Manchester City will be looking to further cement runner-up spot in the Premier League (and delay Liverpool’s coronation of 2019/20 champions) when they welcome Burnley on Monday evening.
Is Mahrez moving up the pecking order?
Riyad Mahrez keeps his place on the wing rather than Raheem Sterling, and that’s a reflection of both of their performances against Arsenal. Even earlier this season it would be Mahrez dropping out, so maybe it’s a sign of him moving higher up in Pep Guardiola’s plans. With Leroy Sane set to move on, Mahrez knows there’s a starting XI place up for grabs in the long term – starting tonight.
Pep Guardiola’s men are six points clear of third place Leicester City with their hopes of winning a third successive title effectively over. However, after Liverpool’s draw against Everton on Sunday, a win against Burnley will mean the Reds cannot confirm the title in their own midweek fixture against Crystal Palace. It would also mean they are able to call themselves reigning champions for another week.
The match will also be one of Sky’s free-to-air matches following the restart with fans able to catch it on Sky One and Sky Pick.
Burnley, meanwhile, have an opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal in the championship table but it’s been 57 years since they won away to City.
Man City vs Burnley: Date and kick-off time
The Premier League tie will be held at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, June 22 and will kick-off at 8pm.
We’ve heard a few rumours that Phil Foden is in line for a start against Burnley too, and personally I hope he gets it. He looked good off the bench against Arsenal, reminding us all what he offers differently to other midfielders in the squad – partially, getting in the box to tap in second balls. It also looks like Phil has come on leaps and bounds physically since he broke into the senior squad and personally I don’t think his physicality is a valid excuse not to play him anymore.
City saw off Burnley 4-1 in the reverse fixture in December thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ double.
Pep Guardiola’s men also claimed a handsome 5-0 success over the Clarets at home last season.
Man City vs Burnley: TV channel and live stream
The game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 7:30pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.