Man City star Riyad Mahrez

Man City vs Burnley: Citizens should cruise to victory

Kick-off: 1500, 16/10/2021

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City had a tough run of fixtures before the international break but should be able to ease their way back into action when hosting Burnley.

The Blues have won their last eight head-to-head meetings with the Clarets by an aggregate score of 31-1, including four straight 5-0 triumphs on home turf.

Punters can get Evens for Pep Guardiola’s side to prevail by more than two clear goals here and that is our first Man City vs Burnley prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City came through trips to Chelsea and Liverpool with flying colours, even if they did lose 2-0 away to PSG in the Champions League in between.

The title holders were worthy 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge and twice came from behind to secure a deserved 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Guardiola was delighted with the way his team performed on Merseyside, where they dominated a goalless opening period before an enthralling second half.

“We were in the game and we came good not just once but twice and that makes me incredibly satisfied,” said the Spaniard.

“Always, I believe the way a team loses shows how good a team is and the way we lost in Paris shows me we are good. It is in the bad moments you have to make a step.

“After the way we play the first half (at Anfield) and then go behind 1-0 and 2-1, it is still good. That won’t make you champions but the satisfaction is there.”

Riyad Mahrez hit a hat-trick versus Burnley here last season and had scored three other goals in the two previous Premier League meetings at this venue.

Looking at the Man City vs Burnley odds, the Algeria winger is backed at 10/3 to be his team’s first scorer.

Last City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Jesus.

City are without first-choice goalkeeper Ederson and forward Gabriel Jesus due to international duty. Ferran Torres is also out after suffering a foot injury with Spain but Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko are back in contention.

A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds

Burnley are yet to secure a Premier League success this term, lying third from bottom after three draws from seven outings.

The Clarets will have been encouraged by sharing the spoils with Leeds and Leicester, but a goalless stalemate against Norwich on home turf last time out was frustrating.

Both teams had chances in an often scrappy contest, but the lack of a cutting edge cost Burnley in the absence of the injured Maxwel Cornet.

Sean Dyche insisted his side have the resources to get the results they need this season after strengthening in the summer.

“I look at the squad, it’s a strong squad,” he said. “We’ve added players who can affect that, although we need them fit, obviously.

“There were a lot of good signs from the defensive side of things. I didn’t think they threatened us too much, but we’ve got to add quality going into their box.”

Burnley may need to wait a little bit longer before their trademark battling qualities can help them to edge away from the drop zone, though.

The Clarets have been 3-0 down at half-time on their last two visits to this ground but City may not be quite as sharp early on after the international break.

Let’s add 15/4 for the Blues to be 2-0 up at the interval to our Man City vs Burnley betting tips.

Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Collins, Brownhill, McNeil, Lennon, Westwood, Wood, Vydra.

Burnley will be without captain Ben Mee, who has tested positive for coronavirus. Cornet has recovered from his hamstring problem but Matej Vydra and Charlie Taylor have both picked up knocks and are touch and go, while Dale Stephens remains sidelined.

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