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Match Preview: Burnley v Manchester City

28 April 2019

The Clarets will get a chance to have their say on this year’s title race when they welcome Manchester City to Turf Moor on Sunday.
 
The reigning champions make the short journey knowing that wins in their last three games of the season will be enough to clinch the Premier League trophy once again.
 
But Burnley have a good record against sides near the top of the table and enter the match in high spirits after Monday night’s hard-fought draw at Chelsea, which saw them reach the 40-point mark. 
 
And Sean Dyche insists his side are up for the challenge.
 
He said: “We’ve not just fought our way out of trouble; we’ve scored more goals than most other teams in doing so. 
 
“The main thing for me has been the consistency in our performances. We want to continue and see the season out properly. 
 
“We will definitely be ready to take the game on, that’s for sure.” 
 
Team News
 
Clarets defender Phil Bardsley could return to the squad after recovering from a gashed leg. 
 
Striker Peter Crouch and winger Aaron Lennon are both making good progress, but will not feature in Sunday’s game.
 
City could be without Fernandinho after the Brazilian midfielder was forced off with a knee problem against Manchester United on Wednesday night. 
 
Fellow midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will also miss out with a muscle injury. 
 
Form Guide
 
The Clarets enter the game in good form, having taken 10 points from their last four Premier League games.
 
 
This run has seen them virtually guarantee their top-flight status for another season, building a healthy nine-point lead over the bottom three.
 
Since Christmas, Sean Dyche’s men have picked up 28 points - more than Chelsea and Tottenham.
 
Meanwhile, City have kept their title hopes alive in impressive fashion, winning their last 11 Premier League matches.
 
Pep Guardiola’s men secured a vital 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby on Wednesday night.
 
Their last defeat in the league came at Newcastle in January.
 
Opposition Camp
 
City manager Pep Guardiola: “Always is (hard to play Burnley). They do really well what they do.
 
 
“We have to prepare and we are prepared. It’s the end of the season – the last three games – and everyone feels the pressure.
 
“Today (Friday) we have a day off and then we prepare for Burnley’s tough points.” 
 
Match Stats
 
The Clarets have beaten the reigning champions in each of their previous four Premier League campaigns.
 
Burnley are looking to win three consecutive home games in the league for the first time in over two years.
 
Ashley Barnes has scored 11 league goals this season – just one short of a club record held by Danny Ings in the Premier League era.
 
 
Pep Guardiola’s men’s 11-game winning streak is the longest in the top-flight this season. 
 
Referee
 
Paul Tierney
 
Kick-off
 
Sunday, 2:05pm

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