PL Preview: Burnley v. Manchester City

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  • Man City’s lead atop the PL table now at 15 points
  • Burnley winless in last eight games
  • David Silva an injury doubt for City

Manchester City head to Burnley on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with Pep Guardiola‘s men aiming to survive any scares from their trip to Turf Moor.

City can move 18 points clear of second-place Manchester United on Saturday as they play in the early game, but the Clarets always put up a tough fight at home, even if their recent form has seen them lose four and draw four of their last eight games.

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In team news Burnley will be without Steven Defour for the rest of the season after his knee injury was more serious than first feared, while James Tarkowski remains out with a groin problem.

Man City will check in on David Silva who came off against West Brom on Wednesday and didn’t train on Thursday, while Leroy Sane remains out alongside Fabian Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy.

What they’re saying…

Dyche on Man City’s youth policy: “I remember Pep himself when he was at Barcelona talking about why buy players when you can play young players, but even he now at Man City they’re buying players, there are not many young players coming through the academy that they’re playing. They’re buying players fit for task, or virtually fit for task – that’s the demands of the Premier League.”

Guardiola reacts to Mourinho saying title race is over: “There are 13 games, 39 points to play for, we are 15 ahead. It’s not over. We have amazingly tough games left to play. For example, tomorrow. We cannot deny and everyone knows here in England how complicated it is playing at Burnley. We have to go to Stoke City, Goodison Park. We have Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea to play. Definitely it is not over.”

Prediction

Despite a few injury issues, you’d expect City to ease to victory against an out-of-form Burnley side. This won’t be easy but City will steep on the accelerator late on. 3-0 to City.