Manchester City vs Burnley: 3 things we learned

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Manchester City vs Burnley: Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne each scored a goal as the defending Premier League champions cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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The victory never required Manchester City to get out of first gear — comfortable and in control at every turn — though it hardly delighted in the ways that Pep Guardiola’s side has often done in the past. Alas, three more points to keep pace with Liverpool means Manchester City remain one point back of the Reds and one ahead of Chelsea, who are yet to play in matchweek 8.


Manchester City vs Burnley final score, stats, results

Final score: Manchester City 2, Burnley 0

Goal scorers: Manchester City (Silva 12′, De Bruyne 70′), Burnley (None)

Shots: Manchester City 15, Burnley 7

Shots on target: Manchester City 6, Burnley 2

Possession: Manchester City 71%, Burnley 29%


3 things we learned, Manchester City vs Burnley

1. Job done, but little more from Manchester City: On the one hand, many of Man City’s players only returned to Manchester within the last 48 hours after traveling all over the world and playing two (or three) games in seven days’ time (not to mention the Premier League fixtures three days prior and three days after), so it’s to be expected that the first game back after an international break won’t ever showcase any side’s best self. On the other hand, it’s Burnley. We’ll just say the schedule makers were exceptionally kind to Manchester City and allow them this one semi-subpar performance in a victory that was never, ever in doubt.

2. No real test for Man City: As one might expect, Manchester City enjoyed almost 72 percent of possession and limited Burnley to just three shots in the first half, but that doesn’t tell even half of the story of the champs’ dominance. The Etihad Stadium never really came to life at any point during the 90 minutes, seemingly unamused by their side’s half-hearted superiority.

3. Key players enjoy afternoon on the bench: The likes of Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko will all be asked to contribute massively between now and the end of the season, but on Saturday they were all treated to an extended rest. Fernandinho began the game on the bench as well before coming on to play the final seven minutes.

Man of the Match: Bernardo Silva – The Portuguese playmaker got the opening goal and assumed the role of most-advanced central midfielder, allowing De Bruyne to take a back seat and enjoy the ride.


Manchester City vs Burnley recap, highlights

Bernardo Silva slams home the rebound for 1-0 (goal video)

Even after 12 minutes, it was already wave after wave after wave of Manchester City pressure as Guardiola’s side set up permanent residence in Burnley’s defensive third. A goal was inevitable from the first whistle, and eventually it came courtesy of Silva.

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Zack Steffen makes one-on-one save to deny Maxwell Cornet

Steffen got the start with Ederson forced to quarantine following his return from international duty in Brazil, and the USMNT no. 1.5 had no choice but to come up massive midway through the first half. Cornet got in behind to latch onto a ball over the top, but Steffen met him near the penalty spot and closed down his angles well. It’s a welcome sight for USMNT fans who might have felt uneasy over his spot-start against Costa Rica on Thursday.

Kevin De Bruyne doubles Manchester City lead (goal video)

The ball was bouncing around the penalty area and it eventually fell in the general vicinity of De Bruyne, who wrapped his wand of a left foot around the ball and stroked it inside the far post to put the game to bed.


Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

City will be without Ferran Torres for over two months after he suffered a fracture in his foot while playing for Spain over the international break. Benjamin Mendy remains suspended by the club, while Gabriel Jesus and Ederson will be missing due to their involvement with Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan have returned from injury and are fit to play.

Burnley team news, injuries, lineup options

Center back and captain Ben Mee is out after a positive COVID-19 test, while Dale Stephens is out with an ankle injury. Charlie Taylor and Matej Vydra are both battling to be fit.


Manchester City vs Burnley preview

Manchester City vs Burnley will be a clash of styles at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and this one is intriguing on multiple fronts.

Firstly, Pep Guardiola has plenty of lineup headaches as some of his players have to quarantine after coming back from international games, plus he’s picked up some injuries and Raheem Sterling isn’t happy about his lack of minutes. Given the fact that City have looked slick in recent weeks and won at Chelsea and drew at Liverpool, it seems like Pep Guardiola will find a way to figure this all out. Also, Man City have won their last four home games versus Burnley by a 5-0 scoreline…

As for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, he is without captain Ben Mee for this clash due to a positive COVID-19 test. The Clarets have yet to win in the Premier League this season but have showed plenty of attacking intent and have been a little unlucky. That said, there’s a growing sense of nervousness around Turf Moor as they head into a very tough run of games.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Burnley.

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Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Well, Man City are heavy favorites to win at -1000 and Burnley are massive underdogs at +2000. The draw is +800. That tells you all you need to know.

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Prediction

This could be tougher for City than expected, especially as they have a lot of absentees. That said, they will find a way to get it done and they continue to look solid at the back. Man City 3-0 Burnley. 


How to watch Manchester City vs Burnley live, stream and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
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USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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