Manchester City welcome Burnley on Saturday afternoon as they look to keep the pace with leaders Chelsea.
The blues have won this fixture four consecutive times by a 5-0 scoreline, and while the visiting supporters will be happy to keep the score under 5, the faithful will be hoping for another goal glut that has seen them twice hit 5 and 6 at the Etihad so far this season.
City have won the last 7 matches at home to Burnley by an aggregate score of 29-2. They are also unbeaten in 20 home matches against the Clarets, with the last home defeat coming in March 1963, when Burnley beat the blues 5-2 at Maine Road.
Since that defeat, City have won 14 and drawn 6 of the subsequent matches, scoring an incredible 63 goals, whilst conceding just 13. City are currently unbeaten at home to Burnley in the Premier League era. However, it is worth noting that a Charity Shield match between City and Burnley took place at Maine Road in 1973, which Burnley won 1-0.
A win for City on Saturday will extend City’s unbeaten home run to 21 matches, but the superstitious amongst us will be wary; City longest unbeaten run, between November 1897 and April 1950 was also 20 matches. That ended when the Clarets won 1-0 at Maine Road in March 1952.
From 52 home matches, City have scored 133 goals against Burnley, while the visitors have managed 54. Burnley have scored 3 or more goals on 7 occasions. 2 of those matches ended in 3-3 draws, while Burnley also recorded a couple of 3-1 victories.
By comparison, City have scored three or more goals on 22 occasions, including 5 x 5-0, a 5-1, a 6-0, a 7-0 and City’s record win of 8-3, achieved in October 1925. It’s little wonder that Burnley fans are a little concerned about Saturday’s match.
City’s longest winning run is 9 matches, achieved between March 1900 and February 1923, while Burnley’s winning streak is 2 matches, achieved 3 times over the history of this fixture. The visitors longest unbeaten run is just 3 matches – a draw and two wins between August 1954 and October 1956.
City have kept 5 consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League against Burnley, and overall, they have prevented the Clarets from scoring on 24 occasions, while Burnley have blanked City in just 6 matches. City have scored in each of their last 12 matches, and the last time City failed to score was a 0-0 draw in October 1975. In their first 20 matches in this fixture, City scored at least once.
The two teams have met 6 times on October, with City winning 3 of those fixtures to Burnley’s 1. The first time they met in this month, City ran out 8-3 winners, while the last time they met in October, the blues started their 5-0 winning run.