After their midweek clash against Arsenal was postponed, Manchester City return to action when they host Burnley this weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s side looking to bounce back from their defeat in the Manchester derby last time out. The Citizens are the undoubted favourites for the three points, however with Sean Dyche’s Burnley being unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions, it could be that the hosts do not have things all their own way on Saturday afternoon. Ahead of kick-off at the Etihad, we take a closer look at the encounter, as well as delivering our expert betting tip surrounding the match.
With their chance of retaining the Premier League title having now gone, Manchester City will be looking to cement their position as runners up with a win over Burnley, with Pep Guardiola’s side having been far from their best at Old Trafford last weekend. A win for the Citizens would take them seven points clear of Leicester City in the standings, with City having the best goalscoring record in the Premier League, having found the back of the net 68 times so far this season. However, with seven defeats to their name already, the most manager Guardiola has ever suffered in his career, confidence is perhaps not as high as normal in their ranks. The likes of Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy are likely to return to the starting XI after coming off the bench at Old Trafford, with defender Aymeric Laporte likely to remain absent. Meanwhile, Leroy Sane could make his long awaited return from injury this weekend too.
A run of five Premier League matches unbeaten has seen Burnley cement their place in mid-table, with Sean Dyche having seen his side battle to a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur last time out. The Clarets have scored just 34 goals so far this season, with their defensive performances having got them out of jail on many occasions. Burnley remain without striker Ashley Barnes, meaning that Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez are likely to continue their partnership, while January signing Josh Brownhill will be hoping to make his first start for the club.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Burnley, with the Citizens having won eight of such encounters, including a 4-1 success at Turf Moor in December. In order to find a win for Burnley against City, you must look back to March 2015, when the Clarets recorded a 1-0 victory on home soil.
City have scored a massive 20 goals in their last six matches against Burnley, while Dyche’s side have scored on just three occasions in response. As a result, betting against City scoring over 2.5 goals at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon is a market well worth considering, especially at best odds of 1.67 from bookmaker 888Sport. Meanwhile, with the hosts likely to be reeling from their defeat at Old Trafford last weekend, it could well be a long 90 minutes for the visitors.
Having taken into account the recent form of the two teams, player availability and their head-to-head record, our top betting tip for the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Burnley this weekend is to bet on City winning both the first and second halves, a market which is available at best odds of 2.1 with 888Sport ahead of kick-off.