PREVIEW: Burnley vs Manchester City

This weekend sees Manchester City travel to Burnley for Saturday’s early Premier League kick off.

The Blues got their domestic campaign back on track last week when a brace from Yaya Touré on his first start in three months earned them a 2-1 victory away at Crystal Palace. They then followed it up with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday night, which sealed their qualification for the Champions League last 16.

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Meanwhile, Burnley were hammered 4-0 away at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night – a result which leaves them 12th in the Premier League table.

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The Clarets took four points off City last time they were in the Premier League in 2014/15. City were 2-0 up at half time at the Etihad Stadium in December 2014 but second half goals from George Boyd and Ashley Barnes earned the visitors a point.

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Then, in March 2015, George Boyd struck again to give his side a 1-0 victory over a lacklustre City at Turf Moor.

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There haven’t been too many trips to Turf Moor for City in recent years but, as this infographic courtesy of Premier League stats aficionados KickOff illustrates, the Blues have a very good record on that ground.

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Sean Dyche’s newly promoted side have a very respectable home record and will be hoping to do to City what they did to Liverpool back in August, but Pep Guardiola’s men have now won all but one of their six away fixtures this season.

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Home or away, there isn’t a great deal separating the two sides in terms of their respective form over the last 10 matches.

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Predicted City line-up:

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Player to watch: Yaya Touré

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After Pep Guardiola surprised everyone by reinstating the Ivorian to the side after three months out in the cold last weekend, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see his name on the teamsheet again this week. He’s clearly still lacking in match fitness after such a long time out but he’ll be fresher than most of his teammates, having missed the Champions League game in mid-week, and you wouldn’t bet against him adding to the two goals he scored last weekend this time out. It’s great to have him back, and let’s hope the 33-year-old can demonstrate his value to the team once again this Saturday.

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester City

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