Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are set to visit Turf Moor as they take on Burnley in the Premier League game on Saturday afternoon, 03 February 2018. City are flying high at the moment and its hard to see any of the chasing pack even getting closer to them anytime soon. Another win on Saturday will put them on 71 points, thats 18 ahead of nearest rivals in Manchester United. Burnley on the other hand are a difficult team to beat at home and will give City a real go in this game. The match kicks off at around 12:30 uk time and we will have live links closer to the kickoff.
Burnley however are no pushovers specially playing away from home where in four matches so far this season they have won 2 and drawn 2. Sean Dychs setup his teams perfectly to frustrate the bigger sides and knick a goal here and there in counter attacks. Manchester City however are a total different beast this season having already scoring 29 premier league goals in first 8 matches I expect them to add a few more on Saturday.
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.
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.