Man City 3-0 Burnley – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Julian Alvarez double puts champions in charge… while Spurs turn it around to lead Brentford 3-1

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Manchester City host Burnley in the Premier League and Brentford take on Tottenham.

GOAL: Tottenham 3-1 Brentford

It’s a third goal of the half for Spurs as they cement their grasp on the match with Richarlison scoring a well-taken goal against the run of play. What on earth has happened to Brentford after half time? Thomas Frank is fuming.

Man City 3-0 Burnley

Burnley go to their bench to freshen things up as Vincent Kompany makes three changes with Chelsea loanee David Fofana making his Burnley debut.

Off – Amdouni, Foster, Gudmundsson

On – Ramsey, Fofana, Roberts

Man City 3-0 Burnley

Cheers roar around the Etihad as Erling Haaland is told to go and warm-up.

He greets the crowd who are loving seeing their side dominate and you fear there are goals for Haaland to grab here when he comes on.

GOAL: Tottenham 2-1 Brentford

It’s two goals in one minute for Spurs as Destiny Udogie pulls the hosts level before Brennan Johnson gives them the lead. Just like that Spurs are ahead as Brentford capitulate.

Man City 3-0 Burnley

It’s a golden chance for Burnley that Amdouni wastes. He broke City’s offside trap and had to square it for Odobert who would have had a tap-in. The Burnley striker chose to shoot and misses the target.

Man City 3-0 Burnley

Doku wriggles out of a few challenges inside City’s half before bursting over the halfway line. He does excellently to find De Bruyne as Burnley’s defence backtracks. This could turn into a real thrashing!

GOAL: Man City 3-0 Burnley – Rodri

It is on the cards as Rodri whips in a curled effort to secure his sixth goal of the season and virtually wrap up three points for the hosts.

Foden did really well to hold up play on the right-wing before picking out his team-mate. Burnley come undone again.

Manchester City's Rodri (left) and Burnley's Zeki Amdouni battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday January 31, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Back underway at the Etihad as City come forward from the start and a goal could be on the cards.

HALF TIME: Tottenham 0-1 Brentford

Neal Maupay’s goal is the difference at the break as Tottenham trail by a single goal.

Ivan Toney’s return has inspired Brentford and a win against Spurs tonight would go some way to quelling any fears that they were being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Dejan Kulusevski of Tottenham Hotspur clashes with Neal Maupay of Brentford leading to both players being shown a yellow card during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 31, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

HALF TIME: Man City 2-0 Burnley

It was a bright start that quickly faded away for Burnley as birthday boy Julian Alvarez chipped in with two brilliant goals.

The Argentine was deadly with his header to open the scoring before latching onto a throughball from a free-kick for his second goal.

Burnley have had a couple of half chances but City are on top and it would be a huge shock to see the visitors get anything out of this match now.

Manchester City's Argentinian striker #19 Julian Alvarez (C) shoots and scores his team second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 31, 2024. (Photo by Darren Staples / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester City's Julian Alvarez (right) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday January 31, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Foster has Burnley’s best effort as he uses two City players to try and disguise his shot after cutting in from the left. The Clarets striker can’t get enough bend on his effort and it rolls behind for a goal kick.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Vitinho is really struggling up against the pace and trickery of Doku who wins a foul on the edge of the box. The Burnley defender escapes a booking as City send a cross into the box that is punched clear.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

It’s simple but beautiful football from City as they play three passes around the edge of the box, slowly pulling Burnley’s defence out of shape. The final ball isn’t great but you sense a third goal isn’t far away.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Burnley's Wilson Odobert battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday January 31, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Nunes continues to run the show in midfield as he charges through the middle of the pitch and tries to fashion a chance for his team-mates but Burnley expel the danger with some last-ditch defending.

