After Manchester derby success in mid-week, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City now face an away trip to Burnley as the Premier League title race enters its final throes.
Group EPL Turf Moor, Burnley, England
Key Stat: Manchester City's win at Old Trafford was their 11th in a row in the Premier League.
Expert Verdict: Victory against Manchester United ensured City's title fate remains in their hands but they now face another tricky away trip to Burnley. The Clarets took points off Pep Guardiola's side last season so the title is far from secure yet - but City know they have the firepower to record another three points.
Aaron Lennon is not quite ready to return, while Peter Crouch is also unlikely to feature – though both are back on the training pitch. Phil Bardsley could be fit after suffering a gashed leg, however. Steven Defour will not play again this season.
Chris Wood – The equaliser against Bournemouth followed by two goals in the win against Cardiff to help lift Burnley clear of danger.
Ashley Barnes – Adopted by Liverpool fans as their potential title saviour, the powerful forward has scored twice in the last three games.
Dwight McNeil – The teenage winger has been a revelation since bursting onto the scene in the second-half of this season.
Three wins and a draw in their last four games have lifted Burnley clear of relegation danger. After beating Wolves 2-0 at the end of last month, they started this month with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth – Chris Wood, Ashley Westwood and Ashley Barnes scoring the Clarets’ goals. A vital 2-0 home win against Cardiff followed, with Wood netting twice more, before Monday night’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge continued their good run of form. Jeff Hendrick and Barnes scored the goals against Chelsea.
Defenders:Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor
Midfielders:Jeff Hendrick, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil
Forwards:Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes
Fernandinho was taken off with a knee injury in the Manchester derby, with the subsequent reshuffle seeing Leroy Sane make a goal-scoring impact from the wing as Bernardo Silva – who also scored – dropped into a more central role. City could start with a similar system at Burnley. Nicolas Otamendi could come in for Vincent Kompany, meanwhile, with the Belgian tending not to play twice in a week.
Sergio Aguero – The Argentine striker has 30 goals for the season and is level in the race for the Premier League golden boot with 19 in the league.
Bernardo Silva – Continued a fine season by opening the scoring in the win at Old Trafford in mid-week, once again ensuring Kevin de Bruyne’s absence was not too keenly felt.
David Silva – Back to his very best on Wednesday night – the Spaniard in full flow remains one of the finest players in the game.
Manchester City have taken maximum points from their last two league games in a perfect response to their Champions League exit. A 4-3 home win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-final second leg was not enough to prevent them losing on away goals overall, but Phil Foden’s goal ensured they bounced back by beating Spurs 1-0 in the league. Then, on Wednesday night, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane scored second-half goals in a 2-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Defenders:Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Midfielders:David Silva, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva
Forwards:Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
Manchester are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Burnley, but they did only draw 1-1 on their last trip to Turf Moor last season. They have won the other six, however, including twice winning 5-0 this season, to move to 46 wins, 25 draws and 29 defeats in this fixture. In this year’s league fixture at the Etihad, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane all scored for City, while in the FA Cup match it was Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo, Kevin de Bruyne, a Kevin Long own goal and an Aguero penalty.
Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Jan 26, 2019: Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Oct 20, 2018: Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Feb 03, 2018: Burnley 1-1 Manchester City
Jan 06, 2018: Manchester City 4-1 Burnley
Oct 21, 2017: Manchester City 3-0 Burnley
Considering they have beaten them 5-0 twice already this season, it seems extraordinary that Manchester City should have any worries about this fixture.
But an away match at Turf Moor has tripped up plenty of teams before – including City last season – and the Clarets are in good form too.
Three wins and a draw have eased their relegation worries but Sean Dyche does not do complacency and Burnley will be looking to end the season on a high.
Manchester City won at Old Trafford in mid-week, however, and will be hoping to keep that good feeling going until the end of the season.
City’s title destiny is in their hands, and with Leroy Sane making a goalscoring impact from the bench at Old Trafford and Bernardo and David Silva in form once again, the injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho may have less impact than they once did.
Sergio Aguero’s goalscoring form has been excellent this season too, while there is a good reason Raheem Sterling is in contention for the PFA Player of the Year award.
With that firepower, City have already proved they can take Burnley apart but they must do so at Turf Moor – a ground where the biggest teams can have problems.
Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood will make a nuisance of themselves up front but, if City can control the tempo of the game – and probably score early – they know the title race will remain in their hands.
Burnley are a potential stumbling block, there is no question of that, but City know nothing less than a win will do.
Despite being away from home, Manchester City are on a roll in the league and are 2/13 favourites with Betway to beat Burnley.
They have won their other two matches against Burnley this season 5-0, albeit at home rather than at Turf Moor, but over 2.5 goals is a best price of 4/9 with Ladbrokes and Betfair.
City to win to nil, as they did against Tottenham and Manchester United in their last two games, is 8/11 with Bet365, Ladbrokes and Betway, meanwhile.
Raheem Sterling missed a sitter in this fixture last season, but he has been one of City’s star players this season and can be backed at 10/11 with Betfair to score at any time. Sergio Aguero is a best price of 4/6 with Ladbrokes and 10Bet, meanwhile.
Manchester City know their title destiny is in their hands, but they also know an away trip to Burnley can be a stumbling block. Nevertheless, they are in good form and can claim a vital away win.