameweek 4. And their fine run continued with an emphatic 6-0 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road.
They further intensified their ambition with a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace and a statement making 1-0 win away at the Stamford Bridge. Last week they demolished Stoke City 7-2 at the Etihad.
Burnley, on the other hand, will step up in gameweek 9 with mixed results in their kitty. They have done quite a decent job so far and currently standing at the 7th position of the league table. Their 13 points from first 8 games so far is a club record but Sean Dyche knows it would be very difficult for his side to keep this Manchester City side under control.
Recent form (Last 5 league matches)
Manchester City – W W W W W
Burnley – W D D W D
Manchester City – 1st
Burnley – 7th
Probable line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Otamendi, Stones, Delph, Toure, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, Sane, Sterling, Aguero
Formation – 4-3-3
Injuries and Suspensions- Vincent Kompany(Injured), Benjamin Mendy(Injured)
Probable line-up: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Brady, Defour, Cork, Arfield, Hendrick, Wood
Formation – 4-4-1-1
Injuries and Suspensions- Heaton(Injured), Walters(Injured), Marney(Injured), Wells(Injured)
Manchester City and Burnley have met 6 times in the Premier League era with Manchester City and Burnley came up as the winning side 3 times and 1 times respectively, the rest of the 2 matches ended in stalemate. Last season City beat Burnley 2-1 in both of the legs.
Manchester City are flying high in this moment whereas Burnley regained some confidence after their recent results.Sean Dyche knows his side can pull off an upset if they are enough focused. But Burnley would find it very hard to stop a thrashing considering the kind of form Guardiola’s men are going through. I will go with 3-0 in favour of Manchester City.