Manchester City will be looking to get their Premier League title challenge back on track when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor.
The visitors stumbled to a disappointing 2-2 draw with Newcastle at the weekend to fall 11 points behind Liverpool at the top of the table.
They visit a Burnley side who saw their good recent run of form come to an end at the weekend, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.The Clarets have been one of the surprise packages in the league this season, and will be hopeful of springing an upset when they host the reigning champions.
So what better way to prepare for kick off than sinking your teeth into some pre-match statistics? We thought you’d agree, so courtesy of Opta, here’s 90min’s key stats and facts pack to amuse you…
The Champions Are a Tough Nut to Crack…
Burnley’s recent record against Manchester City leaves much to be desired, suggesting it will be a difficult evening for the hosts.
Of their last 10 meetings, Burnley have won just the one game, which was a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor, all the way back in March 2015.
City have walked away with all three points on six occasions during that time, sharing the spoils in the remaining three fixtures.
…But They Do Lack Consistency at Turf Moor
Even though City have the better recent record, they do struggle for consistency in Lancashire -and that’s highlighted by a rather surprising stat.
Should they secure all three points, it will be the first time they won back-to-back fixtures at Turf Moor since 1968; a whopping 51 years ago. Pep’s side do like breaking records, though, so now would be a good time to get the jon done..
Burnley Love an Upset
Since promotion to the Premier League, Burnley have beaten the reigning Premier League champions three times in five.
Only Manchester United, with a win ratio of 64%, have a higher success rate against the defending champs, putting Burnley in pretty esteemed company.
Sean Dyche is sure to be aware of it, too..
History Suggest it’s Win Or Lose
If there’s one thing that Burnley don’t like, it’s a share of the spoils.
In fact, in their last 14 games at Turf Moor, the Clarets have won seven times and lost seven times – a run of form that some would call ‘inconsistent’.
Still, at least their is no fence sitting nonsense..
Aguero a Big Miss for Visitors
Since they were last promoted to the Premier League in 2016, Manchester City have emerged victorious over Burnley five times.
On each of those occasions, talismanic striker Sergio Aguero has netted for the Citizens, but he won’t be doing so on this occasion. The Argentine is out injured, meaning Gabriel Jesus will lead the line for Pep’s boys.
Can he have the same impact?
City’s Defence Appears to Have Sprung a Leak
Defensive stability has been one of the founding principles of Manchester City’s recent success, alongside a ruthless zest for goalscoring.
However, this season has been a different story – with the champions conceding at least two goals in their last two away games. Were they do so again against Burnley, it would be the first time since April 2011 that City have been breached twice or more in three consecutive matches.
Food for thought for Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, as well as Fernandinho and co..