Burnley a typically a rugged outfit under Sean Dyche and not prone to going down to heavy defeats, but they have struggled to contain Pep Guardiola’s Man City on a consistent basis.
Across all competitions, they’ve lost 10 of 11 tussles with the Citizens since 2017/18, with their only point picked up back in February 2018.
Eight of those defeats saw them defeated by a minimum three-goal margin, including four of five encounters over the past two campaigns, while they’ve shipped four or more goals on as many as six occasions.
At the Etihad alone, Burnley lost all six games over this entire period. After losing 3-0 in the league and 4-1 in the FA Cup in the 2017/18 season, they’ve suffered 5-0 hammerings in all four subsequent clashes in Manchester.
The Clarets find themselves in the relegation zone at present, with their only victory this season coming over fourth-tier Rochdale in the League Cup.
In the Premier League alone, they’ve lost seven of their past 10 winless matches going back into last season, so it’s hard to see them pulling up any trees here.
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Man City may only have tasted victory once in their past three outings, though that came in a commanding performance against Chelsea, before a defeat to PSG in Europe and a stalemate with Liverpool, as each of those fixtures came away from home.
Burnley won’t of course pose as many problems as those elite teams, and this should prove a more routine task for the hosts.
At the Etihad alone, City have won four of five unbeaten matches this season, putting five goals past both Norwich and Arsenal, as well as plundering six goals against Leipzig and Wycombe Wanderers in cup action.
Although the hosts failed to land Harry Kane this summer, they didn’t suffer domestically without a recognized striker last term.
Gabriel Jesus has largely been utilized from the right wing in the current campaign, but he and fellow Brazilian Ederson look set to miss this game as they arrive back late from international duty.
That should mean another opportunity for Ferran Torres in the central role and the 21-year-old will be full of confidence after adding his 11th and 12th international goals for Spain against Italy in the Nations League last week.
Guardiola is hardly without further attacking options, with Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all vying for places up front, while Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne add yet more creativity from deeper positions.
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