Burnley vs. Manchester City predicted XIs: Aguero a doubt for visitors

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after being substituted

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City make the trip to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.


Manchester City will look for a second successive away win in the Premier League as Pep Guardiola's men travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Saturday lunchtime.

After overcoming a tough spell in October - going without a win across the entire month in all competitions - The Citizens have now taken seven points from a possibly nine, beating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.

The victory was punctuated by Yaya Toure's double, as the Ivorian midfielder was recalled from the footballing wilderness following a dispute with his Spaniard boss and the players agent.

As City secure their berth into the last 16 of the Champions League in the new year, Guardiola's attentions now shift toward climbing to the league summit once more, with victory in Lancashire.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure celebrates scoring their second goal with team matesManchester City's Yaya Toure celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

The hosts will be looking to fire after being being trounced 4-0 by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Monday night. 

Sean Dyche's men continued their travel troubles, however at home, there is a different tale to be told. The Clarets have won four out of seven outings at Turf Moor this season, including a 2-0 win versus Liverpool. Burnley have also won their last two league games with home comforts in mind. 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche and Liverpool manager Juergen KloppBurnley manager Sean Dyche and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Their only defeats have come via single-goal losses to Swansea City on the opening day and to a disputed Laurent Koscielny winner in stoppage time versus Arsenal, in early October.

Manchester City have lost just once on the road this campaign and have scored in every away game, except that one defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov scores an own goal and the first for TottenhamManchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov scores an own goal and the first for Tottenham

The fixture's history has mainly been played out to the backdrop of the old Division One, however the two have met four times in the halls of Premier League battle.

Both have won and lost one, with the other two draws. Their most memorable clash came in November 2009 in a six goal thriller. On that occasion, a late Kevin McDonald leveller saw the The Clarets take away a point from the then City of Manchester Stadium.

The last time the duo met was in March 2015, when George Boyd earned Burnley a famous win versus Manuel Pellegrini's men.

If Pep Guardiola is to take away three points from Lancashire however, he may have to do so without star striker Kun Agüero, who picked up a knock versus Borussia Mönchengladbach and is a doubt.

For the first time this campaign, Sean Dyche has a fully-fit squad to choose from. After their West-Midlands humbling however, the Yorkshireman may elect to ring the changes.

Here is how Burnley could line up: 


As documented, the visitors are sweating on the fitness of Agüero, with Kelechi Iheanacho ready to deputise should the Argentine miss out.

With Ilkay Gundogan back in the fold this week, Yaya Toure may drop to the bench.

Guardiola will however be without captain Vincent Kompany, whose knee injury curse continue to show now signs of abating. Fabian Delph is also ruled out with a groin injury, but could return next weekend.

Here is how Manchester City could line up:


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