Riyad Maherez scores against Burnley. Cedit: Getty.
The Premier League returns this weekend with a full set of fixtures across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In fact, Pep Guardiola has never lost against the Clarets, winning 12 of his 13 meetings so far against City’s North-West neighbours. Guardiola also has a better record against Sean Dyche than any other manager he’s faced more than eight times in his career.
City have also conceded just once against Burnley in their last eight encounters, while the Premier League champions have netted 30 across those games.
Saturday’s opponents also have endured a tough start to the 2021/22 campaign and are yet to win in the league this term. They’ve picked up just three points from the opening seven games and are currently 18th in the table.
As for City, they sit third, two points off early-season pace setters Chelsea. However, Guardiola will be hoping to take maximum points from a relatively kind run of fixtures against Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in the next three league outings.
What’s the latest team news?
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan are still doubts for City, although the former did post an Instagram update over the international break saying he was ‘on his way’ back to fitness.
John Stones, who is yet to feature for City this season, played for England on Tuesday and should be available against the Clarets.
Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne are both fully fit after injury-plagued openings to the season and could start against Burnley. Jack Grealish has started every league game this campaign, but a recent dip in form could see him rotated over the coming weeks.
There is uncertainty still surrounding the availability of Ederson and Gabriel Jesus. The duo are both expected to be involved in Brazil’s fixture with Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning, just over 36 hours before Saturday’s clash at the Etihad, which will limit their travelling time.
What about the opposition?
Ben Mee and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both doubts for the game through injury, although Dale Stephens is the only confirmed absentee with an ankle issue.
Dyche likes to set his teams up in a 4-4-2 shape and is likely to do the same at the Etihad.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Steffen; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Torres, Foden.
Burnley (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeill; Barnes, Wood.
Is the match on TV?
As with all 3pm kick-offs in England, the game will not be shown live on TV.
How can I watch highlights?
The Sky Sports website and app will show highlights from 5:15pm on Saturday, while extended highlights can be viewed on Match of the Day, which is broadcast on BBC One at 10:30pm.