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Manchester City v Burnley – An Early Look At The Opposition

A Glimpse At Saturday’s Visitors

Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Visionhaus

Unless the Coronavirus rears it’s ugly head, Manchester City will welcome their north west neighbours Burnley to the Etihad on Saturday. The blues put four past the Clarets when the two teams met in early December and City will be looking to inflict a second defeat on the Lancashire side.

Burnley however are in the middle of a seven match unbeaten league run, which stretches back to January, when they lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Since then, they have won four and drawn three, including creditable draws with Arsenal and Spurs, while beating Leicester at Turf Moor and United at Old Trafford.

Burnley have scored ten goals during their current unbeaten run, while conceding just three. Burnley have kept four clean sheets during this run, while failing to score just twice.

After avoiding relegation by just six points last season, Burnley have regained some of the form that took them to European competition the season before. But despite winning just 11 matches and losing 12 in total, results elsewhere this season, the Clarets are only four points behind Wolves in 6th place and United in 5th and stand a chance of making European qualification again.

However, Burnley’s away form has been their downfall this season, winning just four on their travels, and losing six. The Clarets have scored 14 goals on the road, but have also conceded 21 and taking just 16 points from a possible 41.

The main threat from Burnley will come from Chris Wood, who has scored 11 goals so far this season, while Jay Rodriguez has notched eight and Ashley Barnes on 6. Dwight McNeil and Ashley Westwood have provided 5 assists each.

How will the blues fare this weekend?