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Manchester City vs. Burnley

City of Manchester Stadium (Eastlands)

Saturday 7th November 2009

3pm

Clarets to lick the City slick?

The Clarets are on the road again this Saturday and face a tough challenge against high-profile, high-spending Manchester City at Eastlands. Burnley are 10th in the table just three points behind Liverpool (should I repeat that?) Manchester City on the other hand are going out for broke this season to break the monopoly of the Big Four and so far they have been successful. They are indeed 4th with four points more than the Clarets with a game in hand. Of late though by their standards they have struggled with four consecutive draws in the league albeit punctured with an emphatic 5-1 tonking of Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup. They will be anxious for a win on Saturday against a side that has yet to get a point away from home. The Clarets will have to play on that anxiety and try and hold out as long as they can to frustrate them. The longer we can stop them scoring, the more their anxiety could affect them and the greater the chance we could nick something but whichever way you look at it, it`s going to be a big ask. Come on you Clarets!

Predicted Team Sheet

With no news of any further injuries and with no suspensions, it looks like the eighteen picks itself this Saturday with the same selection for the third game running. Owen Coyle is loyal to his squad if they are playing well and winning so we can expect the same line up as the one that beat Hull City 2-0 at Turf Moor last Saturday.

Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Eagles, Bikey, Elliott, Blake, Fletcher

Subs: Penny, Duff, Gudjonsson, McDonald, Guererro, Nugent, Thompson

Two of our players are returning to face their former club. Tyrone Mears started his professional career with City in 2001 but only made one appearance before signing for Preston in July 2002 for 200,000. Stephen Jordan, a City fan played for the club for seven years between 2000-2007 and made 51 appearances for the club before joining the Clarets in July 2007 after his contract at Eastlands expired.

Manchester City Team News:

City striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Kolo Toure look likely to return for tomorrow`s match (Oh thank you very much (Not!) Adebayor (ankle) and Toure (heel) missed City` goalless draw at Birmingham last Sunday due to injury but both have trained without any problems over the past few days.

Left-back Wayne Bridge (knee) and striker Roque Santa Cruz (ankle) though are doubtful. City manager Mark Hughes believes they have a 50:50 chance of being available. (Oh that old chestnut again, they will play!)

Player to watch: All of them obviously!

Manchester City have such depth in squad (and let`s face it they can afford it with all their millions sloshing about) so how do you select just one player to watch? It`s an impossible task with the likes of Adebayor, Tevez, Toure, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Barry and Bellamy at their disposal to name but just a few.

Burnley Team News:

Our only injuries are the long-term ones we all know about. Martin Paterson (torn cartilage), Chris McCann (medial ligament) and Jay Rodriguez (fractured foot) are all making progress but we are unlikely to see any of those in contention until Christmas or the early New Year.

Player to watch: Stephen Jordan

He will have something to prove against his former club and has been playing well for the Clarets recently in the back four. He will need to be on his guard at left-back though in this match and could be a key player in trying to frustrate City and deny them an opening goal.

Back to the Future

In our relegation season of 1975-76, the last time we were in the top flight before this season, we did pretty well against Manchester City. City rather like now contained a number of high-profile players in their side and could boast Joe Corrigan in goal with strikers, Colin Bell, Joe Royle and Rodney Marsh (captain) up front plus Asa Hartford and Peter Barnes on the flank. They also had defender Willie Donachie in the squad, a player of course who would eventually play for the Clarets in the eighties. Another player who would also play for the Clarets was right winger, Denis Tueart who had been signed from Sunderland in 1974.

Manchester City back then of course played at Maine Road and Tony Book, a former player and captain was their manager. On the Saturday 11th October 1975, Jimmy Adamson took his Clarets side to Maine Road with the team struggling in 17th spot and City placed 9th in the table. One player who was returning to Maine Road was City`s former idol and England international, Mike Summerbee. He had been signed by the Clarets in the close season and was facing his former club for the first time.

The game in front of a crowd of 35,003 finished up 0-0 and that was a very pleasing and creditable result considering the circumstances. The return game at Turf Moor took place on the Saturday 13th March 1976 and by then under new manager, Joe Brown we were in dire straits in 21st spot with relegation looking a certainty. 24239 fans up to see this clash and once more the game finished goalless.

The last time of course we played Manchester City in the league was in their promotion season from the Championship during 2001-2 and both games were not ones Clarets fans would like to remember. A 4-2 defeat for Stan Ternent`s team at Turf Moor in August 2001 was followed by a 5-1 tonking at their place over the Christmas period, a game which effectively led to the Clarets sliding down the table despite being in top spot before travelling to Maine Road. The Clarets would finish in an agonising 7th place losing out to Norwich in 6th and hence missing out on a play-offs place on goal difference, in fact by just one goal! We only needed one goal and yet had gifted City nine of them!

