Match: Manchester City vs Burnley
Stadium: Etihad Stadium.
DATE : Monday, 22 June 2020
Kick OFF: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Round: 31th Week
Manchester City can delay Liverpool’s Premier League title festivities for at least a few days longer with victory over Burnley on Monday night.
The Reds’ 0-0 draw at Everton means they are now 23 points clear but victory for City on Monday would mean that Jurgen Klopp’s men will not be able to win the title until Thursday at the earliest.
Burnley, though, can prove to be a difficult team to break down, as Pep Guardiola found out last season during a 1-0 win at Turf Moor, although that result proved to be more of an exception than the rule when these sides have met in recent years.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 1-4 win for the Citizens.
- 14 of the former 15 wins had gone to the two-time reigning champions.
- Four of the preceding six fixtures had four or more goals.
- The hosts are on a five-match winning run at this stadium.
- At home, the Citizens have scored a total of 36 goals from the past ten encounters.
Manchester City vs Burnley Team News
Man City will be without defender Eric Garcia, who required lengthy treatment following a sickening collision with Ederson during the match against Arsenal. The youngster is now out of hospital and recovering well, but Premier League protocols on concussion mean that he will not be allowed to feature against Burnley. John Stones is also a doubt with a lingering ankle injury, which means that either Nicolas Otamendi or Fernandinho is likely to fill in alongside Aymeric Laporte at the back. Guardiola is expected to make the most of the strength in depth available to him over the coming weeks, which means that there could be a number of changes from the starting XI against Arsenal. Rodri and Bernardo Silva are among the players who could come in, while Phil Foden will hope that his goalscoring cameo off the bench on Wednesday is enough to earn him a starting role. Sergio Aguero should lead the line after only featuring for 10 minutes against Arsenal, with the Argentine boasting an incredible record against Burnley.
Aguero has scored nine goals in nine appearances against Burnley across all competitions, and has also scored in all five home games against the Clarets, netting on average every 47 minutes at the Etihad. Burnley, meanwhile, will be without Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Ben Gibson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson for their first game back. Matthew Lowton should be available, though, having returned to training and featured in practice matches following a knee injury.
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Vydra, Rodriguez