Premier League 9ª Jornada

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Manchester City – Burnley (Premier League)

After an important win in the Champions League, Manchester City return to Etihad Stadium in order to face Burnley, this Saturday, in a tie for the 9th round of the Premier League. The Citizens are in a devastating form and arrive here with 10 consecutive victories in all competitions, and are taking the lead in the Premier League without having tasted defeat. Burnley are also in good form and has managed to avoid defeat in the last 6 league games, being well within the race for european spots.

Manchester City are in 1st place with 22 points, result of 7 wins and 1 draw, with 29 goals scored and only 4 conceded. Pep Guardiola is doing a fantastic job at the helm of Manchester City, arriving here unbeaten in all competitions and being able to cope well with a tight schedule, with the team already qualified for the 4th round of the EFL Cup and being leaders of Group F of the Champions League after winning the first 3 matches. The Citizens are really in a superb moment of form and there are no negative aspects to be pointed out. As is typical of Guardiola’s teams, City are a team who adopts a possession football and always try to control the game in the opposition’s half, with this Manchester side showing a great offensive versatility, being strong in attacking down the wings, dangerous in offensive set pieces, and having players with huge technical abilities that are able to unbalance any defensive sector, and also with strikes doted of great finalization power.

Players like Sané, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Aguero, among others, are all very talented and all capable of making the difference in individual bids, they also have the luck of being supported by players like David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho, all of them very intelligent in the reading of the game and essential in the construction of the offensive bids. Gabriel Jesus, Sterling and Aguero all occupy the 2nd place in the list of the league’s top scorers, each with 6 goals scored. City have a total of 22 goals scored in the 6 games played at home this season, in all competitions, conceding only 4.

In their last 5 official games, Manchester City have a record of 5 victories. This sequence of results began with a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace. This result was followed by a 2-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk, for the Champions League, a 0-1 win against Chelsea, a 7-2 win over Stoke City, and in the last round, a 2-1 win over Napoli, for the Champions League. Benjamim Mendy and Vincent Kompany are both out for this game due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Otamendi and Delph – Fernandinho, Silva and Bruyne – Sterling, Jesus and Sané.

premier-leagueBurnley, on their turn, are in 7th place with 13 points, result of 3 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat, with 8 goals scored and 6 conceded. Burnley have been through a good moment this season, and despite having drawn too many matches, they have managed to avoid defeat at all costs, with their only defeat so far being in their own ground at the hands of West Bromwich, in the 2nd round of the Premier League. The Clarets have the same 13 points than the 5th placed Chelsea, which means they are in the race for european spots, although in order to get it, they need to get more victories than they have obtained so far.

Despite having a very weak offensive power, with an average of 1 goal scored per game, Burnley have the 4th most organized defense in the Premier League, and not conceding goals is the first step not to lose. Away from their domains, the team are yet to be defeated, winning 3 of the 5 games played so far, in all competitions, and have drawn the remaining 2, with 8 goals scored and 4 conceded. However, this defensive organization will be put to the test against the most prolific Premier League attack.

In their last 5 official games, Burnley have a record of 1 victory and 4 draws. This sequence of results began with a 1-1 away draw against Liverpool. This result was followed by a 2-2 home draw against Leeds United, for the EFL Cup, a 0-0 home draw against Huddersfield Town, a 0-1 victory against Everton, and in their last round, a 1-1 home draw against West Ham. Tom Heaton and Jonathan Walters are both out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Pope – Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee and Ward – Cork, Defour, Brady and Arfield – Hendrick – Wood.

Manchester City has won 3 of their last 6 direct clashes played in the last 16 years, drawing 2 and losing 1.

Manchester City 2-1 Burnley
Premier League 2016/17
Burnley 1-2 Manchester City
Premier League 2016/17
Burnley 1-0 Manchester City
Premier League 2014/15
Manchester City 2-2 Burnley
Premier League 2014/15
Burnley 1-6 Manchester City
Premier League 2009/10
Manchester City 3-3 Burnley
Premier League 2009/10

The Citizens have been extremely organized defensively and absolutely ruthless up front, so it is be expected a clash with another outcome in favor of Pep Guardiola’s side, who should be able to get a clean sheet against an opposition with very weak offensive power.

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Manchester City
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Etihad
  • City: Manchester
  • Establishment: 1880

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Burnley FC
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Turf Moor
  • City: Burnley
  • Establishment: 1882

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