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Burnley vs Manchester City at Turf Moor

Turf Moor Referee : Paul Tierney
28th April 2019 2:05 PM (BST)
  • 0 Burnley

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘63' Sergio Agüero


Commentary By David Clayton


That's all for today - Pep and Sergio reaction to come on and the highlights will be on at midnight. We'll be back a week tomorrow with Leicester the visitors at the Etihad. Thanks for tuning in and we'll do it all again in eight days...


This is how Clarets boss Sean Dyche saw things...

"I'm really proud of the players, there could've been question marks after we were factually safe but we took the game on against a fantastic side.

"I told the players before, we can't take them on at their game so we had to make it as awkward and as uncomfortable as possible - almost like a cup tie mentality and we did that very well.

"It's fantastic for me to see Pep screaming get the ball in corner - that was pleasing for me. You have to find a way to win."


Pep reaction:

"We didn't concede one shot on target or one corner, we are a small team but we are smart, in the first half the pitch was so dry and it was slow but in the second half we knew we had to score our goal.

"We controlled the long ball and we had chances to score the second goal - in the last minutes anything can happen, always it is difficult if you cannot close the game.

"In the first half we didn't create too much but of course it is what it is, we knew in these kind of games you play with intention and 92 points is incredible - it is in our hands, we must win our next two games and our next one against Leicester."


The stats tell their own story - 70% City possession and 25 shots on goal, seven of which were on target. Burnley managed two shots, neither on target


Good news from the Academy Stadium, too where City have beaten Yeovil Ladies 2-1 to remain unbeaten in the FA Women's Super League. Parris and Hemp on target despite going behind after just 25 seconds


Sergio reaction:

β€œI am so very happy for the win and now we have one week now to prepare for the next game.

"I think it was over the line! I am very happy with the goal because the first half we had chances. I was happy for the technology.

β€œWhen I scored I enjoyed the moment with my team-mates.”


City need two more wins to guarantee the title. Leicester next up at the Etihad and it's going to be another tough game. Newcastle play Liverpool before we play and if they fail to win... well, who knows? It's a dozen Premier League wins in a row for this incredible City side who  can see the finish line in sight...


How crucial could goal-line technology prove come the final day of this absorbing title race? VAR ended City's Champions League hopes, but this tech was the difference today


City trying to slow things down with a throw near the Burnley corner flag. Lowton goes in strongly and gets a yellow card for his trouble - free-kick City


Bernardo's cross finds Sergio who spins and shoots and despite efforts to clear, the referee got the goal-line technology vibration and awards the goal


Crosses into the Burnley box are being cleared by the home defence fairly comfortably - you get the feeling it's going to take a deflection or mistake to break down this defence


A few suggestions floating around that the Turf Moor pitch may be a little on the dry side - the sprinklers haven't gone at the break and  a drier surface would certainly take some of the zip out of our passing



Burnley 0 City 0

Work to do for Pep at the break - City have been a bit careless in possession and there's not been much intensity, either. One goal will probably settle this game based on the first 45 minutes...


Leroy berates Sergio's over-hit pass much to the amusement of the home fans but it sums up our first half which has been OK but not brilliant so far


Sterling loses the ball and then brings down the Burnley player as he breaks - all this after a good spell of City pressure which the hosts were lucky to survive


The Clarets come into today's game with their Premier League status assured following Cardiff's loss at Fulham - not a bad achievement considering their position around Christmas


All over at the King Power Stadium where Leicester have beaten Arsenal 3-0... Arsenal Women are sure to be crowned champions of the FA Women's Super League as they lead Brighton 4-0 with minutes to go


Leicester are 1-0 up on Arsenal with 10 to go and Arsenal Women are 2-0 up at Brighton with about an hour played which is not good news for us...


A few positive stats to settle any pre-match tension...

City are unbeaten in their last seven league and cup games against the Clarets, winning six of those matches.

The Blues have beaten Burnley 5-0 twice this season - in the Premier League and the FA Cup - and no team has ever scored five goals against the same opponent three times in a single season in English league history.

Since March 1999, City have played Burnley 16 times, winning 12, drawing three and losing one. The Blues have scored 54 goals in that time at an average of 3.375 goals per game - as Opta Joe would put it: Impressive


Lawro predicts...

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction for today's game...

"The Clarets held City here last season but I just don't see it happening again.

"The only way they might get some joy is if they can get City involved in a really tough, physical game, which would suit the home side far more."

Prediction: 0-2

Finger's crossed, Mark!


Half-time in one of today's other fixtures is Leicester 0-0 Arsenal - the Gunners down to 10 men. It's the Foxes next up after today's game for City...


Pep: Who handles the pressure best will win the title

Here's what Pep has had to say of the title race...

"Now it's who handles the pressure, who is more stable.

"Every game it is a little more difficult with the pressure.

"They(Liverpool) are going to win their games.

"If we win on Sunday, next Monday [against Leicester], and the last game in Brighton we will be champions. All we have to do is focus on what we have to do and win our games.

"We lose a game? Bad luck and next season we will be back, hopefully stronger."


So, who will start this afternoon? We'll know more when the teams are announced at 1.05pm but Pep is likely to factor in Burnley's physical front two of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood in his selection - but we'll see!


Two games for you to enjoy today, too as Nick Cushing's City side take on Yeovil Town Ladies in the FA Women's Super League. Leaders Arsenal travel to Brighton and will be crowned champions if they win, so we'll keep you updated on events at the Academy Stadium from 2pm onwards...


Pep Guardiola πŸ’¬

β€œIt's always hard to play at Burnley. They do really well what they do.

"We have to prepare and we are prepared. It’s the end of the season - the last games - and everyone feels pressure.

β€œOn Friday, we had day off and then have prepared for Burnley’s tough points.” 


Team news πŸ“‹

Kevin De Bruyne remains sidelined for this weekend’s trip to Burnley.

The Belgium midfielder suffered a hamstring problem in the recent 1-0 win over Tottenham and is yet to make a full recovery.

Pep Guardiola says his condition is improving, but admits Sunday's game will arrive too soon for him to be involved. 

Meanwhile, Fernandinho faces a late fitness test to see if he is fit enough to play after suffering a knee injury in the win over Manchester United on Wednesday.

β€œStill Kevin is not fit,” Guardiola said. β€œHe’s getting better, but is not fit.

β€œWe will see tomorrow [if Fernandinho is fit]. He had a problem in the knee, but we will see tomorrow.”


It's matchday! ⚽

Three to go!

City travel to Burnley this afternoon in a 2:05pm BST kick-off, looking to clinch the first win of the three needed to retain the Premier League title!

It's going to be a tough one at Turf Moor and as always, we'll bring you all of the match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction.

Get in touch and let us know how you're feeling ahead of the game with #cmoncity on Twitter!

Other games that day

  • Leicester City3
  • Manchester United1

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 36 +64 91
3 Tottenham Hotspur 36 +29 70
4 Chelsea 36 +21 68
5 Arsenal 36 +20 66
6 Manchester United 36 +13 65
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 +2 54
8 Leicester City 36 +4 51
9 Everton 36 +6 50
10 Watford 36 -1 50
11 West Ham United 36 -9 46
12 Crystal Palace 36 -5 43
13 Newcastle United 36 -9 42
14 Bournemouth 36 -13 42
15 Burnley 36 -19 40
16 Southampton 36 -17 38
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 36 -22 35
18 Cardiff City 36 -36 31
19 Fulham 36 -42 26
20 Huddersfield Town 36 -54 14
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