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Manchester City travel to one of the tougher pitches on English soil in Turf Moor when they take on Burnley FC on Saturday. This means if they win, they can go 18 points clear at the top and watch the rest of the game week. While Turf Moor has crushed a lot of teams’ hopes over the last couple of seasons, one cannot rule out the Cityzens to emerge victorious in this game too.
The Clarets’ form has drastically dipped and they are now winless in eight, since the 13th of December and are in 7th place, just one above Leicester City and four points ahead of the Toffees. Manchester City have won 6 out of their last 7 meetings with Burnley at Turf Moor and are in line to continue that fantastic record.
John Stones is fit for this outing and is expected to feature in the playing XI. David Silva sustained an unfortunate injury against West Bromwich Albion and is mostly going to miss out. Leroy Sané, Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph and Gabriel Jesus are all sidelined.
Pep will go into this game just like any other. They will not let the situation get to them and will take each match as it comes, with utmost importance. Here too, he should instruct his players to express themselves and defend while on the ball by adding pressure and eat up all the possession. The likes of De Bruyne and Fernandinho should direct the play whereas the wingers will provide the running boots and cutting edge.
Ederson will start in goal for Manchester City. He has thoroughly been consistent and world-class between the sticks.
He will run up and down the pitch and be that extra man forward.
Stones should return to the heart of defence as he is fit.
After a dream debut, Laporte will aim to repeat it against a physical Burnley side.
Danilo should replace Zinchenko in order to provide the muscle and defensive edge.
Gundogan will look to continue his impressive form and should start in central midfield here.
Fernandinho will play in the middle. He’s such an important figure in this Manchester City setup and is a sure starter.
He really has come into his own in the last couple of games and will perform his skills from the right.
The magical De Bruyne will play as number 10 and continue to thread passes together, gel the play and get into the box to keep an eye on the goal.
Sterling has been in terrific form this season and should start this game as well.
Aguero has been doing well up front and is a world class striker. A sure starter considering City’s injury situation.