Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs Manchester City
Venue: Turf Moor – Saturday, March 14 – 17:30 GMT (13:30 ET)
Match Odds: Burnley 6/1 – Draw 15/4 – Manchester City 2/5
Sean Dyche’s men are currently sitting 19th in the table on 22 points, and are going to need to pick up points fast if they are to survive the drop.
Manchester City are chasing Premier League leaders Chelsea. They are five points behind and have played a game more. They will more than likely need to win every game in the run in if they are to stand any chance of retaining their title.
The reverse fixture saw late drama as Ashley Barnes stole a share of the points at the Etihad in a thrilling 2-2 draw back in December.Embed from Getty Images
Burnley have proved this season they have what it takes to upset the big teams and will need to adopt that mentality once again as Manchester City will be expecting to come away with all three points.
There are no easy games in the Premier League and Burnley need to make their home advantage pay off as they will look to frustrate Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Burnley come into the tie on a seven-game winless streak and they face no tougher challenge than this in an attempt to put that run to bed.
Man City have three wins in their last five but have missed their chance to close the gap on Chelsea and will be aware they cannot afford anymore slip-ups.Embed from Getty Images
Burnley are at a difficult point of the season and things will only get harder in the run in if they are to continue their winless run, but just 12 points separate the bottom eight so nothing is settled yet.
Manchester City do not only need points to continue their title chase but also need them to fend off the sides below them in the table, as they are just four points ahead of third placed Arsenal.
With so much at stake here we could be in for a really entertaining tie between the Clarets and the Citizens.
Burnley are set to be without three faces, Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee) and Matt Taylor (calf). Danny Ings is a doubt but should be fit to play and the pressure is on him to score the goals to help Burnley avoid the drop. He will want to continue to impress as he has done so far this season.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City are one of only two Premier League sides to have a fully fit squad at this stage of the season. Pellegrini has talent in abundance to switch his side around. We could see James Milner rewarded with a start, having come off the bench to score against Leicester City late on in their last fixture.
Burnley’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/L/L
Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/W/L/W
Key Stat: Goals – The two sides have scored 17 goals in their last three meetings and with Sergio Aguero in fine form we could see yet another goal-fest at Turf Moor.
Key Player: Sergio Aguero – City have certainly missed the Argentine when he has been absent this season and they have his goals to thank for still being within a chance of still winning the title. He will look to make the difference one again on Saturday.
Burnley 1-3 Manchester City – Pellegrini will not want a repeat of the draw earlier in the season and his players will be looking to kill this game early. Burnley have scored goals against big sides this campaign but they are in for a difficult evening in front of their own fans and City’s quality will shine through.