Even more lavish at the top of the Premier League, Manchester City will open on Saturday, February 3, the twenty-sixth round of the 2017/2018 season. Go visit Burnley. The clash begins at 10:30 am (Brasília time) and will be at Turf Moor in Burnley.
Burnley’s recent performance
After a great start to the season, Burnley plummeted. He has not won for nine games. There were five defeats and four draws in the period started in the second half of December. This caused the elimination in the Cup of England, just before the City that in Manchester, thrashed by 4 to 1.
However, it did not affect much the situation of the team in the Premier League. With 35 points (nine wins, eight draws and eight losses), Burnley continues to lead the championship of the poor. It is the seventh place, behind only the big six of the country.
The relegation can not be considered a threat. The advantage of the club compared to Southampton, eighteenth place and the first in the sticking region, is comfortable 12 points. There are 13 days to go before the end of the tournament.
Thus, this end of season straight does not present great goals for the club. The distance to Tottenham, fifth placed, which closes the zone of classification for European tournaments is 13 points. Even if one of the top-ranked teams opens an extra place for the Europa League, that does not make Burnley much better. Arsenal, sixth-placed, has seven points and is the biggest candidate to ‘inherit’ the position.
Thus, coach Sean Dyche is playing the boat. For the duel against the leader you will have to deal with many bruising problems. Tom Heaton (four appearances in the English Championship 2017/2018) is in the medical department; defender James Tarkowski (21 games, no goal); Robbie Brady (15 games, one goal), Steve Defour (24 games, one goal) and Dean Marney (without performances); and attackers Jonathan Walters (three games, no goal) and Chris Wood (15 games, four goals).
On Wednesday, January 31, even with so many problems the team managed to draw a draw from Newcastle at the rival’s home. It was 1 to 1.
The current form of Manchester City
City had a much calmer commitment. On the same day, he confirmed his favoritism by scoring 3-0 at West Bromwich. With that, he reached 68 points (22 wins, two draws and one loss).
Not only did he stay on top of the English Championship as he increased his lead to the vice-leader. As Manchester United were beaten by Tottenham 2-0, the advantage rose to 15 points.
What has left coach Pepe Guardiola and the fans of the City many worried is the large number of injuries. To try to remedy some of the problems, the club went to the market in the January transfer window but failed to reach its two main goals. He lost the Chilean striker Aléxis Sanchez to Manchester United and failed to reach a financial deal to remove Leicester midfielder Mahrez.
So divided between four competitions, Guardiola will have to deal with the likely absences of defenders Benjamin Mendy (four games, no goal) and John Stones (16 games, no goal); Fabian Delph (16 matches, one goal), Phil Foden (one match, no goal), Leroy Sane (22 matches, seven goals) and David Silva (21 matches, five goals); and striker Gabriel Jesus (18 games, eight goals).
Examinations will determine whether some of them may be released to perform on Saturday. This, however, does not seem to be the biggest concern. With knockout commitments by the Champions League and the Wigan and the final of the League Cup scheduled for February, the intense schedule may make more cautious when determining when athletes can play.
History of the bouts between Burnley and Manchester City
Manchester City have won the last four games against Burnley. In the first round of the English Championship, he scored 4-1.
Manchester City have kept up their standard of play so it is the best option for Saturday’s duel. Appears at 1.28 in Bet365. Draw yields 5.50 and success of home owners multiplies the investment by 10.00. Quotes were in effect at 11:44 AM 1/2/2018.