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Man City 2-0 Burnley

Ederson flies off his line to grab a cross destined for Amdouni out of the air. The Brazilian goalkeeper rubs his shoulder gingerly as he gets to his feet but is ok.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Gvardiol ends some patient build-up play with a ball along the floor into the box for Foden to chase. He gets a touch but is forced back, City are in total control.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Lyle Foster has a sniff at latching onto a ball over the top but across comes Gvardiol with a crunching no-nonsense tackle that sends the ball behind for a corner. Berge has a chance from the set-piece but misses his kick.

Man City 2-0 Burnley

The visitors started brightly but they have been severely punished for two lapses in concentration.

Their lack of organisation for City’s second goal can’t be excused, Burnley are the makers of their own downfall so far tonight. This is the situation they would have been dreading.

GOAL: Man City 2-0 Burnley – Julian Alvarez

It’s his second goal of the match but full credit has to go to De Bruyne as he produces a beautifully weighted pass from a set-piece to play Alvarez into acres of space in the box.

Burnley’s defence was sleeping, City’s attack wasn’t and just like that it’s 2-0!

GOAL: Tottenham 0-1 Brentford – Neal Maupay

When one goes in they all go in and that’s what is happening tonight as Neal Maupay gives Brentford the lead against Tottenham.

Ange Postecoglou was defiant in his pre-match press conference that they were still in the title race, a defeat tonight might dim any remaining hope.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Ivan Toney during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 31, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

GOAL: Man City 1-0 Burnley – Julian Alvarez

It’s beautful football as Nunes gets the ball back from Phil Foden and is down near the byline before looking up and chipping a ball back across goal. It’s poor defending as Alvarez is given plenty of space to nod his header past Trafford.

Six goals in his last seven games for the Argentine.

Manchester City's Julian Alvarez (centre) scores their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday January 31, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Nunes creates and nearly finishes the move as he gets a return ball from Doku on the edge of the box but can only blast his shot into a defender.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Brownhill plays a reverse pass into the forward line for Amdouni to chase. He does so willingly and wins a corner but City clear and will come again.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

City increase the pace as Rodri runs from deep and finds Doku on space on the wing. His feet are quick but good man-to-man defending forces him back. City are knocking at the door.

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder #11 Jeremy Doku fights for the ball with Burnley's Icelandic midfielder #07 Johann Berg Gudmundsson during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 31, 2024. (Photo by Darren Staples / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Burnley try to mount an attack down the right as Berge presses well to win possesion back high up the pitch. Unfortunately he gives away a free kick in doing so.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

City continue to exert control and Burnley are clearing long as quickly as possible at every occasion. A free kick gives De Bruyne a chance at goal but Brownhill deflects the effort behind for a corner that comes to nothing.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

City dominate the first few passages as expected and a switch of play sees De Bruyne put a cross up to the back-post that Trafford spills before regathering.

KICK OFF: Tottenham 0-0 Brentford

We’re underway in London as well with Spurs hosting Brentford. We will bring you key updates from the Tottenham stadium.

KICK OFF: Man City 0-0 Burnley

We are underway at the Etihad as City seek a valuable victory in their race for the Premier League title.

Here come the teams..

The Etihad is putting on an impressive light display ahead of kick off and we are just moments away from kick off as City host Burnley in this midweek Premier League fixture.

We will be keeping you updated with the big moments from Spurs v Brentford as well.

Haaland is beaming as he warms up

The City star hasn’t been in a matchday squad since the start of December and you can see how much it means to him to be back out on the pitch.

The 23-year-old was getting bored during his rehab from injury and it’s great to see him smiling during the warm-ups at the Etihad – perhaps not so great if you’re and Arsenal or Liverpool fan though.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Erling Haaland of Manchester City reacts as he warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on January 31, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Burnley are desperate to taste victory

It’s not been the season many of us expected for last season’s Championship victors and bar and unfortunately for their supporters, relegation is the current favoured prediction.

Burnley have 12 points from 21 matches and have won just three games in the league this season. Currently they are seven-points from safety after Luton climbed out the drop zone last night.

The Clarets have NEVER won at the Etihad, what a time it would be for them to do so tonight!

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany (right) and Manchester City senior grounds manager Lee Jackson before the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday January 31, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

What happened last time in this fixture?

