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Everything you need to know ahead of City's return to Premier League action at home to Burnley...

When and where 

City return to Premier League action after the international break by welcoming Burnley to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 20 October, kick-off at 3pm. 

The match is not being shown on live TV in this country. However, fans based outside the UK can find out where they can watch the match with our global TV listings

Alternatively, you can follow our live Matchday Centre or our Twitter @ManCity for updates throughout the game.

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Team news


Kevin De Bruyne is fit and available. The Belgium midfielder hasn’t played since the opening game of the season at Arsenal after suffering a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee during training.

Fabian Delph is also available again and may feature but Pep Guardiola confirmed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan remains out with a  hamstring problem he picked up in the win at Hoffenheim. 

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee, having sustained an Achilles tendon injury. The Chilean 'keeper underwent scans, which confirmed a rupture in the tendon of his left foot.


Steven Defour is set to return to the Clarets’ squad after missing the last game through a family bereavement.

Robbie Brady (hamstring) is unavailable for selection, while Stephen Ward is out following minor knee surgery.

Ben Gibson (hernia) is also a doubt and goalkeeper Nick Pope (shoulder) is a long-term casualty.



Goal of the day: Wright-Phillips v Burnley 2009

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Last time

City’s entertained the Clarets twice at the Etihad last season. Pep Guardiola’s men recorded a 3-0 victory over Burnley in a Premier League encounter last October and then powered to a 4-1 win in an FA Cup third round clash in January of this year.

Pep Guardiola preview

“Playing Burnley has always been a tough game, since I came here.

“They are so strong, especially at set-pieces, so we have to avoid making unnecessary fouls.”

Sean Dyche preview

“They are a top side, with top individuals, a top manager and are growing and maturing into a top club.

“They are establishing themselves with a more recent history, but a powerful history nonetheless. There’s a lot to be like and marvelled at. But, there is equally a lot to remind yourselves of what we’re about and we have to remember that.

“We’re going there to take the game on."


Jonathan Moss


This will be the 100th meeting between the two clubs.

• City will be seeking to maintain a fine run of league form at the Etihad with Guardiola’s side having won our first four league fixtures on home soil.

After a tough start to the season, Burnley have produced some impressive results of late, securing back-to-back league wins against Bournemouth and Cardiff and then drawing with Huddersfield last time out. However, they exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of Burton last month.

Sergio Aguero has scored three Premier League hat-tricks in 2018, including one against Huddersfield Town earlier this season. Only two players have netted four or more hat-tricks in a calendar year in the competition, with Harry Kane doing so six times in 2017 and Alan Shearer registering five trebles in 1995.

GOTD: Today's Goal of the Day is Aguero's near-pots effort against the Clarets in 2017



Goal of the Day: Aguero v Burnley 2017

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• City’s record goalscorer Aguero has scored six goals in six games against Burnley in all competitions.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart is sure of a rapturous reception as the former City keeper prepares to return to the Etihad for the first time following his summer move to Turf Moor.

• The Clarets have beaten the reigning champions in each of their four previous Premier League campaigns – Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea – and have drawn three and won one of their eight Premier League games against City.

• Burnley have blocked 52 shots in the Premier League this season. No other side has stopped more than 40.

• City are unbeaten in 33 Premier League 3pm kick-offs on a Saturday. One more would set a record.

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