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Burnley vs Manchester City at Turf Moor

Turf Moor Referee : Martin Atkinson
3rd February 2021 6:00 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Burnley

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘3' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘38' Raheem Sterling


Commentary By David Clayton


OK folks, wrapping up now. Remember, highlights coming up plus reaction from the boss and Raheem Sterling. City+ subscribers can watch a full match replay from midnight so if you've not signed up yet, now's the time. Other than that, thanks for being with us here on the Matchday Centre and we'll see you on Sunday for our next game at Anfield...


City play with three-and-a-half at the back' - Sean Dyche talking to BBC Sport

 "Manchester City were every good. They're on a good run of form. They are really sharp in transition in defence and attack.

"They can open you up. We'd like to do better with the goals. Fair play to them. They get their noses in front.

"We defended well in general and stuck to the task. This batch of injuries, I donโ€™t think are serious.

"They play with a three and a half [at the back]. The right-back or left-back goes into midfield when they have the ball."


More from Pep...

"Right now we enjoy this game and tomorrow we start to think about the next game.

"It is the same points, but against a contender. At the end the aim is to be champion. 

"Against teams lower in the table people can say itโ€™s guaranteed but we know how difficult it is. 

"We had to do our best and now we face a different team with a different type of play. 

"Now comes another tough tough group of games. Today we enjoy the game, have good food and tomorrow we start to think about Liverpool."


Reaction from the boss...

"We were lucky to score early and after the first half we struggled a bit to break the lines. 

"The second half was much better. The start of the second half was the best and in the last 15-20 minutes we just passed the ball with no intention to attack to save energy. 

"Everyone knows how tough Burnley is away. In general we are satisfied. "


Goat's final thoughts....

"The confidence we have I cant see teams catching us. You look at other teams and think could they go unbeaten? But City have done it before. Clean sheets, creativity and goals scored so Pep will be a happy man."


Raheem reaction

"It's good to get another win and a clean sheet. It's been a good run so we need to continue it.

"It's always good to score as quick as possible and that's exactly what we did.

"We know exactly what they will bring being physical and putting balls in the box, and the boys at the back did really well to deal with it."


No De Bruyne. No Aguero. No Foden. No problem.

City go three points clear with a game in hand on United. Liverpool start in about 5 minutes and are seven behind with the same games played. 


Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 Live

"Manchester City played really well, they are always a joy to watch. It didn't get your heart racing because it was so one-sided, but game management was top quality and they will go into the next round of games with lots of confidence, yet another clean sheet."


Penalty miss...

On BT Sport, resident ref analyser Peter Walton says 'definitely contact, definitely a penalty' - think we're all agreed on that? Fortunately it didn't matter to the result but VAR should have flagged. Enough said


Of course, we'll have all the post-match reaction for you coming up on the Matchday Centre plus words from the boss, a player and match highlights - so don't touch that dial. Or mouse. Or whatever...


Goat reaction on We're Not Really Here...

"Iโ€™m really impressed with how we kept the clean sheet. We pressed for the third and still keep the clean sheet, because there were a few times where Burnley broke but we put in a real team effort."


Brilliant from Stones as a ball was headed back into the City box - had three Burnley players around him but never took his eye off the ball and headed the danger clear


That's odd - VAR don't seem interested as Tarkowski seems to clip Jesus in the box. TV replays suggest it should have been a penalty?

Answers on a postcard, please...


City controlling play and looking for a third. If we do score another expect a few substitutions with Liverpool up next. Zinchenko coming on now having said that...


Cancelo revelling in this attacking role - he's always available and sending in a variety of passes and crosses that are causing Burnley problems. What a season he's having



Wow. Gundogan with a perfect through ball sending Sterling clear but the captain sees his shot saved by Pope's feet - should have been goodnight Vienna, that but sublime from Gundo


Nice move by City, Bernardo driving into the Burnley half before Sterling takes over, finds Mahrez who plays it back to Cancelo who sees his shot blocked.


Goat on We're Not Really Here...

"Burnley wanted to smother City to stop the free-flowing. We know what Dyche is about but City are still moving the goal and finding the pockets. There is so little space but the ability to find this space is brilliant from City."


