Liverpool‘s resounding 5-0 win over Huddersfield on Friday evening has set the gauntlet for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Burnley know that the Citizens require three points to retake their Premier League perch as the season starts to tick down.
Anything other than victory will not be good enough for Man City, but they will know from Chelsea‘s recent draw against the Clarets that it certainly won’t be an easy game – especially with a fired-up Ashley Barnes helping to lead the line.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s big clash:
Kick-off: 2:05pm on Sunday 28 April at Turf Moor
How to watch: The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event and can be streamed via the Sky Go app
Referee: Paul Tierney
Form: Burnley LWWWD, Man City LWWWW
Odds: Burnley 20-1, Draw 8-1, Man City 2-11
i predicts: 1-3
Team news and expected line-ups
Phil Bardsley is a doubt for the home side due to having the stitches taken out of a recent leg wound that the former Sunderland defender picked up in recent weeks. Peter Crouch is also sidelined until the end of the month after suffering from appendicitis, with the experienced target man only recently returning to training.
Steven Defour will miss the rest of the season due to a continued recovery from a calf strain, while Aaron Lennon isn’t expected to be fit for competitive action until mid-May. After a terrific performance against Chelsea last time out, Sean Dyche’s changes should be at an absolute minimum.
Fernandinho will be sidelined for the away side after picking up a knee injury in Man City’s midweek win over local rivals Manchester United, with the Brazilian midfielder having undergone a scan in the aftermath. Ilkay Gundogan is expected to play in his deep midfield role as a result – though the German picked up a knock against United too.
Kevin De Bruyne is still recovering from a hamstring injury, so will be unfit to play a part from the off on Sunday, although Guardiola may risk the Belgian if required given that Man City were knocked out of the Champions League. Oleksandr Zinchenko should be preferred to Benjamin Mendy at left back, while Vincent Kompany could rotate out of the side at centre back after a busy week. Bernardo Silva could drop deeper in midfield, allowing for one of Riyad Mahrez or Leroy Sane to come into the attack.
Burnley expected line-up (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.
Man City expected line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, David Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.