Manchester City vs Burnley: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Man City will look to follow up from a midweek Champions League win over Olympiacos when they welcome Burnley to the Etihad in the Premier League this weekend.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Predictions
It has been a testing season for Pep Guardiola this term, with Manchester City currently languishing precariously down in 13th, the club’s worst start to a Premier League campaign since Mark Hughes was sacked 11 years ago.
When faced with adversity one of the last clubs you want to face is Burnley, a side well-drilled and disciplined under Sean Dyche, but that is the exact dilemma facing Guardiola this weekend, as his City play host to the Clarets on Saturday.
Indeed there is something of a goalscoring crisis taking shape at the Etihad. Let that sink in for a moment. Guardiola’s Man City are struggling to score goals. They have been outscored by the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton, while they have netted just five goals in the last six league games.
Of course this can largely be attributed to the absence of Sergio Aguero, but even so, Guardiola has an embarrassment of attacking riches at his disposal beyond the Argentine ace. Burnley picked up their first win of the campaign last time out against Crystal Palace so will be buoyed by recent events, and they could cause an upset here.
That considered, the Citizens have won their last six meetings with Burnley in all competitions by an aggregate scoreline of 23-1, so history points towards a City win, but this season has already proven that anything can happen.
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Manchester City vs Burnley: Match Stats
Guardiola has endured some teething issues in these opening fixtures of the Premier League season, but he will be boosted by the return to fitness of Sergio Aguero, who was able to make the matchday squad in the defeat to Spurs last week and came off the bench against Olympiacos on Wednesday.
That is not good news for Dyche, as the Argentine has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances against Burnley in all competition. Should Aguero net at the weekend then Burnley will become the eighth different club against whom he has bagged double digits in a City shirt.
30 September 2020 – Burnley 0-3 Manchester City – League Cup
22 June 2020 – Manchester City 5-0 Burnley – Premier League
03 December 2019 – Burnley 1-4 Manchester City – Premier League
28 April 2019 – Burnley 0-1 Manchester City – Premier League
26 January 2019 – Manchester City 5-0 Burnley – FA Cup
Burnley and Man City have already crossed paths this season, meeting in the League Cup Fourth Round at the end of September, in which Man City cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at Turf Moor. Wholesale changes were made from both sides, but just two months before, City ran out with a 5-0 win at the Etihad, and Guardiola could do with a similar result to rejuvenate the impetus at the Etihad.