Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will hosted Burnley at Etihad Stadium on Monday afternoon only 45 hours after their defeat against Liverpool. They were hoping to bounce back from that 1-0 defeat but they made a terrible start to the game as Burnley made a game of it in first 45 minutes. Fernandino was sent off in 32nd minute of the match leaving City with a mountain to climb.
Manchester City 2-0 Burnley FC Highlights
[ Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
32′ [ Red card ] Fernandinho was shown a straight red card in 32nd minute after his frustration boiled over and he went in for a rash challenge ending his time on the pitch.
58′ 1 – 0 Gael Clichy gave City the lead in 58th minute of the game. He scored with a superb right footed strike in the bottom far corner.
62′ 2 – 0 Sergio Aguero scores from a tightest of angles to put 10 men City 2-0 up midway through the second half.
Match Highlights (English)
Burnley however are no pushovers specially playing at home and they have a full squad to choose from. Guardiola will have to improvise with his starting lineup with Yaya Toure back in the squad and scoring two important goals last weekend. Burnley has won 13 of their 14 points in the lead at home which goes to show they can cause trouble to any team. earlier in the season they defeated hot favourites Liverpool on this ground and City will have to bring their A game if they were to get all three points against a difficult opponent.
Team News & Lineups: As far as the team selection is concerned, Guardiola’s is likely to start with Sergio Aguero upfront with De Bruyne, Sterling and Silva playing in attacking roles while Yaya Toure to start alongside Fernandinho or Gundagon. Burnley on the other hand will keep their starting lineup like last weekend with Vokes playing upfront while Hendrick, Arfield and Gudmondusson playing in attacking roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Match Predictions: Burnley could cause all sorts of problems for this fragile City defense and I can see both teams scoring in this game. City however pose alot more threat going forward and should have enough in their armour to score that one more goal to clinch all three points. I am going with a 3-2 win for City in this one.
Burnley 1-2 Manchester City Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
14′ 1 – 0 Dean Marney scores inside first 15 minutes to leave City stunned at Turf Moore.
37′ 1 – 1 Sergio Aguero however brought City back into the game just before the half time.
60′ 1 – 2 Sergio Aguero scores again after the break to complete the turn around after Fernandinho found him inside the box unmarked.