Burnley make the short trip to East Manchester on Saturday, and the blues will be eager to get back down to business after the international break. City’s week from hell, when they faced away games at Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool, ending with a solitary defeat to the former French champions, and the blues will be looking forward to getting back to Premier League action.
For Burnley, this will be the visit their fans gave been dreading. The blues have beaten the Clarets 5-0 for the last three seasons, and, on their current form, Burnley fans should be fearful again.
Burnley are yet to record a league win so far this season. From seven matches, the have drawn three and lost four, conceded eleven goals, scored just six and sit third from bottom on four points. They face a City side that has scored twenty-two goals from four home matches, so it would be understandable if their supporters are concerned.
Away from home, Burnley has drawn once and lost twice. They scored three goals but conceded seven and are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home.
Jay Rodriguez is Burnley’s top scorer with four goals in all competitions. He has had thirteen shots form seven matches, which gives him a goal conversion rate of 31%. City fans will remember the next name on the list from his time at Lyon. Maxwell Cornet, who tormented the blues in the Champions League, signed for the Clarets in the summer, and has weighed in with one goal so far.
Cornet has weighed in with one assist from three matches and has created three chances. Of the fifty-seven passes he has attempted, Cornet has completed forty-four, giving him a pass accuracy of 77%.
Burnley’s main threat comes from Matej Vydra and Ashley Westwood. Both have two assists each from seven games, however Westwood has created the most chances with twelve. He also has the highest number of attempted passes with 396, completing 312 and having a pass accuracy of 79%.
Vydra has a better pass accuracy, but has only attempted thirty-five passes, completing thirty, which, unsurprisingly, gives him a pass accuracy of 86%, the highest in the Burnley team.
Who’s the Boss?
Sean Dyche is still the man in the Burnley hotseat. He has been in charge at Turf Moor since October 2012 and has presided over four hundred games for the Clarets. Of those, he has won 145 and lost 146, a win ratio of 36%.
Last Time Out
City recorded their third straight 5-0 league win over Burnley in November 2020. Riyad Mahrez bagged a hat-trick and goals from Ferran Torres and Benjamin Mendy completed the rout.