Kick-off: 2000, 22/06/2020
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Burnley will hope Manchester City’s failure to keep up with Liverpool in the title race allows them to end their dismal record in this fixture.
The Clarets were thrashed 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in both the Premier League and FA Cup last season and these two teams have been ones to avoid in terms of backing both teams to score recently.
City have kept clean sheets in each of their last four league wins and a home win to nil at 91/100 is our opening Man City vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Manchester City were able to ease back into action in a 3-0 win on Wednesday night thanks to Arsenal’s defensive mistakes.
It had been 101 days since the Manchester derby defeat at Old Trafford and there were plenty of unknowns heading into the encounter given the extended break and unusual surroundings.
Arsenal substitute David Luiz’s error allowed Raheem Sterling to score and the Brazilian was sent off after bringing down Riyad Mahrez in the box, leading Kevin De Bruyne to score a spot-kick that was added to late on by Phil Foden.
“The game, 11 against 11, the first minutes was typical after two months off without a lot of energy for both teams,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.
“We were lucky to score the first goal at the end of the first half and after with the second one, the penalty and sending off, it was much easier.
“The problem is not now, to play this game at this level. The problem is the amount of energy you expend without having the good physical conditions for the next games.”
Slow starts have been a problem for City this season and they have only been leading at half-time in one of their last five home games against teams in the bottom half of the table.
That suggests there is value in backing Burnley to hold out until at least half-time before City go on to win at 7/2 in the Man City vs Burnley odds.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Garcia, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley were in fine form before lockdown and with City possibly still a bit rusty, this could be their best chance to finally get some reward at this venue.
The Clarets have conceded 17 goals in four trips here across the last two seasons but go into this game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run.
Burnley’s defence will not relish facing Sergio Aguero, though. The striker has scored nine goals in his last eight appearances against Sean Dyche’s men, including in all three games last season.
Most of his recent goals have come in the second half and Aguero to score the last goal at 2/1 is our final Man City vs Burnley prediction.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Westwood, Wood, Rodriguez.
MAN CITY 3-0 Arsenal – Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne (pen), Phil Foden
BURNLEY 1-1 Tottenham – Chris Wood
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-4 Man City, Burnley 0-1 Man City, Man City 5-0 Burnley, Man City 5-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-1 Man City, Man City 4-1 Burnley, Man City 3-0 Burnley
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