The Premier League is back! The new season starts with Burnley hosting Manchester City at Turf Moor. City will be hoping to repeat their success from last season when they won the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup. However, they have made some changes to their squad, with Ilkay Gundogan moving to Barcelona and Riyad Mahrez joining Al-Ahli. Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol have joined the team and could make their league debut. Burnley had an outstanding season in the Championship and will be looking to continue their form in the Premier League.
The match kicks off at 8pm at Turf Moor. Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford will be making his debut against his former club. City’s new signings Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic will start on the bench.
In the 4th minute of the match, City takes the lead with a goal from Erling Haaland. The ball is worked back to Kevin De Bruyne, who crosses it to the back post. Rodri heads it across goal and Haaland scores.
In the 3rd minute, De Bruyne passes the ball to Bernardo Silva, who lays it off to Rodri. However, Rodri loses possession on the edge of the box. City recovers the ball and wins a corner.
The match begins with Burnley getting the ball rolling. The hosts send the ball into the back line and then pass it to the right wing. However, they are forced to send it back to Dara O’Shea, who passes it to the opposite wing.
The players are entering the pitch. Kevin De Bruyne leads out Manchester City as they prepare to kick off the season. Burnley will be confident that they can achieve something against an undercooked City side.
Erling Haaland, who scored twice in City’s opening Premier League fixture last season, netted a hat-trick in his only previous game against Burnley. Pep Guardiola has won 15 league and cup games against Burnley.
This is Manchester City’s first Premier League match on a Friday since May 2021, when they won 4-3 against Newcastle. Vincent Kompany will become the first Belgian to manage in the Premier League. No Burnley boss has won their first match in the competition.
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher believe that Man City may not win the Premier League title this season. City have won their opening league game in 12 of the last 14 seasons.