Manchester City v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 22, 2019
Etihad Stadium - FA Cup
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side take a break from their Premier League pursuit of Liverpool to host Burnley in the FA Cup this weekend.
City hammered Burnley 5-0 in league action at the Etihad Stadium back in October , with Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane all scoring for the hosts.
Guardiola's side knocked Burnley out at the third round stage last season, with a 4-1 home win.
Manchester City are hopeful that skipper Vincent Kompany will be fit to start after missing their weekend win over Huddersfield with a heel injury, however full back Benjamin Mendy is not quite ready for a first team return.
Burnley welcome back Robbie Brady from a three match ban, but defender Ben Mee misses out as he serves a one game suspension after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend.
Icelandic international Johan Gudmunsson is rated as doubtful with a thigh injury, and fellow midfielder Aaron Lennon is ruled out.
Manchester City v Burnley Preview and Predictions
City will want to avoid too many distractions as they look to put pressure on Liverpool in the coming weeks, however Guardiola has not won the FA Cup in his time in England, and he will field a strong side. His side have secured their passage into the EFL Cup final, and they host Burnley on the back of seven successive wins in league and cup action.
Sean Dyche knows that ask ahead of him, and despite their improved form in recent weeks, his priority lies firmly with the Premier League and their battle against relegation. He is likely to rotate his squad, but without the options available to him that Guardiola has this is unlikely to be anything other than a straightforward home win.
There is little value in an outright win for the home side, but City to win and over 2.5 total goals scored in the game comes in at 1/3.
City have been in ruthless form since the turn of the year, scoring for fun in league and cup games in January, and they are at 3/4 to win both halves against Dyche's side.
Manchester City to win 3-0 at 11/2
City will want to get this game out of the way and get back to Premier League action, but they will not be taking this game lightly with Guardiola determined to maintain momentum. Burnley's attention is also elsewhere and Dyche would be forgiven for concentrating on pushing up the table.
Gabriel Jesus to score anytime at 3/5
Despite Sergio Aguero returning to the starting line up for the win over Huddersfield, Guardiola is expected to rest and rotate here, meaning a possible return for Jesus. The Brazilian international netted in the third round win over Rotherham, and has 15 goals in all competitions so far this season.