Man City vs Burnley – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be searching for their 10th win in a row in all competitions when they welcome struggling Burnley to the Etihad Stadium.

The champions wasted little time on getting the business done on Boxing Day as West Bromwich Albion were ruthlessly swept aside, largely thanks to the immense technique and guile of David Silva, whose presence has more than made up for the lack of a recognised striker in recent games.

It has been a superb run of form for City, but they must keep it going to maintain the pressure on leaders Chelsea, who currently hold a three-point advantage in what is growing to be an intriguing title race full of star quality.

This fixture completes a daunting sequence for Burnley, who emerged with nothing from two brave displays against top-four hopefuls Tottenham and Liverpool. They will be feeling unlucky to have not been rewarded for their efforts, and as a result they now lie second from bottom.

The game-plan here is likely to see Sean Dyche set out to frustrate the hosts, and the likes of captain Jason Shackell and central defensive partner Michael Keane must be on their game if they are to be competitive in this encounter.

Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are still out for Man City, but Stevan Jovetic and captain Vincent Kompany should be fit enough to play a part.

Burnley, who have conceded nine goals in their two previous Premier League meetings with City, are again likely to be without Michael Duff, Matt Taylor and Stephen Ward.

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