Manchester City will look to carry on their winning form when they take on an in-form Burnley side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts have been formidable in previous games and scored seven goals against Stoke City last weekend. In midweek, the Citizens defeated Italian league leaders Napoli 2-1 in the Champions League to get their third win in a row, putting them three points clear of second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were enough to give the home side a crucial three points as they looked to get qualification to the last 16 wrapped up in quick fashion.
Burnley have had a fantastic start to the season, with only one defeat in eight league games and a superb away record which has seen them defeat champions Chelsea 3-2 on the opening day and draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. Chris Wood has been the Clarets’ top scorer in the league so far this season and will be looking to impose himself on City’s back pairing of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones. Sean Dyche has got his Burnley side playing with more organisation in defence, along with good pace on the counter-attack.
The last time these two sides played was at the same venue last season when City managed to grab a narrow 2-1 victory. Two great goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero ensured Pep Guardiola’s men the three points, but Ben Mee grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors. Fernandinho received a straight red card for a silly challenge on Johan Gudmundsson, which was the Brazilian’s third red card of that season.
Here is how we think Pep Guardiola will set out his team for the match.