The reigning champions find themselves trailing Liverpool by five points heading into the midweek fixtures, but they seem to have regained their form after a rough period last month, during which they experienced an unusual four-game winless streak in the Premier League.
Their recent impressive seven-game winning streak includes securing victory in the Club World Cup, where they excelled in a penalty shootout. Additionally, they triumphed in the FA Cup against Spurs.
Notably, there is optimism that Erling Haaland could make a comeback after sitting out for ten games, which would undoubtedly be a significant boost for City. The Norwegian goal-scoring sensation is awaiting approval to rejoin the action.
Vincent Kompany, a legendary figure at City, returns to the Etihad as the manager of Burnley. Kompany’s team is currently in a tense battle against relegation, sitting five points clear of the danger zone. However, their recent form has been less than stellar, winning only one out of their last eight games across all competitions. A particularly disheartening moment was conceding a controversial injury-time equalizer to Luton Town, a fellow relegation contender.