Burnley will play hosts to Manchester City at the Turf Moor on Tuesday night hoping to cause an upset in front of their home supporters. The Citizens are currently trailing the European champions, Liverpool by 11 points, so they will be desperate to win when they visit the Lancashire side in midweek. The Clarets will come into this clash at the back of a 2-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace last weekend.
Sean Dyche will set his side up in a 4-4-2 formation with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes expected to lead the line in midweek.
4-4-2 Burnley Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester City
Nick Pope will start in between the sticks for the Clarets despite conceding two goals versus the Eagles last weekend. The defensive duo of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski will operate at the heart of the Burnley defence hoping to keep things stable at the back against the Citizens in midweek. Tarkowski has been enjoying a rich vein of form for Burnley in recent weeks so he will look to continue to perform well for his team tomorrow night.
Phil Bardsley could get the nod to start in the right-back position. He will look to defend deep while against Man City’s Raheem Sterling out on the wide areas. Erik Pieters might get another opportunity to impress as the left-back.
Charlie Taylor is a major doubt for this clash and is unlikely to be ready in time to feature on Tuesday night. However, Ben Gibson is expected to be a part of Dyche’s bench for this encounter against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Burnley will opt to play Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork as the anchormen in midfield while Dwight McNeil and Jeff Hendrick focus on providing width out on the flanks. The midfield four would have to work hard in taking care of the ball and provide adequate cover for the defenders at the back.
Dyche will also have Aaron Lennon and Danny Drinkwater available on the bench. The duo might come to make an impact in the game if required.
It is expected that Ashley Barnes will once again play alongside Chris Wood up top. The dominant pair will have to find a way to take advantage of a fragile Man City defence that has conceded 16 goals in 14 league matches this season.