Man City v Burnley
Saturday, Jan 06 – 15:00pm
Man City rebounded from their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace by beating Watford 3-1 on Tuesday. The Citizens did not lose a single game in 2017 – winning all 30 of their matches at the Etihad Stadium, and considering the squad depth they have at the moment, Pep Guardiola has a fantastic chance of winning his fifth domestic trophy as a manager. City do have a few notable injuries however. Captain Vincent Kompany is a doubt for tomorrow’s FA Cup fixture, and youngster Phil Foden is also expected to remain on the sidelines, having picked up an ankle injury.
Burnley began 2018 with a 2-1 loss to Liverpool on New Year’s Day, with Ragnar Klavan scoring a last minute winner for the Reds. The Clarets experienced a rough spell over the festive period, and manager Sean Dyche has hinted that he may rotate his squad tomorrow in order to focus on Burnley’s Premier League ambitions. Burnley are expected to be without Stephen Ward, Chris Wood, Robbie Brady, and Tom Heaton, with Scott Arfield a doubt, having picked up a hamstring injury against Liverpool.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Burnley and Man City have met on three occasions in the FA Cup, with City winning two of those matches. They last met in the 3rd Round back in the 1990/91 season.
- The Citizens have won each of their last five third round matches in the FA Cup – beating West Ham last season (5-0), and Norwich City in 2015/16 (3-0).
- Burnley have been forced to play away from home in 12 of their last 16 FA Cup draws – winning just three of those matches on the road (D3 L5).
- Man City have tasted victory in eight of their last 11 matches in the FA Cup against top-flight opponents (L3) – they lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the semi-finals last season.
Conceding a last minute goal to Liverpool will have completely knocked Burnley’s confidence. Defensively, the Clarets’ have been excellent this season, and seeing them slip at the final hurdle was a rarity – they’ll have to be at their absolute best tomorrow. Both managers are likely to heavily rotate their squads, and with the depth that City have at the moment, they should have no problems progressing to the next round. They’re probably favourites to win every competition this season.