Today is another wonderful match day for the Manchester City and Burnley as fans watch from their homes due to social distancing issues following the current Covid-19 pandemic going on around the world, Matches have already kicked-off and much is expected from the players today as they hit the  football pitch.

Below is the roll out of Matches, stats and Highlights for the players from their different teams

Machester City Lineups:

Manchester City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden, Rodri, Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Bernardo Silva.~
Subs: Walker, Sterling, Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Laporte, De Bruyne, Sane, Mendy, Carson.

Burnley Lineups:

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra.
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Long, Thompson, Dunne, Thomas, Jensen.

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).

 

1 HOUR AGO:

Manchester City are almost completely changed from the XI named for the 3-0 win over Arsenal. Only Ederson, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez keep their places. Phil Foden starts, while Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte sit on the bench.

At least City can name a full complement of nine subs; just the seven on Burnley’s bench. The Clarets are without Aaron Lennon, Joe Hart, Phil Bardsley and Jeff Hendrick, as they’re all out of contract in a few days and nothing’s been agreed by way of extension. Strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes are injured, too, so Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez start up front. Josh Brownhill, the £9m January signing from Bristol City, makes his first start for the club.

Sean Dyche on Burnley’s lack of manpower. “It’s a definite challenge. You’ve probably seen our squad for this evening, we’ve got some things going on which are hard to put together at the moment with contracts and stuff, so we’re a bit skinny on numbers. And City are a tough side obviously. It’s a strange situation. The chairman … I’ve advised what we should do and there’s been a long delay in getting things done, so the players who haven’t been offered things have made a decision to not finish their contracts for the next ten days. It’s been tough on the group. I am trying to get the situation sorted out, but it’s not easy. I would have kept all of them, at least in the short term, but I don’t sort the contracts out, so. It’s not ideal, but it’s part of management, and we’ve still got a great group here.”

Dyche was in a relatively jovial mood, so it’s hard to tell if all that was a shot across the Burnley chairman Mike Garlick’s bow or a simple honest report of the club’s struggle to sort things out during strange, unprecedented times. Provocatively naming two goalkeepers on the bench, with only seven of the permitted nine spots filled, suggests it’s probably the former, but time will tell.

33s ago

40 min: Rodri tees up Zinchenko for a whack from 25 yards. It’s dipping towards the bottom right, but smothered by Pope.

2m ago

38 min: City continue to dominate, albeit currently in a sterile fashion. “They need to find the people who paid to have that plane up there and put them in prison,” writes JR in Illinois. “And while they’re at it find the people at the company that accepted the money to fly that banner and put them in prison as well. I swear. Every frickin day it’s something else.”

5m ago

36 min: Aguero rat-a-tats a couple of quickfire shots from the edge of the Burnley box. The first is blocked, then he deflects the second with his arm. Burnley are hanging on a bit here.

11s ago

Penalty for Manchester City
45 min +2: With a bemused Sean Dyche looking on, the referee points to the spot. It’s the correct decision.

47s ago

45 min +1: There will be two added minutes. And in the first, as Foden plays a pass into the area from the left, Mee lunges in on Aguero, clipping his foot after the striker gets to the ball. It’s a VAR check for a penalty kick.

2m ago

45 min: The scoreline flatters Burnley. It’s only a wonder the second goal took so long.

3m ago

15:45
GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 Burnley (Mahrez 43)
Fernandinho sprays a diagonal ball towards Mahrez on the right wing by the halfway line. Mahrez tears off towards the Burnley box. He stops a second to twist Taylor’s blood then makes himself enough space to zip a shot across Pope and into the bottom left. So simple, yet such a lovely goal.

 

27s ago
15:52
HALF TIME: Manchester City 3-0 Burnley
I think it’s already safe to say that Liverpool won’t have the opportunity of winning the title against Crystal Palace on Wednesday. The reigning champions have been magnificent; Burnley have offered nothing.

1m ago
15:50
45 min +5: Mahrez brings down a long pass on the right and swans past McNeil in one smooth movement, then nearly finds Jesus at the far post with a dipping cross. Not quite. Burnley are suddenly all over the shop.

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2m ago
20:49
45 min +4: Mee has injured Aguero’s foot in treading on it, and the striker is replaced by Jesus.