Burnley 0-2 City

Great first-half for City with two good finishes - could have been one more but Burnley haven't been bad at all. So far, so good


Superb from Gundogan who gets down the right before crossing into the six-yard box where Sterling is on hand to hit the ball high into the net from five yards. Get in!!!


Nice move. Sterling works across the edge of the box before finding Jesus who looks as though he's waiting for Mahrez to overlap before firing in a shot that's blocked and Pope gathers.



Big chance for Sterling as Tarkowski misses the ball and allows Sterling in - Pope had come out but probably needed a first-time shot around the Clarets keeper instead of cutting back inside where the danger was cleared



Mahrez collects a long pass with superb control before firing a volley at Nick Pope who beats it away - the flag then goes up but play to the whistle every time


Great ball from Sterling to Bernardo who sees his shot saved pushed out by Pope and Jesus is on hand to nod home - fantastic start and just what we needed


Sean Dyche ahead of the game:

"This is a different kind of challenge from a top side. Everyone is expecting City to win and win well - our job is stop that happening. If City turn up, we're in for a tough night."


Record in sight?

What a stat...

City are currently on a club record run of 12 consecutive victories in all competitions. The last Premier League side to win 13 consecutive games in league and cup was Arsenal back in 2002.

We are unbeaten in 19 matches stretching back to 21 November and have conceded just four goals during this run. Incredible.


More from the Goat on We're Not Really Here...

"January was so impressive. Itโ€™s Pep Guardiola - he's a perfectionist. He talks about City being better, but it's just been amazing. He feels there can be improvement. That month has been perfect and to manage that with the rotation is an amazing thing he has been able to do! "


Vital we win this one with a trip to Anfield coming up this weekend. Liverpool looking sharp again so, as has been in the past two or three years, it will be a pivotal meeting in the title race 


There will be a minute's applause for a true national hero just prior to kick off as the country salutes Captain Sir Tom Moore who sadly passed away on Monday. Wherever you are, join in and remember a man who refused to let the pandemic dampen his spirits...


So, all five of the Clarets players rated as doubtful before kick-off haven't made the squad for tonight - no forward line of Wood and Barnes with Vydra and Rodriguez likely to provide a different look to the hosts' attack


Goat's pre-match thoughts on We're Not Really Here...

"โ€™I'm feeling good. I know Sean Dyche I have him on WhatsApp but I don't communicate when City play! Whoever Burnley play they make a game of it, but without our recent history against Burnley Iโ€™m confident, Iโ€™m going big! "


So Dias, Stones and Laporte all start - intriguing! Could Laporte start as left-back or will he drift into a back three allowing Joao Cancelo to roam with intent?


So, five changes for the Premier League leaders tonight:  

In come Cancelo, Stones, Rodrigo, Sterling & Mahrez and out go Walker, Zinchenko, Ferna, Torres, Foden.


Our record against the Clarets is ridiculously good, but got a feeling this is going to be a tight one.   We have won our last seven meetings with Burnley in all competitions by an aggregate score of 28-1, including 5-0 in the Premier League and 3-0 (Carabao Cup) victories against the Clarets this season.  They are in much better form now than either of those earlier season meetings, it has to be said and anyone who watched them beat Liverpool know that they can be a very well-organised and difficult side to play against.


We're Not Really Here will kick off at 5pm with Leonard Shaun Goater as our esteemed guest today - The Goat used to call Burnley his 'ker-ching' team as he twice bagged hat-tricks at Turf Moor in 1999 and 2001. I think he scored eight in five games against them - or in that neighbourhood


Chris Wood limped off in Sunday's loss and he, Ashley Barnes, Robbie Brady, Charlie Taylor and Josh Brownhill will have all undergone late fitness tests with Wood the likeliest to miss the game.


So, how are the Clarets shaping up coming in to this game? Not bad, in truth. January saw two 1-0 losses to West Ham and United, before a superb 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield, a 3-0 win in the FA Cup away to Fulham and 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Turf Moor. They were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea on Sunday, but a very decent month for Sean Dyche's men.


