Burnley(L-L-L-D-L) vs. Manchester City(W-W-W-D-W)
English Premier League: 3 December 2019 at 8:15 PM (UK time)
Venue: Turf Moor
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With 11 points gap between them and the league leader Liverpool already, Manchester City would leave no stones unturned to grab all three points when they travel away to the game against Burnley. In contrast, Burnley's manager Sean Dyche would be fully content with his team even if they manage to salvage a draw against the Citizens.
Burnley suffered fourth league defeat in their last six games after losing to Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. The Clarets sit 10th in the points table after accumulating 18 points from 14 games, just two points behind fifth-place Tottenham. Lack of consistency has been a major issue for Sean Dyche's side.
Burnley defence has been easily exposed by top-flight sides this season as they have conceded seven goals against Liverpool and Chelsea collectively. Though the striking duo of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes have found the back of the net regularly, and the duo shares 12 goals between them. However, Barnes and Wood will be having a tough time at Turf Moor playing against the team who have not conceded 2+ goals in three consecutive away games since April 2011.
Sean Dyche would have to make a few changes in the squad. Charlie Taylor inclusion looks doubtful after the left-back picked up a hamstring injury on Saturday. Erik Pieters is most likely to take his place. Ashley Westwood is back in midfield after a one-match suspension. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is ruled out as the player is yet to recover from injury. And once again, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, both of them having a stellar season, would be anchoring the defensive duty for the Clarets.
Manchester City is winless in their last two games after losing to Liverpool and playing a draw against Norwich City last weekend. This leaves them at 3rd position in the points table, three behind Leicester and more importantly, 11 points behind their main rivals Liverpool.
Scoring goals have never been a problem for the citizens, rather, holding on to their lead after scoring has been one. They have failed to secure a clean sheet in their last seven matches. Aymeric Laporte has been a major missing for the club, and so is the defensive ability of Zinchenko. Pep Guardiola would stick to his usual rotation policy with upcoming Manchester Derby in mind.
Sergio Aguero, who scored 13 goals in 16 games for City this season, is all set to miss this match and he will be out for a few weeks after picking muscle injury in the win against Chelsea. Gabriel Jesus will be replacing him. Leroy Sane, Zinchenko and Laporte is sidelined due to injury. Ilkay Gundogan is suspended for a game after drawing five yellow cards.
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