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|How Man City should line up vs Burnley in the Premier League fixture
| m8bet Manchester City will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the domestic season when they welcome Burnley to the Etihad stadium on Saturday afternoon. City have won four of their eight Premier League games against Burnley (P8 W4 D3 L1), including each of their last two at the Etihad.
This will be the 100th meeting between City and Burnley in all competitions – The Blues have won 44 of the previous 99, with 25 draws and 30 wins for the Clarets since their first meeting in October 1897. In terms of team news, Kevin de Bruyne could feature for City after a spell on the sidelines while Ilkay Gundogan is a confirmed absentee.
Here's how our writers think the team should line up.Stuart BrennanKevin De Bruyne is back and raring to go, but after two months out and against physical opposition, there is no point in slinging him straight back into the action. Stick him on the bench and give him half an hour - he is usually a player who needs time to ease himself back in after injury in any case.
There is no need to rush him back, given the way City have played without him - and neither David Silva nor Bernardo Silva deserves to be dropped, so at least that decision will be delayed. With so many games coming up, Guardiola can shuffle his pack - and against a team strong in the air, the return of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi would make sense.
Simon BajkowskiI don't think it's worth the risk starting Kevin De Bruyne m8bet if he isn't 100 per cent fit - especially when City have two Silvas to call on. The most important thing is to have the playmaker fully firing for Tottenham away and United at home, especially when the rest of the squad have shown they can get results without him.
At the back, Guardiola showed at Anfield the importance of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones but it will be interesting to see how he selects his defence ahead of Shakhtar away. Raheem Sterling is a must and Leroy Sane deserves a chance after Riyad Mahrez fluffed his lines at Anfield.
Rich FayWith a tricky Champions League tie on the horizon Guardiola can be excused for resting a few key players again Burnley this weekend - but don't expect him to. De Bruyne is a huge boost to the squad, however he should not be rushed back and is instead better suited off the bench.
Much of City's success this season has stemmed from their consistency in defence and it should be a case of Stones and Laporte again at the back. m8bet In midfield Bernardo needs to reclaim his starting spot, while Sterling and Sane will be pivotal to stretching the rigid defensive shape of Burnley.