Owen Coyle is expected to name the same eleven that beat Hull City 2-0 at Turf Moor, with Stephen Jordan likely to be passed fit following a slight thigh problem.

Burnley are still without long-term absentees Jay Rodriguez, Martin Paterson and Chris McCann, but otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has stated that City will persist with the 4-4-2 system they have played all season, with Stephen Ireland overlooked as Hughes keeps faith with the partnership of Gareth Barry and Nigel De Jong in the centre of the park.

City’s attacking options are vast and they will welcome back Emmanuel Adebayor to the team. Robinho and Santa Cruz will miss out, but Craig Bellamy, Martin Petrov, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Carlos Tevez will all be fighting to be selected.

Michael Ball misses out at left-back with Wayne Bridge a doubt. City will hope that Bridge passes a late fitness test, otherwise Joleon Lescott will shuffle across the back-line. Kolo Toure is back for City so Vincent Kompany could drop to the bench to accommodate him.

Burnley have an atrocious record against City and most fans will be expecting a heavy defeat, especially considering the Clarets poor away performances so far. Burnley haven’t beaten City for 35 years and have never played at Eastlands.

After a strong start to the season City have drawn their last four league games and will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Coyle’s men. Burnley will be hoping to build on their first away goals scored in the 3-2 defeat at Ewood Park three weeks ago with their first point on the road, but they travel with hope rather than expectation.

The longer Burnley can keep out City the better their chance of success will be. But with the amount of attacking talent City will have to bring on from the bench, it seems inevitable that Hughes’ men will have far too much for the Clarets.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-1 Burnley.

This article was written for FansOnline.

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