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Manchester City

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Three Points: Manchester City vs. Burnley

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley discusses Manchester City's inability to close the gap at the top, while Arsenal were able to close in on the top four with a win at West Ham.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's shock 2-2 draw with Burnley at the Etihad on Sunday.

1. City blow their chance

Just when Manchester City looked likely to go within a point of Chelsea, they turned in 45 minutes of listlessness and inertia to put the whip hand firmly back in Jose Mourinho's possession. Burnley fought back valiantly, and fully deserved a point that was beyond the expectation of all but their ever-positive manager Sean Dyche.

Two goals down, Burnley...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City maneuvering for magical Messi move

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe examines the political intricacies surrounding Lionel Messi's future in Barcelona.

As the final days of 2014 come to a close, Transfer Talk count the hours until the clock strikes midnight, bringing the dawn of 2015 and the January transfer window.

Man City maneuvering for Messi

Back in November, rumours began to swirl that Lionel Messi was considering his future at Barcelona. This stemmed from his remarks, saying, "It is true that I said I would like to stay [at Barcelona] forever, but sometimes not everything turns out the way you want." Ever since he's been linked with...

 By Simon Curtis

Fernandinho's inspired performance not enough to save Manchester City

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley discusses Manchester City's inability to close the gap at the top, while Arsenal were able to close in on the top four with a win at West Ham.

On a day when Chelsea's lethargic draw at Southampton offered Manchester City the opportunity to close to within a point of the Premier League leaders, an unusual second-half paralysis set in instead. City has not given up a two-goal lead at home and lost since an April 2009 visit from Fulham. Although City avoided that ignominy, little else was left to the imagination in their 2-2 draw with Burnley on Sunday.

The mouthwatering prospect of racking up 10 straight wins must also wait, as the Blues...

 By David Mooney

Player Ratings: David Silva gets full marks as City beat Baggies

Champions Manchester City again made light of the absence of strikers as they cruised to a 3-1 win at West Brom.

Manchester City eased to a 3-1 win at West Brom on Saturday to make it six goals in two games without a recognised striker on the field. Such a fine haul is largely down to David Silva, who has netted half of them despite lacking confidence in his finishing ability.

The only blemish of the last few weeks for City is the rather haphazard defending that saw Joe Hart's shutouts end at 530 minutes. Having not conceded since the seventh minute of the win at Sunderland, Hart's missed punch allowed a corner...

Lampard set for Man City stay, Milner on for free Liverpool move?

The ESPN FC crew select their best and worst transfers of 2014, with signs pointing to Liverpool's Mario Balotelli.

If you're not slumbering after a Christmas dinner demolition, then read on to find out all the latest January window gossip with Transfer Talk.

Lampard loan extension edges closer

With all three of his senior strikers -- Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic -- out injured, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is desperate for goal scorers, though it looks as if one Christmas wish may have been granted, as the Daily Mirror reports Frank Lampard will extend his loan contract.

Lampard...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

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Stoke City
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