Man City vs Burnley
HART, ZABALETA, KOMPANY, DEMICHELIS, ZABALETA, TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS, SILVA, NASRI, DZEKO
VOKES, INGS, ARFIELD, JONES, MARNEY, BOYD, MEE, SHACKELL, KERANE, TRIPPIER, HEATON
On Boxing Day, City won 3-0 in the snow at West Bromwich Albion. That was City's ninth win in a row in all competitions, their best sequence of victories since October and November 2011 when they won nine in a row. A tenth would represent City's best run of victories since World War Two.
City's owed this latest
success to first-half strikes from Fernando, a Yaya Toure penalty and a third from David Silva.
Burnley, meanwhile, lost 1-0 at home to Liverpool on Boxing Day. At least Sam Vokes featured for the first time this season, as a late substitute, and could get his first start after recovering from injury.
The last four league meetings between these teams have produced at least six goals per game and a total of 25. The only two Barclays Premier League clashes, in the 2009-10 campaign, ended in a 3-3 draw at the Etihad Stadium, where the Clarets led 2-0 then stole a draw with a late equaliser. But at Turf Moor, City won 6-1.
And in 2001-02, in the First Division, City won 4-2 at Turf Moor and 5-1 at the old Maine Road.
Indeed, Burnley last won at City in March 1963 and, in 11 subsequent visits, the Clarets have drawn five, lost six, scored just nine goals, and conceded 29.
And they face a City side with six wins and a draw from eight home games while Burnley have one away win from eight games on the road with just five goals scored away from Turf Moor.