Manchester City predicted XI v Burnley

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Before Manchester City attempt to salvage their Champions League dreams in Barcelona next week they'll find themselves in very different surroundings when they visit Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Manuel Pellegrini's team are currently five points behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand, meaning a trip to Turf Moor must take immediate priority ahead of a night under the lights at the Nou Camp.

The City boss will have a number of key decisions to make following a 2-0 win over Leicester in their last outing, most notably whether or not to recall captain Vincent Kompany.


The Belgian defender lost his place in the starting line up after a lacklustre display in the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool, a game in which he reportedly had a half-time bust-up with teammate Fernandinho.

Kompany wasn't the only City star dropped following the Anfield defeat, with fellow defender Pablo Zabaleta joining him on the bench alongside Edin Dzeko while midfielders Fernandinho and Samir Nasri were omitted from the 18-man squad altogether.

Fernandinho has since insisted his absence was enforced through injury and illness, while Pellegrini put the other absentees down to the need to refresh his squad during a hectic fixture list.

Kompany to be recalled?

All five men should be back in contention come Saturday, but it's Kompany's place in the team that will cause the most debate.

The City skipper has had a below par season to date but has kept his place throughout the majority of the campaign as Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala have struggled to prove themselves as capable deputies.

Demichelis has, however, done enough this season to earn himself a new one-year contract and having kept a clean sheet last time out both he and Mangala would consider themselves unlucky to be left out at Burnley.

Elsewhere in defence, Bacary Sagna done little to suggest he should give way to Zabaleta on the right while neither Aleksandar Kolarov or Gael Clichy have managed to nail down the leftback position.

Midfield men

With Yaya Toure, Fernando, James Milner and Frank Lampard all vying for a place in central midfield, a return to the starting 11 seems unlikely for Fernandinho.

Expect Toure and Fernando to continue to partner up, meaning Fernandinho could well be watching on from the stands again.

Out wide, Nasri will need to convince Pellegrini he should replace Jesus Navas on the right with David Silva a gauranteed starter on the left after he netted his tenth Premier League goal of the season against Leicester.

Bony yet to score

Given only one team have conceded more Premier League goals than Burnley in the current campaign, Wilfried Bony will be desperate to retain his starting place alongside Sergio Aguero as he continues to search for a first City goal since a January move from Swansea.

That could mean a second consecutive game on the bench for Dzeko who was unlucky to be dropped for the visit of Leicester having scored City's goal in the defeat at Anfield.

One man who almost certainly will not get a chance is forgotten man Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegro striker has been out the picture since being omitted from City's Champions League squad and it appears his future lies away from the Etihad Stadium.

Predicted line-up

Hart; Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov; Navas, Fernado, Toure, Silva; Bony, Aguero

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