14 October 2021, 14:21 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
Manchester City F.C. vs. Burnley F.C. kicks off at 15:00 (GMT+1) on Saturday, October 16 at the City of Manchester Stadium. Referee Martin Atkinson will be in charge while the assistants, Constantine Hatzidakis, and Peter Kirkup will give a helping hand. Andre Marriner will be the VAR for this game.
Preview Manchester City Premier League, Oct 16, 2021
Preview The blue side of Manchester remains unbeaten in five games, WWDWD, following the 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Matchday 7. Kevin De Bruyne (81’) salvaged a point for the Cityzens following what Liverpool thought was the winner by Mohamed Salah (76’). A remarkable goal from the Egyptian which made headlines and remains a contender for goal-of-the-month. City are in third place, having picked up 14 points after 4W, 2D, & 1L, and Pep aims for a quick return to winning ways, considering this is an easier fixture on paper. With an average of 2 goals per game, City shouldn’t have any problems putting Burnley aside. The Cityzens have a haul of 14 goals in seven appearances and have conceded only 3 goals (0.43 g.c.p.g), leaving the club with a G.D. of +11. Pep appears to have settled for the 4—3—3, moving personnel around rather than changing formation. Gabriel Jesus kept his place in the starting line-up on Matchday 7, while Phil Foden and Jack Grealish traded places for that game against Liverpool. With the recent exploits with the English national team, both players are expected to keep their places in the starting line-up while Mahrez could get the nod for a start with the availability of Jesus uncertain due to international duty. Ederson is also in doubt for similar reasons. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko could be available for selection.
Preview Burnley Premier League, Oct 16, 2021
Preview Burnley remains in 18th place on the Premier League table following their goalless draw against Norwich City on Matchday 7. The Clarets had the stats in their favor but couldn’t convert any of their chances despite having four shots on target. Sean Dyche’s side remains without a victory this season and picking up a win against Manchester City will be a tall order for the side that has only 3 points after 0W, 3D, & 4L. Coming behind back-to-back draws, DLLDD, Burnley have only been able to hit the back of the net five times in seven appearances this season. - Leaving the club with an average of 0.71 goals scored per game. The Clarets have also conceded 11 goals (1.57 goals-per-match) and have a G.D. of -6. Sean Dyche will aim for a draw when he lines up the 4—4—2 formation, with Matej Vydra and Chris Wood fostering their attacking partnership upfront once again. With unimpressive numbers, both players will have to dig deep to cause Manchester City any real discomfort at the back. Vydra is yet to find the back of the net this season, while Wood has only one goal to his name. Meanwhile, Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson remains in doubt for this fixture.