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Manchester City vs Burnley (Premier League): Match Preview, Team News, Head to Head, How to Watch



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Manchester City return to Premier League action on Wednesday night, as they welcome Vincent Kompany’s Burnley to the Etihad Stadium.

Midweek action follows an all-timer FA Cup upset, as the Treble winners, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup holders scored from close range to earn a narrow victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Elsewhere, sixth division side Maidstone defeated Championship high-flyers Ipswich.

Last time out in the Premier League, Manchester City also managed a late winner courtesy of Norwegian talent Oscar Bobb, who showed expert levels of composure to claim all three points away at Newcastle United earlier in the month.

The drama has not stayed on the pitch at the club this month either, with club captain Kyle Walker involved in more off the pitch antics, while Chief Operations Officer Omar Berrada shockingly departed to rivals Manchester United to take up the CEO role at Old Trafford.

Wednesday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium has a more calming feel to it however, with club legend Vincent Kompany returning to a place he once called home, bringing a Burnley side desperate for points in their ongoing relegation battle.

The sentiment will undoubtedly be left off the pitch, with Pep Guardiola heavy in his pursuit to reclaim the titles won last season, as the blues find themselves in familiar territory, during their current winter run.

Burnley will be no easy feat, despite the dreadful statistical reading in recent years for the visitors. With that being said, here is all the key information you need to know ahead of our clash with Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday!

Fixture Details

Manchester City host Burnley in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 31st January, with kick-off scheduled for 19:30 (UK).

Team News

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that the hosts have a full side in training for the first time in a while, with Manuel Akanji returning from injury sustained against Huddersfield and feeling “no pain” in his knee anymore.

Erling Haaland has also been training consecutively over the past week, with Pep Guardiola confirming the Norwegian superstar will return to the matchday squad on Wednesday.

As for Vincent Kompany’s side and Burnley will be without Luca Koleosho, who will be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. The visitors will also be missing Jordan Beyer and possibly Charlie Taylor, who is nursing a shoulder injury and is a doubt for this one.

Head to Head

Turn away Burnley fans, because it reads for bleak viewing as far as the visitors are concerned.

The last clash at the Etihad Stadium between the pair ended in a 6-0 victory for Manchester City back in March 2023, with Erling Haaland scoring a hat-trick, which was his eighth goal in five days. Yes, you read that correctly.

Manchester City have netted 28 goals in the last eight meetings between the clubs, while Burnley have failed to find the back of the net once.

Burnley have also only won one of the last 31 meetings between the clubs, with a George Boyd strike at Turf Moor the only victory over Manchester City in nearly 40 years.

The returning Erling Haaland has five goals in his two matches against Burnley, which is more goals than the away side have scored in the last 15 encounters between the two clubs.


  • Manchester City have won 16 of their last 17 meetings with Burnley in all competitions (D1), winning the last 12 in a row by an aggregate score of 43-1.
  • Burnley are winless in 16 top-flight away games against Manchester City (D5, L11) since a 5-2 victory in March 1963.
  • Since the start of the 2017/18 season, no side has won more Premier League away games against the reigning Champions than Burnley (2), with the Clarets winning at Chelsea (August 2017) and Liverpool (January 2021) in that time.
  • Manchester City have won 15 of their last 16 Premier League games against newly promoted clubs (D1) since a 1-2 defeat to Leeds in April 2021. That Leeds defeat is their only loss in their last 49 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W43, D5).
  • Since losing 1-0 against Tottenham in May 2010, Manchester City are unbeaten in 29 Premier League home games played on Wednesdays (W25, D4), winning each of the last 18 in a row.

How to watch

Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch Manchester City vs Burnley live on TNT Sports 3, with radio commentary also available on BBC Radio Manchester.

Residents in the United States can watch the game live on Paramount+.

For full global TV channel listings for the Premier League clash on Wednesday night, head over to livesoccertv here.

City Xtra will also have live coverage of the game across our X, Facebook, and Instagram, with our live WatchAlong show available on our official YouTube channel from 7:00PM (UK) – subscribe and turn notifications on!