Manchester City vs Burnley: Team news, match facts and prediction

KEY POINTS

  • Manchester City can lose consecutive Premier League fixtures for only the third time under Pep Guardiola, after December 2016 and December 2018.

  • Burnley recorded their first Premier League victory of the season on Monday but they have only earned two points from four away matches.

  • Guardiola has earned 10 competitive victories against Burnley, more than against any other club as Manchester City's manager.

  • Sean Dyche's side can equal the club top-flight record of three successive away clean sheets, achieved most recently in 1955.

Manchester City will be hoping to carry their European form into domestic duties when they host Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League in midweek but find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table as they welcome a Burnley team that picked up their first win of the season last time out.

City have won their last six home games against Burnley by an aggregate score of 24-2, including three successive 5-0 triumphs – they could become only the second team in the history of English football, and the first since 1907, to win four successive home games against a specific opponent by five or more goals.

Add to that the fact that Man City have won their last six meetings with Burnley home or away by an aggregate score of 23-1, and have scored more Premier League goals against Burnley than any other club has managed, and history points at only one result this weekend.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a fully-fit squad, with Nathan Ake available after a two-match absence.

Sergio Aguero is seeking to make his first start for five weeks.

Midfielders Dale Stephens and Robbie Brady are unlikely to be ready to return following hamstring injuries.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester City are on a six-match winning streak at home to Burnley in all competitions, with the past three encounters each ending 5-0. Notts County are the only side to have won four successive home games by at least a five-goal margin against the same opponent, doing so against Port Vale between October 1893 and February 1907.
  • Burnley’s solitary victory in the past 25 meetings was by 1-0 in the Premier League at Turf Moor in March 2015 (D6, L18).
  • They have gone 14 competitive away fixtures without a win versus Manchester City since Clarets defender Colin Waldron scored the only goal at Maine Road in the Charity Shield in August 1973.
  • The Clarets have conceded 34 Premier League goals in this fixture, more than against any other side.

Manchester City

  • City’s 12-point tally is their lowest after eight games since 2008-09, while they’ve scored fewer than 11 goals at this stage of a season for the first time in 14 years.
  • Manchester City can lose consecutive Premier League fixtures for only the third time under Pep Guardiola, after December 2016 and December 2018.
  • They can remain winless in three successive league matches for the first time since a run of four from March to April 2017.
  • They have failed to score more than once in any of their past six league fixtures. It’s City’s longest such run since a 14-match streak between March and September 2006.
  • Guardiola has earned 10 competitive victories against Burnley, more than against any other club as Manchester City’s manager.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored nine times in his last nine appearances against Burnley in all competitions, but the Argentine’s current eight-match goal drought in the league is the second-longest of his career in Europe.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored in each of his past six competitive appearances at Etihad Stadium.

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Burnley

  • Burnley recorded their first Premier League victory of the season on Monday but they have only earned two points from four away matches.
  • The Clarets could lose six of their opening nine league fixtures for the first time since 1981-82, when they were in the third tier.
  • Their Premier League matches this season have only produced 16 goals, fewer than any other side.
  • Sean Dyche’s side can equal the club top-flight record of three successive away clean sheets, achieved most recently in 1955.
  • The Clarets and Sheffield United are the division’s joint-lowest scorers, with four goals apiece.

PREDICTION: 3-0

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