Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: 6 January 2018
Referee: Graham Scott
Kick off: 15:00
UK TV: Not on TV
Manchester City’s FA Cup campaign gets underway on Saturday when they take on Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium.
Burnley have been the surprise package domestically this season currently seventh and just eight points away from European football while City have been blowing the Premier League away as they sit top of the table with a 15-point gap between themselves and Manchester United.
However, as always with cup football, anything can happen and it should be a hotly contested game at the Etihad.
City reached the semi-finals last year where they were beaten by Arsenal 2-1 in extra time after an Alexis Sanchez winner while Burnley were beaten in the fifth round 1-0.
City are current favourite to win FA cup at 888Sport, but must overcome Premier League opposition to start.
Burnley have an ever-growing injury list with Scott Arfield the latest to become part of that list with a hamstring injury. Tom Heaton and Robbie Brady are still tackling long term injuries while Chris Wood and Stephen Ward are slowly returning back to fitness.
City will be without Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden for this FA Cup tie. Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya has confirmed that David Silva is now available to play. Kyle Walker will be assessed ahead of the game.
Burnley have been an impressive side this season and the main reason has been manager Sean Dyche and his defence.
The Clarets have only conceded 19 goals this season and they kicked off their season in style with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
There has been no stand out player for Burnley as their impressive league campaign has been a team effort so expect a well drilled side at the Etihad.
They look certain to stay in the Premier League, but, Dyche has said there will be changes made to the side after what has been a hectic festive period, but, it would be naïve of Burnley to not put a cup run together.
There will be changes in the team after a 3-1 win against Watford on Tuesday, but, City’s bench would be a good enough starting eleven.
The result of this match however, will depend on what Burnley team lines up and it will most likely be a second-string side, so City will win convincingly 3-0.