"Kevin De Bruyne makes his first start since the match against Burnley in August, while John Stones also features in the starting lineup for the first time since the 3-1 victory over Everton on December 27th."

Ederson, Rico Lewis, Matheus Nunes, and Jeremy Doku join the starting lineup against the Clarets, while Stefan Ortega Moreno, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Mateo Kovacic, Bernardo Silva, and Oscar Bobb take their places on the bench.

"And joining them on the bench is Erling Haaland, who features in the matchday squad for the first time since the Aston Villa match on December 6th."

Vincent Kompany earned considerable acclaim for Burnley's exceptional football last season, which resulted in their prompt return to the Premier League.

And naturally, critics have been scrutinizing the former City captain this season for being too defensively vulnerable.

It will be intriguing to observe how he approaches a comeback to the Etihad Stadium, especially following last March's 6-0 defeat in the FA Cup.

Our home fixtures since Christmas have been against teams with a defensive approach, where patience was crucial, particularly against bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United and Huddersfield in the FA Cup.

Both Yorkshire teams were defeated without posing much of a threat to the City defense, so Kompany may opt to stick with the playing style he believes in.

Since the beginning of the 2017/18 season, Burnley has claimed more Premier League away victories against reigning champions than any other team (two), securing wins against Chelsea (August 2017) and Liverpool (January 2021) during this period.

City has emerged victorious in 15 of their last 16 Premier League matches against newly promoted clubs since suffering a 2-1 defeat to Leeds in April 2021.