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Manchester City

Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 16 October 2021
Kickoff at 15:00 BST
Etihad Stadium,Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

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Everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City's Premier League fixture against Burnley.

Team News

John Stones is set to make his first appearance of the season as one of five changes for Manchester City’s game against Burnley.

The centre-back comes into the starting XI alongside Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Zack Steffen, who gets his first Premier League start of the campaign.

CITY: Steffen, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling.

SUBS: Carson, Slicker, Walker, Dias, Gundogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Palmer.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Collins, Pieters, Cork, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet, McNeil, Wood.

SUBS: Hennessey, Norris, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Roberts, Lennon, Rodriguez, Bardsley, Long.

When and where

Our Etihad Stadium clash gets underway on Saturday 16 October, with kick-off scheduled for 15:00pm (UK).

The match is not being broadcast live in the United Kingdom, but rest assured that you can follow all of the action as it unfolds via our Matchday Centre here on and the official Man City app.

Our Matchday Centre gets underway at around 13:00pm, providing comprehensive pre- and post-match coverage as well as live radio commentary and minute-by-minute updates once the game kicks off.


Keep across and our official app for a match report and the thoughts of Pep Guardiola and a player following the final whistle, as well as highlights later in the evening.

Should you miss the action, or just want to relive it entirely, then a full-match replay will also be available from midnight for CITY+ subscribers.

Those living outside of the UK can find out how to tune in around the world via our global TV listings at the foot of this page.

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Matchday Live

Former City duo Shaun Goater and Trevor Sinclair line up as our special guests for Saturday’s Matchday Live show.

The pair made over 200 appearances for the Club, with Sinclair holding the distinction of scoring City’s first competitive goal at the Etihad Stadium in a UEFA Cup tie back in August 2003.

Our Matchday Live guests will offer their expert insight into Pep’s current crop from 14:00pm, previewing our clash with the Clarets as well as discussing a number of City-related topics.

Goater and Sinclair, alongside presenter Cel Spellman, return for a quick half-time debrief before a detailed full-time assessment of City’s performance including, time permitting, the post-match thoughts of Pep Guardiola and a player.

Audience input always encouraged on Matchday Live, and our special guests will answer a number of viewer questions throughout the show.

To get in touch and have your say, use the hashtag #CityMatchdayLive or send a Whatsapp message to +447537186538.

Pep Guardiola preview

“Only I can assure you, Burnley was in this position many times and always survive. Why? Because they never give up. That's why Sean Dyche is an excellent manager.

“He plays in a certain way and is a machine in how he does it. I am a big fan. He sticks to his principles. That's why they stay up a long time and he gets a new contract I think for three or four more years. They never give up.

“They have heart, passion and character that I’m sure Sean and the staff bring to the players. This is most important

“When some teams start to go down, they go definitely down. Burnley don’t, they stay and fight."

Last time out

City twice came from behind to deservedly earn a share of the spoils away to Liverpool in our final match before the international break.

The hosts took the lead just before the hour mark through Sadio Mane, but Guardiola’s men hit back inside ten minutes when Phil Foden found the far corner of Alisson’s net with a clinical low finish.

A moment of individual brilliance from Mohamed Salah put Liverpool back in front as the game entered its final furlongs, before Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected strike drew City level once again.

There was still enough time for a thrilling game to generate one last talking point as stoppage time approached, with Rodrigo producing a sensational challenge to stop Fabinho from tapping home what would have been a winning goal into an empty net.

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Last meeting

A 13th successive win and 19th match without defeat in all competitions was secured courtesy of a 2-0 win at Turf Moor back in February 2021.

Gabriel Jesus broke the deadlock inside three minutes when he headed home from close-range after Bernardo Silva’s initial effort was parried into his path by Nick Pope.


The second followed as the half-time whistle approached when Raheem Sterling, captaining City on the night, stole a yard between two Burnley defenders to tap in Ilkay Gundogan’s low ball across the face of goal.

The victory saw Pep Guardiola’s men restore a three-point cushion at the Premier League summit with a game in hand, as well as secure a Club record-equalling sixth straight clean sheet.

Match officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Peter Kirkup
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

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