After demolishing Stoke City 7-2 at the weekend, Pep Guardiola claimed that it was the best he had seen his Manchester City side play. Even without the prolific Sergio Agüero up front, they are still managing to score goals for fun.
Kevin De Bruyne has been outstanding all season and he dictated the play with frightening ease on Saturday. Whether it be his cute reverse pass to Leroy Sané in the build up to Raheem Sterling’s goal, his whipped low cross for Gabriel Jesus’s second, or his stunning through ball for Sané to make it 6-2, the Belgian was everywhere, and the opposition couldn’t handle him. His support cast isn’t half bad either.
City are many people’s early favourites for the Premier League title, and given some of their impressive victories so far, it is easy to understand why. However, they let in two soft goals on Saturday and nearly let Stoke back into the contest.
They won’t want to make the same mistake against their visitors this weekend.
Burnley should not be underestimated in this fixture. Although the season is only eight games old, they already appear to be making a better fist of this campaign then their previous three in the Premier League. And it is their away form that is making people sit up and take notice.
Last season, they were very poor away from Turf Moor, and only managed a solitary victory on the road, against Crystal Palace. However, this season, they have already taken eight points from tough fixtures at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton. Can they add their biggest scalp yet?
Although Burnley haven’t got a stellar list of names in their backline, the likes of Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Matt Lowton have only conceded six goals so far this season.
Furthermore, Chris Wood has continued his Championship form from last year, having already netted against Spurs, Palace and West Ham. They’ve also shown some Man City like finesse in their play too, with Jeff Hendrick’s winner against Everton the result of a glorious passing move.
Man City will rightly go into this fixture as favourites, but Burnley have shown enough in defence and attack this season to suggest that they could cause their illustrious opponents some problems.
Expect the home side to have their work cut out at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.