Burnley boss Sean Dyche set to field weakened side against Manchester City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has admitted he plans to make a number of changes this weekend when the Clarets play Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round.

It is the second season in a row that the sides have met in the FA Cup, with City beating Burnley in the third round last season.

Despite their excellent form of late though, Burnley are still just three points above the Premier League drop zone and Dyche plans to prioritise the upcoming league games against Manchester United and Southampton.

There is unlikely to be a start for out-of-favour City hero Joe Hart, who moved to Turf Moor in the summer, with Nick Pope expected to be in the starting lineup.

And that won’t be the only change as Dyche confirmed today.

“There’s a big task for us this weekend, but there’s no lack of respect,” Dyche said.

“We will make changes, almost definitely. We’ve got a big week again next week, with three in a week, and we’re still searching for everyone to get fit.

“Some will play that need the game, but it’s not because a lack of respect, it’s the facts of modern football.”

Despite resting many of his first-team stars during the week, Pep Guardiola will also leave out a number of big names against Burnley, with Premier League games against Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea coming up before the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie with Schalke.

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