Ref Watch:

There is a debutant referee as far as the Clarets are concerned this Saturday. Stuart Attwell has never been involved with a Burnley game before but will get his first chance at Eastlands. The Nuneaton referee is probably best remembered for allowing a phantom goal to stand in the Watford v Reading clash last season. He is a Premier League referee but has only refereed a handful of top flight games to date.

Match Prediction:

My heart is ruling my head again. The odds are stacked against us, nobody expects us to win. If we don`t win, I just pray it`s only by the odd goal or so rather than the thumping`s of late against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs. Oh stuff it 1-1!

Next Match

Well it`s another of them blessed international breaks after the City game and we won`t be back in action until the 21st November when we play 7th placed Aston Villa at Turf Moor (3pm KO). Boy, life in the Premier League doesn`t get any easier does it?




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 6 2009

Time: 10:48AM

Your Comments

Well it would be nice to go to an away game and not have to run the gauntlet of cynical,s*******ing taunts from home fans on the way back for once this season! Come on lads! Up the Clarets!
turfmanphil
I will take the same result as in 75, a boring 0-0 draw a clean sheet on the road and our first point. Thank you very much!!
sheclaret
PS forgot to mention I think Adebayor needs another week to recover and I think Tevez is due a dose of Swine Flu!!
sheclaret
not gonna happen u basterds are gonna get hammered
aadil4rovers
Don't think we'll hammer the Clarets, but I'm confident of getting the win. Doubt we'll keep a clean sheet though - Ex City players ALWAYS score against us so expect one of either Jordan or Mears to pop up with an (Unlikely) goal. 2-1 City.
fifthcolumnblue
At least Robinho won't be involved despite resuming light training this week.
turfmanphil
This sums up our chances realistically, but if we do get owt it shows what a massive result it is! City's summer spending spree took the estimated annual wage bill at Eastlands past the 100m mark - more than five times Burnley's budget, which is reportedly under 20m, the lowest in the top flight.
turfmanphil
Judging by their emotional comments made here, the City fans are clearly worried.
Couch Potato
all the pressure is on City to win
Grimsby Claret
Aye, I think all we have to do is try and hold them for at least 20-30 mins and their frustrations could then kick in and anxiety grow. But it's a big,big ask to get owt from this one
turfmanphil
Spot on Grimsby - If their is only a goal in it when we enter the last 20 - it could get interesting.
Claretdale
Wish the game was being played on Easter Monday. We might have a chance of coming back from the dead.
jjokocha
The Clarets unchanged then, here are the line-ups: Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Jordan, Carlisle, Caldwell, Alexander, Bikey, Eagles, Elliott, Blake, Fletcher. Substitutes: Penny, Duff, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Nugent, Thompson, Guerrero. Manchester City: Given, Bridge, Zabaleta, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Barry, Lescott, Adebayor, Toure, Tevez, Bellamy. Substitutes: Richards, Johnson, Santa Cruz, Petrov, de Jong, Weiss, Taylor.
8clarets8
Half-time it is only 2-1 to Burnley Alexander and Fletcher for Burnley, Wright-Phillips for City deflected goal i add!! Come on you Clarets!!
8clarets8
Fantastic though we should have had it Man City 3-3 Burnley our first Away points get in there!! made up
8clarets8
Well played, on the first half performance you derserved to win, we were dreadful and although you collapsed a bit in the second half, you came up with a another goal refusing to lie down. Play like this all season and you will be still with us next. best of luck for the rest of the season.
Buzz Lightyear
Cheers Buzz yep if we had carried our first-half into the second-half we may have won but we still got a result against millionaires! we will still be there ;-)
8clarets8
So Citys first was a deflection off Jordan, how many goals have gone in off him? poor lad I think he must have the record of own goals, is it a case of wrong place wrong time.
sheclaret
I don't about anybody else but i feel a bit gutted that they got back in after we went 2-0 up. But that said before the game i would have taken a draw. I think Sheclaret that Jordan trys to get a block in but hits him on the side & wrong foots the Beast.
ruane
Not entirely undeserved, so well played Clarets. Just don't get carried away!
fifthcolumnblue
Think you are prob right about Jordan ruane, must admit I felt a bit gutted having been 2 -0 up, but like you i'd of took a draw before the game infact I'd of snapped their hand off for it.
sheclaret
The referee I am afraid was a young novice who I believe they are trying to fast track for some reason. How on earth he could award a free kick to us then change his mind and give it to them from which they scored is beyond me. Very poor and he should be sent back to school. Match report will go up tomorrow together with a link for the one I have done for Maxim
turfmanphil
Good game fellas, you played well!
JT_daniel
Showed great fighting spirit - a well deserved point. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Thaibluefan
Cheers lads! Had some good banter with City fans after the game and had a great day in Manchester. Good luck City and here's to Burnley completing the job at Turf Moor in April! ;-)
turfmanphil
Thanks City fans nice to see the right kind of banter and compliaments instead moaning and groaning.
sheclaret
 

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