The return of the Premier League sees Manchester City host Burnley on Saturday afternoon in a fixture which is unlikely to be plain sailing for the champions.
Burnley were one of few teams to take points off Pep Guardiola’s centurions last season when they clinched a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor, albeit, courtesy of a glaring miss from Raheem Sterling when the visitors were pushing for a killer second goal.
Sean Dyche’s men proved that they are capable of going head-to-head with the very best in that fixture, so Guardiola will be guarding his side against complacency this weekend.
The international break has not thrown up any major curve balls for Man City, but a recent report from the Manchester Evening News suggests that Danilo could be sidelined for at least a month after hobbling off during Brazil’s victory over Argentina earlier this week.
The injury leaves Guardiola with a mini conundrum to dissect ahead of the clash against Burnley, with his decision on who to deploy at left-back reemerging in light of Danilo’s absence.
Benjmain Mendy’s return prior to the international break would hint at another start for the France international, but with City set to travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday it’s more than likely that Guardiola will rest him in anticipation.
And considering Fabian Delph hasn’t featured since the trip to Cardiff on September 22nd, the door should be open for Oleksandr Zinchenko to make only his 3rd appearance of the season.
Zinchenkko’s last game in a City shirt arrived in a 2-0 victory over Brighton at the end of September, and his glowing performance certainly caught the eye of fans and pundits alike.
With City expected to dominate possession at the Etihad on Saturday and spend plenty of time in the final-third, the inclusion of Zinchenko presents the most logical solution to Guardiola’s selection dilemma.
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