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Manchester City v Burnley - 3pm Sat 6th Jan - FA Cup Preview and Match Day Thread
04 January 2018 21:48 Post ID: #615346
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Pep and his squad face off against Burnley in the 3rd round of the FA Cup this weekend with Sean Dyche and his players eager to bloody the nose of the league leaders and avenge the 3-0 defeat they suffered at the Etihad back in October.

Overall record - City p96 W43 D24 L29

Burnley - a club with history.

Proud founder members of the Football League, Burnley Football Club began life as a rugby club. 
However, 'Burnley Rovers' soon switched codes and became Burnley Football Club in 1882. They moved to their Turf Moor home shortly afterwards, at the invitation of the town's cricket club, which is still uniquely situated next to the stadium. The first honour was a Second Division title in 1897-98 and the club's improved fortunes were finally reflected in an FA Cup triumph in 1914, with a 1-0 win against Liverpool coming just months before the outbreak of the Great War.

Following the War, the Clarets continued to make their mark on the domestic game and in the 1920-21 season the team enjoyed a remarkable unbeaten run of 30 league matches as they led the club to an inaugural First Division title, having been runners-up the previous season.
That magnificent league record stood for over 80 years, until being battered by Arsenal in the 2003/04 season. 

During the late 1950's and early 1960's the claret and blue of Burnley had become the most feared colours in the domestic game and, following several near misses, the First Division title again came the club's way on the very last day of the 1959-1960 season at Manchester City.

The club endured numerous promotions and relegations in the following decades and avoided dropping out of the Football League altogether on the last day of the 1986/87 season when they defeated Leyton Orient 2-1 at Turf Moor. The 1990s saw an up turn in Burnley’s fortunes and then a return to the top flight of English football in 2009 when they defeated Sheffield United in the Play-Off final. After a brief return to the Championship and the installation of Sean Dyche as manager in October 2012 Burnley were promoted to the Premier League in 2016 as champions.

Famous Burnley players -

Jimmy Adamson
Jimmy McIlroy
Tommy Boyle
George Halley
Harry Potts

Celebrity Burnley fans -

John Kettley - TV weather presenter
Alistair Campbell - Journalist/broadcaster, Labour ‘spin doctor’
James Anderson - English cricketer
Prince Charles - heir to the British Crown
Tony Livesey - BBC Radio 5Live presenter

Preview

Rotation will be the name of the game for Pep Guardiola. He will be seeking to deal with the effects of injuries courtesy of the leniency of officials shown towards City’s opponents in recent weeks whilst minimising the effects of fatigue on his senior players as they gear up for the return of the Champions League next month.

Pep will surely look to the EDS and a mixture of the old and the new senior players as he seeks success in the first to two cup ties the team face this week.

I anticipate cries of “Disrespecting the Cup” to ring loud and clear should Pep give starts to Adarabioyo, Zinchenko and Brahim Diaz as well as further opportunities to some of those who turned out against Leicester in the quarter final of the League Cup last month. Tom Dele-Bashiru, Lukas Nmecha, Demeaco Duheney may well feature alongside the vastly experienced Yaya Toure holding things together in the midfield with Claudio Bravo in goal. The fact that Tosin, Oleksandr and Brahim are all members of the senior squad will probably pass by those making most noise in the media. Strange isn’t it? The rags drop in young wunderkind Rashnaldo into their team and are hailed as ‘developing the future of English football’, the City manager will offer chances to young players and get taken out at the knees. Just ask Manuel Pellegrini.

Oh well. You can’t win them all despite trying and try Pep will as he well knows the value of momentum and the benefit that success in a domestic cup can bring. However he also knows that he has other competitions to take his attention and if anyone were to be genuinely honest when they were posed the question - “so how would YOU ranks the Premier League, the Champions League, The FA Cup and the League Cup in order of importance” - they would have to admit that if you seriously had a chance in all four, then the FA Cup would not trump the first two. But we can expect the usual cries of “look at the SIZE of their squad” (despite all PL sides being the same size) and the old faithful fallback “but given the amount of money they’ve spent”…..whilst ignoring the injuries to key members of that same squad and the need to balance your resources across all four competitions.

Sean Dyche is currently the darling of the media with his quips about his son and his gruff northern humour. Salt of the earth. He has done well with his Burnley side belying the claims of many that you have to spend millions to succeed in the Premier League. Their form hasn’t been outstanding of late. Since defeating Stoke in mid-December they had drawn 3 and lost one before they faced free scoring Liverpool on New Year’s Day when they suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat with the deciding goal coming for Liverpool deep into added time.

Man City v Burnley last six all comps - City W4 D1 L1 GF15 GA6

Team News

City will be without G Jesus, Foden and of course Mendy. Kompany may be fit (who knows) but I doubt Pep will risk De Bruyne as he recovers from Puncheon’s assault last weekend. David Silva may also be absent given his domestic situation.

Burnley will be missing Tom Heaton in goal & Robbie Brady. Late fitness tests may determine whether Ward, Tarkowski and Chris Wood are able to feature.

