Manchester City vs Burnley preview: How to watch, team news, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Norwich City at Turf Moor on October 02, 2021 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Burnley make the trip to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with their recent record looming over their shoulders. 

The Clarets have a dreadful record over their opponents at The Etihad during the Sean Dyche era with the aggregate score in the last five visits in league and cup being 24-1 to the hosts. 

  • Team News

Burnley will be without captain Ben Mee, who tested positive for Covid-19 during the week and is therefore self isolating. 

The visitors also have doubts over the fitness of Charlie Taylor and Matej Vydra with the latter being forced off in the Czech Republic's victory over Belarus on Monday. 

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Taylor picked up a knock in training and is touch and go to whether he plays on Saturday. 

Connor Roberts played 90 minutes for Wales in midweek but is not expected to feature. Maxwel Cornet will likely return for Burnley after recovering from a hamstring injury. 

As for Manchester City, they may be will be without their Brazilian stars, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus,, due to their return from international duty being potentially late. 

The hosts will definitely be without Spanish international, Ferran Torres, after he suffered a fractured to his foot whilst on international duty. 

Riyad Mahrez is likely to come in for Jesus on the right considering his form against The Clarets

  • Predicted Line - ups 

Manchester City: Steffen, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, B.Silva, Foden, Mahrez, Grealish (4-3-3) 

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Collins, Pieters, Cornet, Westwood, Cork, Brownhill, Gudmundsson, Wood (4-5-1)

  • Ones to Watch

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City): The Algerian seems to fire when facing Burnley with his tricky ability and skillful nature. Mahrez has seven goals in five appearances against The Clarets

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Maxwel Cornet (Burnley): A Burnley player to watch at The Etihad? Well a certain Ivorian, Maxwel Cornet, has a very good record against City with him scoring four in three for Lyon against The Citizens in the Champions League. A glimmer of hope for Burnley perhaps? 

  • Previous Encounters 

As mentioned beforehand, Burnley have a horrendous record at The Etihad with the aggregate score being 24-1 to Manchester City in the last five meetings. 

The last time the sides met in Manchester, Riyad Mahrez was the star of the show bagging a hat-trick in a convincing 5-0 victory. 

 

Burnley last left East Manchester with a goal difference of less than three in 2017 in a 2-1 defeat which saw Fernandinho sent off. 

  • Prediction 

It may be a case of backs to the wall for Burnley tomorrow against a tough opposition. 

Prediction - Manchester City 4-0 Burnley

  • How to watch 

Unfortunately, the game is not being broadcasted live in the UK, as it is a 3pm kick-off.

Highlights of the game will be available on Match of the Day at 10:30pm BST. 

 

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