Dias and Stones are rumoured injury doubts ahead of trip to Turf Moor
Burnley vs Manchester City
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 8.00pm, Friday 11th August 2023
Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley
Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: S Bennett, S Meredith Fourth Official: G Scott VAR: M Oliver
Odds: Burnley 7/1, Draw 4/1, Man City 1/3
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Vincent Kompany
Squad (from): Trafford, Franchi, Vigouroux, Muric, O'Shea, Taylor, Egan-Riley, Roberts, Ekdal, da Silva, Al Dakhil, Beyer, Dodgson, Cork, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Twine, Cullen, Bastien, Redmond, Berge, Rodriguez, Foster, Manuel, Zaroury, Churlinov, Costellow, Agyei
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Gvardiol. Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Kovacic, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gomez, Silva, Perrone, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez
Doubtful: Dias, Stones
£78m signing Josko Gvardiol and Nathan Ake and both available for the trip to Turf Moor to face newly promoted Burnley. There are, however, doubts over the fitness of Ruben Dias and John Stones after unconfirmed reports of training ground injuries for the defensive duo.
Burnley, managed by City legend Vincent Kompany, will be full of confidence ahead of the game after winning the Championship in impressive style, and Pep Guardiola is anticipating a tough challange.
“Normally, the first games are difficult,” he said at Thursday's press conference.
“Especially against newly-promoted teams because they have nothing to lose, they have the energy and the dream for a good season.
“Vinny knows us well and has done an incredible job, changing the way Burnley played for the last few years with Sean Dyche.
“He destroyed the Championship, since day one it was win, win, win and it’s so difficult in this competition - he’s done an incredible job.
“So with the style from Vinny, it will be a tough game, especially at the beginning, it’s so difficult.
“You sometimes need time to reset, but we have to come back the way we were. It’s a question of time.”
City won their last game against at Turf Moor 2-0, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Overall City have won 55 of the 110 games played against the Clarets, with 25 draws and 30 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Gvardiol, Ake, Rodri, Kovacic, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Haaland
Score prediction: Burnley 1 City 2