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Burnley v Manchester City: Turf War!

Sean Dyche Comes Across As A Tough No Nonsense Type Of Character Who You Would Want Next To You In The Trenches. But One Who You Would Never Want To Upset! Team News. Manager Comments. Stats, And Prediction.

By: Marc Gingell

City’s Perfect Burnley Ten!

Manchester City have a Burnley perfect ten! They beat them 5-0 at the Etihad back in October with Sergio Agüero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, and Leroy Sané sharing the goals. 

And in January this year City were at it again when they knocked another Etihad five past Burnley in the FA Cup. Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and Sergio Agüero completed City’s scoring that day after Burnley’s Kevin Long had scored an own goal for number four.

Match Details

28-04-2019 Turf Moor Burnley Manchester City
KO:14:00 REF: P Tierney

Dyche Wants To Be The Man!

Now Dyche is a realist. He’s well aware, that under normal circumstances, his side can’t compete with Manchester City. City are on a different level. Everybody knows that. But Dyche also knows this is a one-off game with a lot at stake. He would love to be the man, who put a spoke in City’s relentless charge for the title, and get some payback for the aggregate score that stands at Manchester City 10 Burnley 0 this season.

Most Exhilarating Premier Title Race Ever!

With Manchester City and Liverpool, continually trading places at the top of the table, this could be the most exciting Premier League title race in history. But it can’t run until the last game of the season, as the race between Manchester United and Manchester City, did in 2011/12. Can it? Well, it could. But if you’re a Liverpool fan, expecting Brighton to take something off Manchester City, you might not be that confident!

Strange Things Can Happen On The Last Day!

In 2011/12 Manchester United thought they had the title in the bag and so did most many others. They were beating Sunderland and City were losing 2-1 to Queens Park Rangers as the clock ticked past 90 minutes. Edin Džeko pulled one back in the 90+ 2nd minute. It had to be too late. Some people thought it was all over! At Sunderland some people were on the pitch.

But this game had more added time. Thanks in part to Joey Barton, playing for QPR, seeing red after 54 minutes.

Then up stepped Sergio Agüero, in the 90+ 4th minute, to score the winner. City were champions. They won with 89 points, the same amount of points as United, but they had an eight-goal better margin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4foxH9t64Eg

 

Margins! 

Right now City have a three-goal better margin that Liverpool, have this game in hand, and are two points behind.

Burnley Team News

  • Retired From Professional Football on 22/3: Jonathan Walters.
  • Unknown Return Date: Steven Defour Calf injury.
  • 25% Chance of Playing: Aaron Lennon Knee injury. Peter Crouch Abdominal injury.

Manchester City Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Claudio Bravo Achilles injury.Kevin De Bruyne Muscle injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Ilkay Gündogan Knock. Fernandinho Knee injury.

Opta Stats

  • Burnley are winless in their last seven meetings with Man City in all competitions (D1 L6) since a 1-0 win in March 2015.
  • Man City have beaten Burnley 5-0 twice this season in all competitions.
  • Excluding teams to have won the Premier League title themselves, Burnley have the best win ratio against reigning Premier League champions than any other side in the competition’s history (44% – P9 W4 D1 L4).
  • 17 of Man City’s last 22 goals in all competitions against Burnley have come in the second half of matches, including eight of their 10 this season.
  • Burnley are looking to win three consecutive home league games for the first time since a run of five ending in January 2017.
  • Burnley have won just one of their last 15 home Premier League games against ‘big six’ opponents (W1 D2 L12).
  • Burnley have scored at least once in their last 12 home Premier League games, their longest such run since their first 15 games at Turf Moor in the competition.
  • Man City striker Sergio Aguero has scored eight goals in his last seven meetings with Burnley in all competitions.
  • Burnley’s Chris Wood has had a hand in five goals in his last three Premier League games (3 goals, 2 Wood is 5.50 to add to his goal tally.
  • Ashley Barnes has scored 11 Premier League goals for Burnley this season – no player has ever netted more in a single campaign in the competition for the Clarets.

Prediction

Dyche has a ‘Party Pooper’ side to him and he will be looking for that today as he welcomes Manchester City to his Turf Moor War Zone!. In recent weeks Burnley have held Chelsea and Manchester United on the road and beaten Tottenham at home. But In amongst that, they’ve also had some horrible results.

Pattaya One. Burnley’s find of the season Dwight McNeil.

In Dwight McNeil Burnley have one of the finds of the season and he just might be able to create something for Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. He’s also very tricky and could temp Kyle Walker into a rash challenge in and around the box. Maybe even in it!

Burnley 2 Manchester City 1

 

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