The Citizens head into this forthcoming tie with Burnley in what could be another test for Guardiola’s men having endured a mixed start to the season this campaign.
Having suffered a shocking defeat to Mourinho’s men on Saturday clash at White Hart Lane, the Citizens put on an impressive performance during the mid week clash with Olympiacos where they defeated the Greece outfit by 1goal to nil.
In contrast, Burnley, on the other hand, beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the English Premier League on Monday to register their first league win of the season.
A goal from New Zealand international Chris Wood in the first half was enough to seal the deal for Sean Dyche’s men
The Citizens will be looking for a win against Burnley having claimed just 12 points in the campaign so far, with a game in hand to play. The major concern for the City is their misfiring front line, experiencing difficulty in executing at the final third.
In 15 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Manchester City hold the clear advantage, having won 11 games, lost one and drawn three. Manchester city would be gearing towards a win so as to close on the gap between the title rivals, with 8 points adrift of the current leader, Tottenham Hotspur. The win against Olympiacos would certainly be a huge boost for the host and would build their confidence ahead of the tie.
Guardiola would be hoping to show his competent once again, having be rewarded with a contract extension due to his brilliant management of the team and the progressive rate of the team.
With no major injury concerns for the Citizens, only Nathan Make is out heading into the game. Raheem Sterling is expected back into the starting line up, having been omitted during the clash against the Spurs last weekend.
Burnley on the other hand have injury concerns with the likes of Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady, midfielder Dale Stephens and England international Jack Cork are all nursing injuries.
The host will be considered the favorite ahead of this game with Burnley not in impressive form to pose a threat to the Premier League giant.
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