We'll have team news at 5pm, an hour ahead of kick-off and as ever, it'll be interesting to see who Pep selects for the clash with Burnley. We know that Nathan Ake, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are ruled out but there are plenty of questions to be answered, such as will John Stones get the nod alongside Ruben Dias? Will Gabriel Jesus start up front or will Raheem Sterling be recalled? We'll know more in about 40 minutes.


City come into this top of the table, despite that bizarre result at Old Trafford last night. Liverpool in action later this evening so it's another big game for us as we go looking for successive win No.13. What a run we've been on...


Well, here we are - just gone 4pm on a wet and rainy Wednesday afternoon preparing for a match at 6pm. And yet, somehow if feels quite normal. Welcome to the Matchday Centre...


Double trouble! ๐Ÿ˜‚

We have two special guests on tonight's Man City Instagram Story: Aoife Mannion and Janine Beckie!

The hilarious pair will be joining Adam to add their insight to events at Turf Moor and given the housemates' recent antics and escapades on their own social media channels, it's sure to be an entertaining one!

Got a question for either of them? We're inviting fans to submit your questions on the Cityzens platform!


Form guide ๐Ÿ“ˆ

City are in fine form heading into this game, having won 12 games in a row as part of an 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

The Clarets have also been on a good run of form.

They have recently beaten Liverpool1-0  at Anfield, Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup and Aston Villa 3-2 at Turf Moor.

However, they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.


Pep Guardiola (on Burnley) ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œAlways I think when playing Burnley, especially away, is that it will never be easy.

โ€œThey have played together for Sean Dyche for a long time and they know what to do really well.

โ€œThe past is nothing. Every team is a new chance, a new challenge, to do a good game.

โ€œI pay zero attention to what happened in the past. It is about [Wednesday], what we have to do to beat them. That is only my concern.โ€


We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ’™

Shaun Goater will join presenter Kyle Walker on our We're Not Really Here matchday show.

Weโ€™re Not Really Here provides a City focused perspective to your pre-match build-up and begins one hour before kick-off at 17:00 (UK).

It is available to watch on all our digital platforms and also includes a brief half-time summary and 30-minutes of post-match reaction.

Get in touch with your thoughts on the game, using #WNRH on Twitter.

During the game, there will be live commentary, which you can enjoy exclusively on and our official app.


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

Sergio Agueroโ€™s period of self-isolation has ended but he will miss the game.

City have been without the striker for a month, who initially isolated after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, before then contracting the virus himself.

Aguero is now back at the City Football Academy after returning a negative test, but he is yet to resume training and Pep Guardiola say he is weeks away from being ready to play.

The manager also confirmed Nathan Ake is unavailable for the trip to Turf Moor as he continues to be sidelined by the injury which has kept him out of our last nine matches.

Guardiola reported no fresh injury concerns following the 1-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend, which means Kevin De Bruyne will be the only other absentee.


It's matchday! โšฝ

A very good morning, afternoon, evening or night - wherever you are in the world!

City are back in action once again with a trip to Burnley tonight, facing the Clarets in an 18:00 (UK) kick-off.

Following Manchester United's victory over Southampton last night, we'll be looking to re-open a points gap atop the Premier League table...

As always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction from Turf Moor right here in the Matchday Centre so make sure to tune in from around 16:00 (UK) this afternoon!


Other games that day

  • Aston Villa1
    West Ham United3
  • Liverpool0
    Brighton and Hove Albion1
  • Fulham0
    Leicester City2
  • Leeds United1

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 22 +19 44
3 Leicester City 22 +14 42
4 Liverpool 22 +18 40
5 West Ham United 22 +6 38
6 Everton 20 +6 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 +13 33
8 Chelsea 21 +12 33
9 Aston Villa 20 +11 32
10 Arsenal 22 +5 31
11 Leeds United 21 -2 29
12 Southampton 21 -7 29
13 Crystal Palace 22 -10 29
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 -8 26
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 -5 24
16 Newcastle United 22 -14 22
17 Burnley 21 -15 22
18 Fulham 21 -14 14
19 West Bromwich Albion 22 -34 12
20 Sheffield United 22 -21 11
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