Burnley vs Manchester City Preview
- Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
- Time: 3:15 p.m. (EST)
- Network: NBCSN
- Location: Burnley, England
- Venue: Turf Moor
- Seating Capacity: 22,546
Burnley welcome Premier League champions Manchester City at Turf Moor this Tuesday.
Burnley comes to this match having lost four out of their last six. Additionally, Sean Dyche’s side has lost the last two of their last three home games.
Manchester City have woes of their own as they have dropped several points in their last three games. However, Pep Guardiola’s men have won only four times away from home this season.
Dyche have doubts over Johann Gudmundsson and Matej Vydra. Additionally, Charlie Taylor is set to miss out after coming off against Palace with an injury.
“We haven’t come out on the right side very often and have had the one of course, a few years ago.
Additionally, he said “we know we have managed to make Turf Moor a very awkward place for teams to come and our record has generally been good.
“We want to win and want to find a way of winning. It’s difficult of course. They are still a top side. They have been unfortunate with injuries.”
Guardiola has a number of injuries to contend at Turf Moor. Sergio Aguero is a confirmed absentee. Ilkay Gundogan will miss the match with a suspension which gives David Silva an edge to start. Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane have long-term injuries and will remain out for this matchup.
“They are an incredible team with the second ball and not just one player but two players go to defend the strategy in attack – it’s impossible.
“We have to do it as we always have done with this team and the specific quality that we have and try to do it.”
Possible Starting Lineups
Burnley XI: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Hendrick, Cork, Drinkwater, McNeil; Wood, Barnes.
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Rodri; De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
Prediction of Burnley vs Manchester City
Since 2015, Burnley have only won one of their 10 Premier League meetings at Turf Moor. However, City are winless in their last two Premier League away games, loosing to Liverpool and drawing against Newcastle.
Perhaps Guardiola’s biggest worry comes in defense, despite injury woes on offense. Gabriel Jesus and Bernando Silva have done well when playing. However, Kevin De Bruyne has been spectacular and beyond expectations.
City will likely continue their away woes when they visit Turf Moor and will likely lose points against the Clarets.
Prediction: Burnley 2 – 2 Manchester City
Written by Edgar Gomez
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