You have to go all the way back to the opening game of the season for a repeat of tonight’s fixture when the reigning Premier League champions travelled to Turf Moor to get the new campaign underway.

City eased to victory that night with a 3-0 victory courtesy of two goals from Erling Haaland and a solo strike from Rodri.

That night also saw Kevin de Bruyne pick up an injury that would keep him sidelined until January. It would be a disaster for Pep Guardiola if the Belgian was to get injured again.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City down injured during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on August 11, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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City’s birthday boy hoping to make an impact

Three points and a goal to boot would be the perfect birthday present for City striker Julian Alvarez tonight as he celebrates turning 24 tonight.

Ironically tonight is also likely to bring an end to his run of starts in the Premier League now Haaland is back fit so it’s probably a bittersweet moment for the Argentinian.

Manchester City's Argentinian striker #19 Julian Alvarez passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on January 13, 2024. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Julian Alvarez of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Haaland is in the house

The Norwegian superstar is in the building and will be taking to the pitch shortly for the pre-match warm-ups at the Etihad.

Just look how happy Haaland is to be back!

Erling Haaland returns for City

The Norwegian has missed FIVE Premier League fixtures with a recent stress injury but is back in the team tonight and expected to make an appearance from the bench.

He was the club’s top scorer last season on their way to winning the Treble and has been a huge miss over the festive period as City dropped points in the title race.

A goal-hungry Haaland against a Burnley side he has scored five times against in two appearances isn’t good news for Clarets supporters.

File photo dated 07-11-2023 of Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates. Erling Haaland is set to return to action for Manchester City as the champions host Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday. Issue date: Tuesday January 30, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

BRENTFORD TEAM NEWS

Ivan Toney has been linked with a move to Arsenal during the transfer window, tonight he can do the Gunners a huge favour in the Premier League title race by scoring against Spurs.

The Bees have strengthened with Sergio Reguilon but he won’t feature tonight due to Spurs being the Spaniard’s parent club.

TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

It’s probably the strongest Tottenham line-up possible with the exception of Son who is still away at the Asia Cup with South Korea.

James Maddison will provide the creativity in behind a front three of Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison and Timo Werner who continues his starting role in the team since joining earlier this month.

BURNLEY TEAM NEWS

Here’s how Burnley shape up for tonight’s game against the reigining Premier League champions.

Clarets boss Vincent Kompany makes just one change from his side that drew against Luton last time out as Josh Cullen drops to the bench.

MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS

Kevin de Bruyne starts for Man City, while Julian Alvarez leads the line and Erling Haaland returns to the bench following injury.

Updates from Tottenham v Brentford

Along with key coverage updates of Man City’s clash against Brentford, we will also be keeping you in the know with any big moments from the capital as Spurs and Brentford meet in an entertaining Premier League tie.

Team news from both matches will be with you shortly.

City seeking to close the gap

Victory tonight would be huge for City and move them to within two-points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

An unimaginable defeat against a Burnley side second-bottom of the division would be disaster and keep them behind both Liverpool and Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s side usually come into their own during the second half of the season and it would be no surprise to see a big scoreline at the Etihad tonight.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Nathan Ake of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 26, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Good evening and welcome

Hello, good evening, and thank you for joining us for tonight’s coverage of Man City’s Premier League clash against Burnley.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and we have plenty to cover before then.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Pep Guardiola manager of Manchester City during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 26, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • GOAL: Tottenham 2-1 Brentford

  • GOAL: Man City 3-0 Burnley – Rodri

  • HALF TIME: Tottenham 0-1 Brentford

  • HALF TIME: Man City 2-0 Burnley

  • GOAL: Man City 2-0 Burnley – Julian Alvarez

  • GOAL: Tottenham 0-1 Brentford – Neal Maupay

  • GOAL: Man City 1-0 Burnley – Julian Alvarez

  • KICK OFF: Tottenham 0-0 Brentford

  • KICK OFF: Man City 0-0 Burnley



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