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PREVIEW: Manchester City v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets go to face the Premier League champions

19 October 2018

Manchester City have picked up where they left off last season – at least where the Etihad Stadium is concerned.

The Premier League champions have been held to draws away at Wolves and Liverpool in their unbeaten start to the season – restricting their lead at the of the table to goal difference.

But four successive home wins, with 13 goals scored, have just given them the edge over Chelsea and Liverpool as the only top-flight side with a 100 per cent home record.

Last season, Pep Guardiola’s side lost just once at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, racking up 61 goals along the way, as they reached a total of 100 points to secure a third league title in six years.

Burnley twice went to City, in the league and the FA Cup.

And while both times they ended up with three-goal defeats, Sean Dyche’s side led in the Cup and trailed only to a Sergio Aguero penalty going into the final quarter of the league encounter.

And while Dyche is under no illusion of the scale of the task facing his side at City on Saturday, the 12th-placed Clarets won’t go there to lie down after gaining some momentum themselves with a burst of two wins and a draw ahead of the international break.

The Burnley boss said: “They are a top side, with top individuals, a top manager and growing and maturing into a top club.

“They are establishing themselves with a more recent history, but a powerful history nonetheless. There’s a lot to be like and marvelled at.

“But, there is equally a lot to remind yourselves of what we’re about and we have to remember that.

“We’re going there to take the game on.

“We’ve had an indifferent start to the season, in some ways, in our form.

“But to come out of that with the points on the table in the last few games has been pleasing, because you need to find a way to get points.”

Team news

Steven Defour could face a reunion with former Belgium international and close friend Kevin De Bruyne.

The fit-again midfielder Defour is set to return to the Clarets’ squad after missing the last game through a family bereavement.

And De Bruyne could be back in the Manchester City squad for the first time since the opening weekend of the season after recovering from a knee injury.

Robbie Brady won’t yet be involved for the Clarets, while Irish international team-mate Stephen Ward is out following minor knee surgery.

England international Fabian Delph is back in contention after missing almost a month, but midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is again ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Form guide

The Clarets go into the game on the back of a three-match unbeaten run and won away from home for the first time this season at Cardiff on their last trip from Turf Moor.

Leaders Manchester City have won four out of four at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.

They have dropped points at Liverpool – last time out thanks to a late missed penalty by Riyad Mahrez – and Wolves and lost at home to Lyon in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s side face a trip to Ukraine on Monday for a Champions League tie at Shakhtar Donetsk the following night.

Opposition camp

Goalkeeper Joe Hart returns for the first time to Manchester City, where he played 348 games before being joining the Clarets this summer following spells on loan at Torino and West Ham.

"I think Joe is undoubtedly important to the club. Tomorrow we will see how appreciated he is by our fans," said City boss Pep Guardiola.

Match stats

This will be the 100th meeting between the two clubs.

The Clarets have beaten the reigning champions in each of their four previous Premier League campaigns – Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea.

The Clarets have drawn three and won one of their eight Premier League games against City.

Burnley have blocked 52 shots in the Premier League this season. No other side has stopped more than 40.

City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in six games against Burnley in all competitions.

Referee

Jonathan Moss is the man in the middle.

Kick-off

Saturday 3pm. Manchester City are unbeaten in 33 games in the Premier League when kicking off at that time. One more would set a record.

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Match Reports

Manchester City 5 Burnley 0

Champions hit five as Clarets get rough justice at the Etihad Stadium

20 October 2018

A 100th meeting between the two clubs couldn’t bring a landmark victory for the Clarets as Manchester City extended their perfect home record to return to the top of the Premier League.

Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane got the goals to bring an end to Burnley’s three-match unbeaten run.

But there was controversy about the effort scored by Silva nine minutes into the second half which took the game away from the Clarets and sent the champions on their way to a fifth successive home league win.

Sean Dyche’s men had enjoyed their best spell just before the break and trailed only 1-0 thanks in no small part to the excellence of goalkeeper Joe Hart on his return to the Etihad Stadium.

