Manchester City might be aiming to get back to successful methods in midweek as they tackle Burnley within the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup.
Heading to Turf Moor, Pep Guardiola’s men might be reeling from their shock defeat to Leicester City but have a nice likelihood to attain the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, the Clarets have not reached this stage of the League Cup in some time so a win towards the Citizens might assist them lastly get their season up and working after a tough start.
It’s actually not been the start to the 2020/21 that Sean Dyche and Burnley would have envisaged, with an injury-hit Clarets side dropping their opening two Premier League matches to Leicester City and Southampton. The Carabao Cup has been a welcome distraction to date although having reached the fourth round of the competitors for the first time in seven years. They at first progressed past fellow Premier League side Sheffield United on penalties before simply getting past Millwall 2-0 within the previous round. As a result, Burnley now have a nice likelihood to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time since they reached the semi-finals within the 2008/09 marketing campaign. Their home record is not going to give all of them that much inspiration although. Since the flip of the year, the Lancashire side have solely won 4 matches inside 90 minutes in all competitions on home soil, while they have not crushed a ‘big six’ side at Turf Moor since a 2-1 success towards Tottenham Hotspur back in February 2019.
So much of the headlines pre-match revolve round defender James Tarkowski. The centre-back has been out with an obvious toe injury, while there are also questions on his future with Leicester City and West Ham United thought to be enthusiastic about his signature. Fellow defender Ben Mee is also out for the match towards the Citizens so it’s possible that Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne will proceed within the coronary heart of defence. The injury list doesn’t stop there although. Long-term absentees Ashley Barnes, Jack Cork and Johan Berg Gudmunsson all stay missing, while Robbie Brady and Jay Rodriguez are both also restricted to the sidelines.
It is honest to say that Pep Guardiola and his men might be extraordinarily eager to rectify their surprising defeat on the weekend. Having taken the lead towards Leicester City, the Sky Blues conceded 5 at home within the league for the first since 2003. They also lost a game having been ahead for the first time since a 3-2 reverse towards Wolverhampton Wanderers in December last year. City’s recent form within the League Cup ought to give them appreciable confidence although. Manchester City have lifted the League Cup in 5 out of the last seven seasons together with the last three. As a matter of reality, they have not lost of their last 9 away matches within the League Cup, a run that stretches back to October 2016. Since arriving on the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola has solely ever been defeated in two League Cup ties and satirically they had been both losses to close to neighbours Manchester United.
Just like Burnley, City have been hit laborious by injuries within the early portion of the marketing campaign. Strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are out for some time, leaving Liam Delap as the one possibility up top for City. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva is out with a quad pressure and Ilkay Gundogan continues to be in self isolation having examined constructive for covid-19. Defenders Joao Cancelo and John Stones both stay out of rivalry.
Key Facts To Consider
- Manchester City have a better head-to-head record between the 2 sides (W49, D25, L30)
- The sides have met twice within the past within the League Cup, City successful both games and never conceding a goal
- City have won the last 5 matches in a row towards Burnley, scoring 20 goals within the course of
- Burnley have solely won one out of the last 24 matches towards Manchester City in all competitions
- In all of his appearances towards Burnley, Sergio Aguero has had a hand in over a third of his staff’s goals
Should they not be struggling with their own injury issues, Burnley would possibly nicely have been more assured in taking benefit of City’s present woes. However, give the present scenario at Turf Moor, it appears extremely unlikely that they are going to be in a position to progress. It must be a straight-forward evening for Pep Guardiola’s troops.
Prediction: Man City to Win To Nil