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Man City 3-0 Burnley: Smooth sailing

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  • Aguero converts early PK
  • Man City’s first PL clean sheet vs. Burnley
  • City equals club record of 11 consecutive victories in all competitions

Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, and Leroy Sane scored as Manchester City wore down Burnley for a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The win, coupled with Manchester United’s loss at Huddersfield Town, gives City a five-point lead on United. Burnley slips ninth, with 13 points.

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City was undoubtedly the more threatening side in the first quarter-hour, as expected, with Fabian Delph and Kevin De Bruyne particularly involved in the play.

Burnley backstop Nick Pope made a two-handed punch stop of Bernardo Silva as City kept up its attack.

Bernardo Silva then won a penalty kick for City. After a long delay, often a problem for the taker, Aguero proved immune to the pressure and it was 1-0 to the hosts.

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There wasn’t much to most of the second half, as Burnley rarely looked capable of an equalizer.

David Silva snapped the match to a bit of life when he forced Pope into a 72nd minute save, and an ensuing corner kick saw Otamendi nod home an insurance goal. Sane made it 3-0 within moments.

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Tottenham’s Harry Winks earns first England call-up as injury replacement

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Harry Winks‘ strong start to the 2017-2018 Premier League season hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The 21-year-old Tottenham midfielder earned his first senior England National Team call-up on Monday as an injury replacement for veteran pair Fabian Delph and Phil Jones.

Winks was already part of Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21 Men’s National Team squad for matches against Scotland and Andorra but on Monday earned the move up.

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Winks has made five appearances with one start in the Premier League for Spurs this year with a start at APOEL in the UEFA Champions League last week.

England is set to face Slovenia on Thursday and then travel to Lithuania on Sunday.

Watch Live: Chelsea vs. Manchester City

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Chelsea and Manchester City contest the Premier League weekend’s most anticipated match on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

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David Luiz remains suspended for Chelsea, sliding Andreas Christensen into the Starting XI, while Tiemoue Bakayoko is part of a heavy midfield.

Sergio Aguero’s rib injury and car accident have pushed Gabriel Jesus to center forward, while Fabian Delph remains in defense for City.

Twenty-year-old Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is on the bench for Man City.

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Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Kenedy, Moses, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Delph, Otamendi, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Sane, Sterling, Jesus. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, B. Silva, Zinchenko, Toure.

England names 26-man squad ahead of UEFA WCQ finale

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The Three Lions have revealed the squad that will be available to Gareth Southgate for England’s final two UEFA World Cup qualifying matches, and there aren’t too many surprises.

Manchester City’s Fabian Delph is likely the biggest twist on the list of 26 players, as his last call up came nearly two years ago against Spain.

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Top goalscorer throughout qualifying, Harry Kane, is in fine form for Tottenham Hotspur thus far in 2017/18, making his selection run of the mill, while three of his Spurs teammates will join him.

England will close out WCQ qualifying with a home fixture against Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5 before traveling to already-eliminated Lithuania three days later.

Report: Benjamin Mendy has more tests on knee injury

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Benjamin Mendy‘s knee injury seems a little worse than Manchester City first feared.

Mendy, 23, came off in the first half of City’s 5-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday after a tackle with Andros Townsend and initial scans on his swollen knee were inconclusive.

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Now, multiple reports state that Mendy has flown to Barcelona to meet with renowned knee surgeon Ramon Cugat for more tests and scans as City fear ligament damage.

That could mean months out of action for the $75 million left back who joined from AS Monaco this summer.

If Mendy is to spend a long period of time on the sidelines it would be a big blow for Man City as the French international has brought balance and real quality to the left back role.

Marauding forward whenever he gets the chance and whipping in delicious crosses, Mendy has been a revelation on the pitch and off it he has already captured the hearts of City’s fans with his social media antics.

Guardiola does have Danilo who can slot in comfortably to the left back role and also hinted at Fabian Delph playing in that role with City facing Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League this week and then traveling to Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).