Predicted XI

Bravo

Danilo, Adarabioyo, Mangala, Zinchenko

Diaz, Toure, Gundogan

B Silva, Aguero, Sane

Subs

Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Delph, Dele-Basiru, Nmecha, Sterling

Officials -

Referee - Graham Scott
Assistants - Simon Bennett; Shaun Hudson
Fourth Official - Andy Haines

Burnley will be up for this challenge in a game which has delivered 15 goals in total in the last 5 meetings. City’s 3-0 victory in the league match in October was the first time they had scared more than 2 against Burnley since the 1-6 drubbing meted out at Turf Moor in April 2010. In fact there have been more cards than goals in the last six meetings - with the count being 14 yellows for City vs 11 for the Clarets and City in the shape of Fernandinho earning the only red card.

Who will be ‘Up For the Cup’?

Come On City!!!
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04 January 2018 21:58 Post ID: #615349 - in reply to #615346
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I will be, because I'm going

Again, I think that line up won't be far off the mark, as I think we'll go strong against Bristol City for the first leg.
Walker must be a doubt with his knock (groin strain?)
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04 January 2018 22:16 Post ID: #615350 - in reply to #615346
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Good point about Walker - my stream failed at the end of the Watford game so missed that and forgot all about it
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05 January 2018 06:54 Post ID: #615351 - in reply to #615350
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Skoorb - 4/1/2018 22:16

Good point about Walker - my stream failed at the end of the Watford game so missed that and forgot all about it


Physioroom have him a "major doubt". I hope with rest and treatment he'll be available for the dippers.


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05 January 2018 07:14 Post ID: #615352 - in reply to #615346
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Living proof of Pep’s contention about the impact of so many games in such a condensed period of time.

One of the reasons for the packed schedule this year has been the need to fit in an extra round of games due to the World Cup to conclude the season a week earlier. Surely it would make more sense to ditch one of the pointless “International friendly” weeks but fat chance getting FIFA to agree to that.

In the meantime check out the injury frequency increase in December.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42556968
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05 January 2018 07:27 Post ID: #615353 - in reply to #615352
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Looking at a solution and much as I've enjoyed our league cup campaigns, I would leave this competition strictly for the football league teams, in other words, no premier league involvement.



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05 January 2018 14:50 Post ID: #615355 - in reply to #615346
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From the OS...

Pep Guardiola promised to play the strongest team possible against Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday.

However, the City boss admitted he has a depleted squad, with Vincent Kompany, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden all out injured.

Guardiola also says there is uncertainty over whether David Silva will play against Sean Dyche’s side. The Spaniard has been offered compassionate leave at his own discretion after the premature birth of his baby boy.

“Vincent is not available,” he said. “Gabriel is not available, Mendy is not available, Phil Foden is not.

https://www.mancity.com/news/first-team/first-team-news/2018/january...

Kyle Walker faces a fitness test after sustaining a groin strain against Watford
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05 January 2018 15:04 Post ID: #615356 - in reply to #615355
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Silva is apparently back in Valencia, won't be available to play tomorrow.
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05 January 2018 17:48 Post ID: #615360 - in reply to #615346
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I'd quite like to see Nmecha given a starting berth up front in place of Aguero.

A midfield triumvirate of Gundogan and B.Silva either side of the experienced Mr Kipling ought to pose their opposite numbers questions they have difficulties in answering.

Diaz up front on one of the wings?

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05 January 2018 18:06 Post ID: #615362 - in reply to #615360
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Buzz's probable


Bravo

Danilo, Stones, Mangala, Zinchenko

Diaz, Toure, Gundogan

B Silva, Aguero, Sane

Subs

Ederson, Otamendi, Tosin, Delph, Dele-Basiru, Nmecha, Sterling


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05 January 2018 18:10 Post ID: #615363 - in reply to #615346
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I would play Stones, if only to get some minutes into his legs before a crucial game next weekend with Liverpool, I am not sure he will risk Walker, having such an able player in Danilo, but we do need Sergio to get his shoot boots on.
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05 January 2018 18:44 Post ID: #615365 - in reply to #615346
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05 January 2018 19:24 Post ID: #615366 - in reply to #615346
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Sounds like good news for the guy if he has returned - presumably Mateo is making good progress which would be wonderful.

Perhaps a place on the bench for El Mago
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05 January 2018 20:35 Post ID: #615367 - in reply to #615366
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^ That was my first thought.
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06 January 2018 07:46 Post ID: #615380 - in reply to #615346
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and mine, because Pep is right and the Club have done the right thing here in supporting David and his family.





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06 January 2018 08:21 Post ID: #615381 - in reply to #615346
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The media have shown significant restraint in not engaging in speculation during this difficult time for Silva and his family - I can only suspect that the club ensured that they were well briefed regarding the serious nature of the situation and they have respected the wishes of the family and the club. For that they have my thanks.

I hope that David's return to the UK is a good sign of young Mateo's progress.
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06 January 2018 09:09 Post ID: #615385 - in reply to #615346
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Skoorb;-
Do we think that Sean Dyche and his Merry Men will have taken note of the recent leniency of officials towards poor fouls on City players? Will he send out his Dogs of War to ensure they put in some 'robust' tackles this afternoon?


Buzz
Given the fact that they are almost certainly safe from relegation, they would want to win a trophy and their best bet for that would be the FA Cup, but Dyche did make a meal of how Bernardo went down, I am sure if he looks at it again if you get your foot trapped and twisted under someone then it hurts, their assassin George Doings(can't remember his name that is how famous he will ever be) has move on, but they still have some tasty tacklers, the thing is we still have a team to beat them, my worry is that Yaya is now too slow God love him, but I hope he scores, but not first.
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