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Two changes for City against Burnley

GIVE US A HUG: Pep Guardiola wraps his arms around Kevin De Bruyne

GIVE US A HUG: Pep Guardiola wraps his arms around Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne will start on the bench against Burnley.

City make two changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Liverpool, with Kyle Walker and Ilkay Gundogan unavailable.

Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane start.

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Starting XI:

Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Kompany (c), Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Muric, Sterling, De Bruyne, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden, Zinchenko


LEROY: Back for the Blues



With no recognised right-back available following Danilo’s injury while on international duty with Brazil, we may have to wait until kick-off to see how the Blues adapt.

Fernandinho and John Stones are the obvious options, should the City play with four across the back, and given Gundogan’s absence, Fernandinho is more likely to retain his anchor role in midfield.

Or will Pep go with three central defenders and Benjamin Mendy plus a right-sided forward as attacking wing-backs?

So, either a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 seem likely.

We’ll know soon enough but no obvious candidates for the right-back berth – at least on paper.


HIGH FIVES: Ederson and Fernandinho


Burnley starting XI:

Raheem landmark – if he plays

Only Wayne Rooney, James Milner, Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Barry reached 200 Premier League games before their 24th birthday – Raheem Sterling will become the fifth if he comes on today.

The 23-year-old forward comes into the game on the back of a superb display for England for whom he scored his first goals for 27 matches in the 3-2 midweek win over Spain.


FORM: Raheem will hope to see some action this afternoon


The 3’o’clock boys

City haven’t lost any of the last 33 Saturday Premier League three o’clock kick-offs – a lot of threes!

The Blues have won 29 and drawn four of those games, suggesting the champions have a liking for the traditional English football time slot.

Avoiding defeat today will post a new record in this somewhat obscure stat!

Joe honoured...




Joe Hart attends CFA for tribute pitch unveiling

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Facts and stats

City haven’t lost a home league game to Burnley for 55 years, with the last loss a 5-2 thrashing at Maine Road in March 1963.

The Clarets have beaten the Blues just once in all competitions – home and away – in 19 games, spanning 43 years.

City have won four, drawn three and lost just one of eight Premier League matches against Burnley.

The Blues are looking to preserve the only 100% top flight home record this campaign.

City have never failed to score in league games consecutively under Pep Guardiola.

Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in six games against the Clarets.

Burnley haven’t been awarded a Premier League penalty for more than 18 months.

It’s 37 games since a last English manager won at the Etihad – Harry Redknapp’s Spurs achieved the feat in 2010 but since then, City have won 34 and drawn three games against manager from England.

Sergio Aguero needs two goals to reach the 150-goal Premier League landmark.

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