Premier League Preview: Burnley vs. Manchester City

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  • The two sides drew 2-2 at the Etihad in December
  • City has outscored Burnley 16-3 in the past three games at Turf Moor (W3)
  • Burnley has won one of it’s last 12 league games (W1, D4, L7)

Sitting in the drop zone, Burnley will look to shock Manchester City once again as they welcome the defending Premier League champions to Turf Moor on Saturday.

You can watch the match live on NBCSN at 1 p.m. ET, or online via Live Extra.

In their first meeting back in December, Burnley went to the Etihad and stunned everyone, pulling out a massive 2-2 draw.

But since the Clarets have struggled, currently with the second-worst record in the league over the past 12 games, earning only seven of a possible 36 points. They sit 19th on the table with just 22 points through 28 matches.

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Few believe Sean Dyche’s men have what it takes to survive relegation, and nothing short of a miracle would be needed to pull off that feat. Matt Taylor is still out nursing an achilles injury, and newest signing Fredrik Ulvestad is not quite ready to make his Premier League debut.

For Manchester City, time is running out to challenge Chelsea for the title. Five points back with one more game played than the Blues, City can’t afford to drop any points to a side like Burnley. However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have only won three out of their last ten matches in all competitions, unacceptable form from the defending champions.

What they’re saying

Burnley boss Sean Dyche on facing City:  “They’ve got some fantastic players. We experienced that once before, we gave a good performance and I think overall deserved a point out of the game. But that doesn’t guarantee us anything this time around.”

City midfielder Frank Lampard on David Silva: “I’d put him right in the top bracket of the best players I’ve played with in my career. From the moment I arrived and started training with him in pre-season I could better appreciate his weight of pass, movement, and his touch and he could play in any team in the world.”

Prediction

Burnley are without a win since January 10th, and don’t look for that to change this weekend. City have been poor as of late, but Pellegrini’s men know their season is all but over if they don’t take three points on Saturday. Burnley 0-2 Manchester City.