3m ago
20:49
GOAL! Manchester City 3-0 Burnley (Mahrez 45+3 pen)
Mahrez tucks an unstoppable shot into the bottom left. Pope guesses the correct way, but he’s got no chance of saving it.

22s ago
21:13
GOAL! Manchester City 4-0 Burnley (D Silva 52)
This is too easy. From a corner on the right, Foden busies himself around the Burnley box. He feeds Bernardo Silva down the inside right. He fires low and hard into the centre, and his namesake David slams home.

1m ago
21:12
50 min: Burnley have put out a statement “strongly condemning those responsible for the aircraft and offensive banner”.

“We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor. This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans.

“The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through its award-winning Community scheme, and stands against racism of any kind. We are fully behind the Premier League’s Black Lives Matter initiative and, in line with all other Premier League games undertaken since Project Restart, our players and football staff willingly took the knee at kick-off at Manchester City.

“We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.”

4m ago
21:09
48 min: Jesus turns out of a tight spot in midfield to race into space. He feeds Zinchenko to his left. Zinchenko drops a shoulder, cuts inside, and peals a shot towards the top right. There’s meat behind that, but it smashes into his own man David Silva and it’s deflected out for a goal kick.

6m ago
21:07
46 min: It’s not long before David Silva is skating down the left and hooping a cross towards Jesus at the far post. It’s a wee bit high for the Brazilian, who can only guide his header wide right. An early sign that the hosts are in no mood to declare.

8m ago
21:05
And we’re off again! City get the ball rolling for their second-half stroll. No changes at half-time.

54s ago
21:23
62 min: Cancelo’s careless pass allows Vydra to make good down the left. Cancelo cynically brings the striker down and that’s a booking. McNeil flashes a dismal free kick miles over the bar.

2m ago
21:22
61 min: Changes for both sides. City swap Fernandinho and Mahrez with Laporte and De Bruyne. So no hat-trick for Mahrez tonight. Meanwhile Burnley bolster their midfield with Pieters, taking off the striker Rodriguez.

3m ago
21:21
59 min: It turns out Brownhill was booked in the first half for what looked like a dreadful challenge on Rodri, during the build-up to Mahrez’s first goal. Brownhill raked his studs down Rodri’s shin and stood on the top of his foot. Rodri’s lucky Brownhill didn’t land harder with his initial movement, because that could have been a proper leg-bender. Brownhill’s very lucky not to see red.

6m ago
21:19
58 min: The virtual City fans are giving Blue Moon plenty at the minute. A poor version of the real thing, but you take what you can get, and it’s better than nothing.

8m ago
16:16
56 min: On the touchline, Sean Dyche strokes the top of his head with the flat of his palm. A classic coping mechanism. It’s going to be a long second half for Burnley.

10m ago
21:15
54 min: A long ball down the middle, and Vydra’s free! But it quickly becomes apparent that the City defence had stopped, the linesman’s flag springing up for offside. Vydra drags his shot wide anyway.

 

25s ago
06:33
72 min: Rodri shovels a pass down the left channel but it’s a bit too heavy for David Silva and flies out for a goal kick. Shame for City, because had the ball been weighted correctly, Silva would have been through on goal. As it is, City remain on track for their third 5-0 home win over Burnley on the bounce.

25s ago
06:33
72 min: Rodri shovels a pass down the left channel but it’s a bit too heavy for David Silva and flies out for a goal kick. Shame for City, because had the ball been weighted correctly, Silva would have been through on goal. As it is, City remain on track for their third 5-0 home win over Burnley on the bounce.

25s ago
06:33
72 min: Rodri shovels a pass down the left channel but it’s a bit too heavy for David Silva and flies out for a goal kick. Shame for City, because had the ball been weighted correctly, Silva would have been through on goal. As it is, City remain on track for their third 5-0 home win over Burnley on the bounce.

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2m ago
21:31
71 min: City stroke it hither and yon, just because they can.

3m ago
21:30
69 min: And that’s drinks! During which Pep Guardiola, his team five goals to the good and coasting, gives Gabriel Jesus some beneficial advice in a very animated style. He’s not one for letting up, our Pep, but then we’ve known that for quite a few years now.

