With the international break finally over, Manchester City can get back to Premier and Champions League action, and I can get back to failing miserably with my predictions. With that in mind, here’s what’s coming up.
Manchester City v Burnley
After the draw at Liverpool, City face Burnley at the Etihad, knowing a win will likely keep them at the top of the Premier League, barring a goal-fest from Chelsea and Liverpool. City are still unbeaten, while Burnley have begun to pick themselves up following their early season drop and now sit in mid table, with two wins from eight.
On paper, it should be a routine win for the blues, but City have struggled against the Clarets on previous occasions. But the blues could welcome back Kevin de Bruyne, who has been out since August, and striker Sergio Aguero was not selected for Argentina friendlies, and will no doubt be eager to get back to his goal scoring ways. Will it be another win for the blues, or will Burnley spring a surprise?
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City
This will be a revenge missions for City and Guardiola. Last season, Shakhtar were the first team to beat City in any competition, winning their final group match 2-1. The blues had already qualified, but the result ruined an incredible winning streak from the blues and prompted the Shakhtar manager to dress as Zorro in the post-match press conference.
The blues will be looking for the win that will consolidate their place in the group and put a little daylight between themselves and the Ukraine side.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
This fixture will hold fond memories for blues fans. It was on this ground last season that the blues recorded a 3-1 win that all but sealed the title, and a win for West Brom at Old Trafford the following day confirmed the bleus as champions.
Spurs lost two matches in succession in September, 2-1 at Watford and 2-1 at home to Liverpool, and scraped past Cardiff, 1-0, in their last home match. Spurs make the short trip to West Ham and have a match in Holland in the Champions League as they face PSV Eindhoven. Before they face the blues.
Will City win again in London?