Manchester City restored their three point advantage at the top of the Premier League table tonight and still have a game in hand after Manchester United’s big win last night.
United beat Southampton 9-0 to boost their goal difference and move level on points with City at the top – but City’s goal difference remains superior, and they have two games in hand over their rivals.
Pep Guardiola will have been wary of a Burnley side who won at Anfield recently, and have historically made life difficult for City at Turf Moor. The City boss played Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Ruben Dias together for the first time, with Gabriel Jesus also starting.
Jesus opened the scoring within three minutes, before Raheem Sterling converted before the break to secure a comfortable win. City extended their winning run to thirteen ahead of a difficult set of fixtures which takes them to Liverpool on Saturday, before an FA Cup tie at Swansea, a home fixture with Tottenham, and away trip to Arsenal.
Follow below for build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from Turf Moor.
Over at Anfield….
If it stays this way, City will have the chance to go ten clear of Liverpool, still with a game in hand, with victory on Sunday.
Aguero sends message
The striker is back at the CFA, but wasn’t fit enough to play today.
Ederson with another clean sheet
He’s still yet to concede when he starts alongside Ruben Dias and John Stones.
Just keep winning
City have done something no side have managed in the Premier League since 2002.
Sterling looks ahead to Liverpool
More from Sterling to BT Sport, as he looked ahead to the weekend’s trip to Liverpool.
“Just togetherness, we’ve seen how difficult the season has been, it’s about grinding results out, week by week, focussing on the next game. That’s what we’ve been doing in the last couple of weeks, grinding out results.
“The more you win, the better you feel, we’ve done a professional result today. Going into that one [at Liverpool] it’s the same as today, we try to keep our focus and go for the win.”
Sterling’s verdict after Burnley win
Raheem Sterling tells BT Sport how the first goal was important today:
It’s good to get another win and keep a clean sheet. we’ve been on a good run of games and we need to continue it.
In any game it’s always good to get the first goal as quick as possible, then you can work your way into the game from there. That’s what we did today.
We know exactly what they’ll bring to the game, physical, second balls, balls into our box I thought the boys at the back dealt with them really well and it was great to keep a clean sheet as well.
FT – Burnley 0-2 CityKEY EVENT
Never in doubt. City record a thirteenth win in a row, moving three points clear in the table.
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Three minutes added
Just a formality.
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Sterling shoots at Pope
A rare second half chance results in Raheem Sterling shooting straight at Nick Pope.
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Running down the clock
City are seeing this game out with ease, making sure they keep possession, keep their clean sheet and secure a thirteenth win in a row.
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Ederson comes out of his goal and brings down Erik Pieters trying to clear a ball. He’s booked for his troubles, and is fortunate not to receive a red.
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Jesus can’t find a third
Gabriel Jesus sees his shot blocked from 12 yards after a lovely chest down from Ilkay Gundogan. He’s then brought down by James Tarkowski, but no penalty.
67′ – Burnley 0-2 CitySimon Bajkowski
Stones covering right-back
Stones has gone out to right-back, but Zinchenko is playing in Cancelo’s role whenever City have the ball just from a starting point of the left. He’ll be hoping he can impress in the final 25 minutes.
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No change at the back
Zinchenko has come on in midfield, on the left of Rodri when Cancelo was on the right.
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Zinchenko comes on
Joao Cancelo off. Any guesses for who plays where now?
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City stepping up
City have stepped up a gear this half, seeking to put the game to bed and turn their thoughts to Sunday’s big trip to Anfield.
The decision against Mahrez, when he seemed to have scored from Gabriel Jesus’ cross, was fractional, but there are more goals in this.
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Zinchenko coming on
An interesting move. Who will come off for the left-back?
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Riyad Mahrez’s toe was offside by a millimetre or two. No goal.
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Goal ruled out for offside
Riyad Mahrez taps home but the flag is up. VAR will take a look.
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Pope saves again
Nick Pope punches a cross here with Raheem Sterling waiting to nod home.
53′ – Burnley 0-2 CitySimon Bajkowski
Ederson proving his importance
Burnley pressed City so well then that Dias was forced to play a ball back to Ederson on his goalline.
It was awkward, yet in one swing of his boot the goalkeeper played an accurate pass 30 yards along the floor to Bernardo, taking out four Burnley players and prompting a City attack.
That is why he is so crucial to Guardiola’s team.
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Pope denies Sterling
Raheem Sterling is through on goal but Nick Pope denies.
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Ilkay Gundogan catches it sweetly and his effort is just over the bar.
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City have started brightly, going on the attack immediately.
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HT – Burnley 0-2 CityJoe Bray
Watch Sterling finish off lovely move
He couldn’t miss. Even though he has history of that at Turf Moor.
HT – Burnley 0-2 CitySimon Bajkowski
Half time ratings
HT – Burnley 0-2 CityJoe Bray
Two goals have City in complete control at Turf Moor. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet.
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Into added time
Burnley think about attacking, but nothing to concern City.