4m ago
21:29
68 min: City are inside Mee’s head. Again he backs off, this time when De Bruyne runs at him. De Bruyne drags a shot wide left, a poor effort for a man of his brilliance, given the time he was afforded.

6m ago
21:27
66 min: … some head tennis, but nothing more. City go straight up the other end, through the increasingly influential Foden, who shimmies down the middle of the park before laying off for Jesus. The striker shanks his shot wide right, but not before teasing Mee.

7m ago
21:26
65 min: Pieters charges down the left, more in hope than anything else, but manages to win a corner off Foden. From which …

8m ago
16:25
GOAL! Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (Foden 63)
This is way too easy. De Bruyne rolls a pass down the inside right. David Silva pings a low ball into the centre. Jesus shuttles it on for Foden, coming in from the left. He batters a shot past Pope at his near post. Pope tries to hack clear off the line, but he can’t stop it. No hat-trick for Mahrez, but now Foden’s on one!

10m ago
21:23
62 min: Cancelo’s careless pass allows Vydra to make good down the left. Cancelo cynically brings the striker down and that’s a booking. McNeil flashes a dismal free kick miles over the bar.

11m ago
21:22
61 min: Changes for both sides. City swap Fernandinho and Mahrez with Laporte and De Bruyne. So no hat-trick for Mahrez tonight. Meanwhile Burnley bolster their midfield with Pieters, taking off the striker Rodriguez.

1m ago
21:44
83 min: Lowton nearly releases Vydra through the middle with a clever pass from the right, but Brownhill accidentally gets in the way and diverts his team-mates ball towards Ederson.

3m ago
21:42
81 min: Sane’s quickly in the thick of it, sent scampering into space down the left by a glorious De Bruyne prompt. His low cross, meant for Jesus, is cut out.

4m ago
21:42
80 min: Leroy Sane, reportedly desirous of a move to Bayern Munich, returns for the start of his long City swansong. The truly magnificent Foden makes way.

6m ago
21:39
79 min: Rodri creams one towards Pope, who gathers without too much fuss.

6m ago
21:39
78 min: De Bruyne sashays into a huge pocket of space, 25 yards out. He thinks about shooting but tries to release Jesus instead. Unselfish, but perhaps not the correct decision, as Jesus was surrounded.

9m ago
21:37
76 min: City continue to stroke it around in an insouciant way.

10m ago
21:35
74 min: Vydra romps after a long ball down the left and nearly gets the better of Otamendi. But not quite. He’s forced to turn tail, then McNeil – who is a fine prospect but hasn’t been on it today – shanks a simple pass out of play. The look of quiet disgust on Sean Dyche’s face is a picture. A long breath through the nose before he turns and storms off back to the dugout.

7m ago
21:54
FULL TIME: Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
That’s City’s third 5-0 home win over Burnley in a row. It could easily have been more. A dispirited Burnley trudge off. City are understandably ecstatic. They’ve been wonderful tonight.

9m ago
21:52
90 min +1: A huge cat-plus-cream smile plays across the face of young Phil Foden, sitting in the dugout, as he’s told of Jamie Carragher’s decision to name him as Sky’s man of the match. That’s a lovely moment. He deserves it.

11m ago
16:51
90 min: There will be two added minutes.

11m ago
21:50
89 min: It’s been an evening to forget for Burnley, though their young striker Max Thompson will remember it: he comes on for Vydra to make his debut.

13m ago
21:49
88 min: De Bruyne dances down the left and loops long. Bernardo Silva, drifting in from the other flank, hits the dropping ball first time. He connects well, but the shot is blocked.

14m ago
21:48
87 min: David Silva tries a curler from the right. For once, the quality’s not there. Hey, nobody’s perfect.

16m ago
16:45
85 min: Jesus skedaddles down the inside right and is unceremoniously upended by Mee, who has had a shocker this evening. A free kick in a very dangerous position … but it’s slapped straight into the wall by the not-yet-up-to-speed Sane.

17m ago
21:44
83 min: Lowton nearly releases Vydra through the middle with a clever pass from the right, but Brownhill accidentally gets in the way and diverts his team-mates ball towards Ederson.