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How Manchester City could line up against Burnley

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Sunday's Premier League clash with Burnley at Turf Moor as they aim to move one step closer to the title.

Manchester City need just three more wins to successfully defend the Premier League title, and the first of those matches comes away to Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

The midweek derby win over Manchester United was seen by many as City's last major hurdle to overcome, but Pep Guardiola's side cannot afford to let up yet and know that anything other than all three points at Turf Moor could hand the advantage back to Liverpool.

Indeed, Man City could still start Sunday's match second in the table should Liverpool avoid a major upset at home to Huddersfield Town on Friday night, despite the champions having won their last 11 league games.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Guardiola could set his team out as they look to make it 12 in a row.



Possible MNC XI vs. BUR

Out: Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring)
Doubtful: Fernandinho (knee), Ilkay Gundogan (leg)

> Click here for Man City's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

With Kevin De Bruyne already sidelined, Man City picked up two more midfield injury concerns during the derby when both Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan came off with knocks.

Guardiola has not taken any risks with Fernandinho in recent weeks and is unlikely to do so this weekend as the Brazilian struggles with a knee problem, but Gundogan's "kick on his leg" is less serious and Fernandinho's expected absence increases the importance of the German playing.

Fernandinho's withdrawal at Old Trafford actually set the wheels in motion for Man City to go on and win the game, and Bernardo Silva could start in the deeper midfield position from which he scored in midweek.

Leroy Sane was the man to replace Fernandinho and may have earned a starting role with his goal, particularly considering Bernardo dropping back would free up a place in the front three alongside Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Opportunities to rest players are difficult at this stage of the season, when every game is a must-win one, but Guardiola may opt to give Kyle Walker the day off in place of Danilo.

Guardiola could also consider starting Nicolas Otamendi to counteract Burnley's physical attacking presence, although John Stones will be hopeful of earning a recall alongside Aymeric Laporte too.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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