Pep focused on the task at hand

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side will not be distracted by results elsewhere when they face Burnley in the Premier League at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon (Match betting – Burnley 12/1, Draw 11/2, City 1/5).

The Citizens sit top of the table on 70 points, but Liverpool are breathing down their necks and can move to the summit if they pick up at least a draw against Watford at 12:30.

City, who are unbeaten in three in the league, do not get under way until 15:00, but Guardiola says his side will be firmly focused on the job, especially with Sean Dyche’s side fighting to stay in the division.

He told reporters: “I have incredible respect for Sean Dyche for many years; the consistent way they play shows he’s a good manager.

“He believes what they are doing, and it works. At the end of the season, I remember how difficult it is to go there, and we will try to go again.

“We can make a mistake and still win the title; nobody knows. We will fight until the end, that’s for sure.”

Guardiola is without Ruben Dias and Cole Palmer, while John Stones and Ederson will need to be assessed.

The Clarets, who are five points from safety, will be without Erik Pieters, Ben Mee, Matej Vydra and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

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Fellow strugglers Norwich City will feel they need to beat Brighton (Match betting – Brighton 1/2, Draw 3/1, Norwich 13/2) to have any realistic chance of survival, with the Canaries nine points from safety.

Ozan Kabak misses out for Dean Smith’s side, while Brighton are hoping both Robert Sanchez and Tariq Lamptey can feature despite recent injury woes.

Chelsea will entertain Brentford (Match result – Chelsea 4/11, Draw 18/5, Brentford 17/2) at Stamford Bridge, with boss Thomas Tuchel boosted by Reece James’ return, although Callum Hudson-Odoi remains sidelined.

Leeds United are hoping to make it three successive wins when they host Southampton (Match result – Leeds 29/20, Draw 5/2, Southampton 7/4) at Elland Road, but they will need to do so without Patrick Bamford.

The England international is set to miss at least six weeks due to a foot injury, but Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha should be available for boss Jesse Marsch, while Southampton have no new injury concerns.

Saturday’s final 15:00 KO takes place at Molineux as Wolves host Aston Villa (Match betting – Wolves 2/1, Draw 2/1, Aston Villa 6/4).

For the home side midfielder Ruben Neves is out until at least May due to a knee injury, while Raul Jimenez starts the first of his two-game ban.

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Author: Paula Allen