Manchester City v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

January 03, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Etihad Stadium - FA Cup

Burnley are the latest team to try and inflict a defeat on Manchester City, in an FA Cup tie where we could see a few changes to both teams. The punishing festive schedule undoubtedly has an effect on players, with City’s strength in depth set to shine through in this one.

Past Meetings

City have won their last three against Burnley, including a 3-0 triumph earlier this season at the Etihad. The Blues have scored 35 times against Saturday’s visitors in the last 11 meetings between the teams, although this run does stretch back to the 1990s and the two clubs’ days in the second and third tiers of English football.

Team News

City’s 18 game winning run in the Premier League came to an end against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, and there was further bad news in the form of injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Fabian Delph could all be available, although Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy miss out.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is sweating over the fitness of striker Chris Wood, with Ashley Barnes ready to start in his absence if the New Zealander doesn’t make it. Stephen Ward could be fit after a knee injury, but Robbie Brady continues his rehab after knee surgery.

Manchester City v Burnley Preview and Predictions

Whether or not it’s too early to talk about quadruples, City are huge favourites going into this game. We wait for the team sheets with anticipation, but the odds on Burnley causing what would be a huge upset are very long.

City boss Pep Guardiola could hand minutes to some of the players on the fringes of his first team, but most of these players are seasoned internationals and more than capable of carrying out their manager’s precise instructions. The juggernaut may have stalled slightly in the last fixture of 2017, but we can expect plenty more wins from the Blues over the coming year, and they’re priced at 1/5 for this game.

Burnley meanwhile have exceeded expectations so far this season, but they’ll be disappointed with how many points they dropped over the festive period. Perhaps a little bit of fatigue is creeping into the players’ legs, which would be understandable considering the Clarets don’t have the biggest squad in the league.

Dyche’s side are priced at a massive 18/1 to record a shock win at the Etihad, while it’s 8/1 for the teams to be level after 90 minutes. With the prospect of extra-time and penalties, City are 1/11 to qualify for the next round, while Burnley are 9/1.

Recommended Bets

City to win to nil at 9/10

The Blues are imperious at home, and with Burnley averaging less than a goal a game in their Premier League fixtures so far this term, this looks like a good way to increase your odds on City to win.

0-0 after 90 minutes at 33/1

If Guardiola rings the changes then there’s the chance of less cohesion than normal from City, so this bet could be worth a pound or two at this price.

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