Burnley could hand debuts to summer signings such as James Trafford, Zeki Amdouni, Sander Berge and Dara O’Shea. Michael Obafemi, who has joined after a loan spell at Turf Moor last season, is ruled out with a hamstring issue. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Croatia centre-back Josko Gvardiol is available for his first appearance after joining from RB Leipzig for £77m. Fellow defender Nathan Ake is fit despite missing the Community Shield against Arsenal with a minor injury. Midfielder Mateo Kovacic could make his league debut for City after moving from Chelsea in June for an initial £25m. Burnley have won one of their last 23 league matches against Manchester City (D6, L16), losing each of the last eight by an aggregate score of 26-1.
City have claimed 11 consecutive victories versus the Clarets in all competitions, scoring 40 goals and conceding one.
Burnley have won their opening game in two of their eight Premier League seasons (D1, L5), winning 3-2 at Chelsea in 2017 and 3-0 at home to Southampton in 2019. The Clarets’ only home league loss last season (W16, D6) was a 2-1 defeat by QPR in April, which came after they had secured promotion. However, they have lost five of their last eight top-flight matches at Turf Moor.
Burnley have failed to score a goal in the three Premier League matches they have played on a Friday (D1, L2). They have not received a red card in any of their 152 Premier League home matches. Vincent Kompany will become the first Belgian to manage in the Premier League. No Burnley boss has won their first match in the competition with the Clarets. The 2023-24 edition of the Premier League kicks off with its first round of matches this week as Burnley lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in an important clash at Turf Moor on Friday. Manchester City made history by winning the treble last season and have been exceptional under Pep Guardiola in recent years. The reigning Premier League champions suffered a defeat on penalties in the FA Community Shield game against Arsenal in their previous game and will need to bounce back this week. Burnley dominated the Championship last season and will look to begin their Premier League campaign on a positive note. The newly-promoted outfit played out a 1-1 draw against Real Betis last week and will look to take it up a notch in this fixture.
Manchester City have an excellent record against Burnley and have won 55 out of the 110 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Burnley’s 30 victories.Burnley have won only one of their last 23 matches against Manchester City in the Premier League and have lost their last eight such games, conceding 26 goals in the process.Manchester City have won their last 11 matches against Burnley in all competitions and have scored 40 goals during this period, conceding only one goal in the process.Burnley have won only two opening games in their last eight Premier League seasons, with their previous such victory coming by a 3-0 scoreline against Southampton in 2019.Manchester City have won the opening game of the season in 12 of their last 14 Premier League campaigns, with both their winless games of this nature coming against Tottenham Hotspur.