But their resistance was all but ended when referee Jon Moss – having contributed to confusion over a penalty appeal – allowed Silva’s goal to stand after the ball had gone out of play before the decisive cross.

City duly cashed in as Fernandino quickly added a third, Mahrez curled in the fourth and Sane added a late fifth as Pep Guardiola's side cruised home to take their tally of goals to 18 in five home league games.

But the Clarets will feel events transpired against them on a tough afternoon which also saw City rack up a fifth successive clean sheet to underline their position at the head of English football.

On the plus side, the Clarets were able to include Steven Defour for his first taste of Premier League action since January.

And there was also a warm welcome back for Hart on his return to the club where he made 348 appearances before joining Burnley in the summer.

And the England international was quickly in the action – although not before Sam Vokes had headed a Johann Berg Gudmundsson free-kick over the top at the other end after Vincent Kompany had caught Aaron Lennon high and late to receive a yellow card inside the first 60 seconds.

Hart then made a fine stop to keep out a close-range effort from Aguero, who had already headed wide from a Mahrez cross.

But Aguero can never be kept quiet for long and with 17 minutes gone City’s record goalscorer opened the scoring, sweeping the ball in at the back post from David Silva’s low cross to make it seven goals in seven games against the Clarets.

David Silva then lifted an effort over the top after Charlie Taylor had blocked another shot from Aguero before the Clarets felt their way into the game with their best passage of play.

Burnley enjoyed their share of possession and forced City into mistakes when they over-played at the back.

A fine link-up between Jack Cork and the returning Jeff Hendrick almost produced an equaliser as Hendrick cleverly made space for a shot which was blocked by John Stone.

Gudmundsson curled another effort just wide but City’s goal threat was never too far away and in first-half stoppage time it took a brilliant save from Hart to keep his side in the contest.

This time Bernardo Silva provided the cross for namesake David to meet with a header which brought a flying stop from Hart, who was glad to see Aguero make a rare mess of a chance to pounce on the rebound.

Trailing by only one goal the Clarets were still in the game but a disastrous three-minute spell early in the second half that brought two City goals ended any hopes of snatching an unlikely point.

Burnley didn’t help themselves, but equally were done few favours by the referee, whose indecision spread into the Claret ranks.

After Sane went seemingly untouched to the ground in the penalty area, Moss lifted the whistle to his lips. As Burnley’s players stopped, the official then waved play-on and allowed an off-side David Silva to cross, after the ball had gone marginally out of play, for Bernardo Silva to fire home.

And with Burnley struggling to re-group, they quickly found themselves 3-0 down as Fernandinho rifled the ball into the roof of the net after a corner was cleared to the edge of the penalty area.

City then sent on a fit-again Kevin De Bruyne for his first game since the opening weekend of the season and after Aguero had been denied by the legs of Hart, the Argentinian was replaced by Gabriel Jesus as the champions displayed their embarrassment of riches.

The Clarets made their own double change with just over 20 minutes to go as Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.

But the contest was effectively over and with 82 minutes gone Mahrez curled home his first City goal at the Etihad Stadium.

There was still time for a fifth goal in the final minute, but again it left something of a bitter taste for the Clarets, who were to suffer their joint biggest margin of defeat in the Premier League.

Sane was fortunate to still be on the pitch after kicking out at Matthew Lowton but having received only a yellow card was able to meet a Benjamin Mendy cross with another clinical finish to equal City's biggest win of the season.

Manchester City: Ederson, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Mahrez, Fernandinho, David Silva (Foden 74), Mendy, Bernardo Silva (De Bruyne 58), Sane, Aguero (Jesus 66). Substitutes: Muric, Sterling, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden.

Booked: Kompany, Sane

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Defour (Barnes 74), Cork, Lennon (Westwood 69), Hendrick, Vokes (Wood 69). Substitutes: Heaton, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Cork, Hendrick

Referee: Jonathan Moss

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