Remember that loss against Liverpool? Well, of course you do, it was on Saturday! The Premier League schedule is so crazy that Manchester City have another game to play just two days after losing at Anfield.
We can debate and criticize the "English tradition" as much as we want, but since it's a tradition it'll never change, so we have to accept and move on. City have to move on from the Liverpool defeat and a good chance to do that is welcoming Burnley to the Etihad.
Sean Dyche's team is shockingly well placed in the table, just one point behind the Top 10, which is insane considering Burnley were easily relegated last time around. The Clarets play a really ugly style, but it's working for them. The problem for Burnley is that style only works at home, because on the road... well, they're actually the worst team in England.
With only one point and two goals scored on their travels, they look a completely different side than they do at home. This presents Pep Guardiola and his men a big opportunity to get a very good victory and shake off the bad game at Anfield. Maybe Tottenham will beat Chelsea and City will be right back in the title race, but that can't happen if the Sky Blues don't beat the worst road team in the Premier League.
Just get the job done, City.
MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV/ONLINE
Date/Time: Monday, January 2nd, 2017, 3pm BST (UK), 10am ET, 7am PT (US), 8:30pm IST (India)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Referee: Lee Mason
TV listings: CNBC (US), Sportsnet One (Canada), Star Sports Selected HD2 (India), elsewhere
Online streaming: NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US), SiriusXM FC (US - Radio), Sportsnet World Now (Canada), BBC Radio Manchester (UK - Radio), elsewhere
Man City: Not much has changed from the Liverpool game. Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sané still miss out through injury, and no one was injured or suspended at Anfield, which would suggest a similar starting lineup to face Burnley. But Guardiola is a fan of rotations and is really focused on his players' fitness levels, so if he has to change the entire lineup, he will. We might still see Bravo, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho and Agüero, but that's about it.
Young Aleix García or Fabian Delph, who's finally healthy, could make a start in midfield, and Nolito will most definitely start after being left out of the bench against Liverpool just to be fit for 90 minutes against Burnley.
Burnley: Andre Gray scored a very good hat-trick against Sunderland at the weekend, and he'll probably start alongside Sam Vokes up front. The two will be the target of Burnley's famous long balls from defense to attack, and if Vokes can knock a few balls down into Gray's path, he might shock the Etihad.
Burnley are really, really, really, REALLY bad away from home, so not even with our inconsistency they can be a good team at the Etihad. It won't be pretty or exciting, but City win it 2-0.