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Gossip: Clarets winger plots City strategy

TOP PICKS: Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero

TOP PICKS: Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero

The return of the Premier League is almost upon us, with plenty of build up to the City v Burnley game in the papers and pixels.

One Clarets player gives his view on where City can be vulnerable, we hear from a City striker out on loan, plus which Blues ace should make it into your Fantasy team this weekend? Read on...

First to Burnley winger Aaron Lennon, who told the Burnley Express“I think they’re similar to last year, they’re getting in to their rhythm again.

“For me, City, Liverpool and Chelsea are the top three sides in the Premier League now and going away to them is going to be a tough, tough task.

“We’re in good form, we know what we have to do, we’ll go there with a plan and it’s not going to be easy for them.

“We’ve got a great shape here, we’re organised, and you’ve got to look to hit them on the break. I’ve seen a few teams do it this year to them.

“You’ve got to be compact and when you get your chance you’ve got to take it because you won’t get that many.”

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City fans will be hoping that we get plenty of chances, and when it comes to the ever popular Fantasy Premier League, in-form Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero will be many people's picks.

The FPL's Scout scribes: "Aguero's team-mate Raheem Sterling (£11.1m) should also merit strong consideration.

"The winger underlined his form with two goals for England against Spain in midweek.

"Sterling has averaged 10.7 FPL points in home matches this season.

"Indeed, he has outscored Aguero in all three home fixtures they have started together.

"Owned by 50.7 per cent, the Argentinian will be the popular pick.

"But Sterling's 6.3 per cent ownership makes him an outstanding differential for the Burnley encounter."

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Keeping to the Lancashire theme and hopping across to Preston, Lukas Nmecha has penned a column for the Lancashire Evening Post on his progress at Deepdale.

The forward, who has earned rave reviews for his last two displays, wrote: "The lads here have all helped me settle. Paul Gallagher and Tom Clarke have been the ones who have offered more of the advice and that is important for a young player.

"I feel like I’m learning every day, learning about the football we play and about the division we are in. After the last couple of performances, the next thing I need to add to my game are goals.

"I’m confident that those will come if I continue to work hard – my focus is to help the team do well and get up the table."

And finally, the MEN have picked up on team news affecting City... but not for this weekend's game.

Casting an eye forward to City's clash at Spurs on October 29, Richard Fay reports: "Tottenham could be without three key players when they host Manchester City in the Premier League.

"Pep Guardiola's side travel to face Spurs at Wembley stadium in the rearranged league fixture on Monday 29 October.

"City will be looking to continue their fine recent run at the national stadium, having already won under the famous arch twice this year.

"With the match less than two weeks away it looks like City have been handed a potential boost ahead of the clash after Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Dele Alli and Danny Rose would both face late fitness tests ahead of the match.

"Jan Vertonghen has already been ruled out of the clash, however Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele are both set to return.

"'It was a good time for us because we are going to recover a few players like Christian (Eriksen) and Mousa Dembele,’ Pochettino said ahead of the weekend match vs West Ham.

"'Still maybe 10 days more for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week more.

"'Jan Vertonghen is a little bit longer. But the most important thing is that we start to recover players. It will be a tough month of competition for us.’"

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