Manchester City will look to kick-start their season against Burnley this weekend, after enduring an indifferent start to their Premier League campaign.
City have made their worst start Premier League start in 11 years, when Mark Hughes was ultimately sacked as manager. Pep Guardiola’s fortunes have been somewhat different, having recently signed a new contract extension with the club, but their Premier League title ambitions will take another huge dent if they fail to beat the Clarets this weekend.
Fortunately for City, they have won their last six games against Burnley to an aggregate scoreline of 23-1. But, astonishingly, Guardiola’s side is currently struggling to score goals. With just five goals in their last six Premier League games, the likes of Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Ham have all outscored Man City in recent weeks.
Burnley’s current Premier League form may also be a concern for City. The Clarets endured a difficult start to the season, but have since kept two clean sheets and won against Crystal Palace last time out.
Manchester City’s goalscoring woes could well be remedied by the return of Sergio Aguero this weekend. The Argentina forward returned to action from the bench against Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League this week, and goes into this game with nine goals in nine games against The Clarets.
It would be no surprise to see Aguero pay tribute to the late Diego Maradona, the grandfather of Aguero’s son Benjamin, by getting on the scoresheet against Sean Dyche’s side this Saturday.