Burnley-Manchester City Preview
Sandwiched between postponed matches in the Premier League and Champions League, Manchester City are still slated to take the pitch in the top-flight this weekend.
City look to keep visiting Burnley from pushing their unbeaten league run to eight games on Saturday at the Etihad.
Concerns over the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) forced the postponement of City's match with Arsenal on Wednesday and next week's Champions League second-leg contest versus Real Madrid. Still on the books, however, is this match against Burnley.
Whilst Citizens manager Pep Guardiola said earlier this week that he would rather the Premier League suspend the season if multiple games were to be played behind closed doors, Burnley gaffer Sean Dyche plans to do whatever he's told by the English football bodies or the government.
"We can only go and prepare like we would do for a game, and if it is changed, then we will have to deal with that as it comes," Dyche told the Manchester Evening News. "It's not ideal, but we know health is more important. If this is deemed a worldwide situation, then football gets moved into the distance. We have to be as professional as we can and go with the advice given."
City (18-3-7) are still second in the table, but a loss Saturday and a Liverpool victory over Merseyside rivals Everton on Monday, would leave the Reds as mathematical champions. Manchester City's five-game winning streak over all competitions ended with a 2-0 loss to rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
That only added to the disappoint of this title follow-up league campaign for City.
"A team like ours cannot lose as many games as we have lost so far this season," midfielder Bernardo Silva told Manchester City's official website. "We need to check what's not going right and try not to make so many mistakes."
Man City did quite a bit right during a 4-1 victory at Burnley in the reverse fixture on Dec. 3. Gabriel Jesus recorded a brace and Silva posted two assists as the Citizens pushed their Premier League unbeaten streak over the Clarets to 6-1-0.
Burnley have managed just two points from five Premier League matches at Man City, but enter this contest amid a 4-3-0 stretch within the top-flight. The last two have finished in draws, most recently 1-1 versus Spurs last Saturday.
Chris Wood scored his Premier League career-high 11th goal in that match for Burnley, whose last top-flight defeat came 3-0 at Chelsea on Jan. 11 - the conclusion of a four-game slide.
Jesus, meanwhile, has 10 goals in league competition.
Updated March 12, 2020