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Manchester City vs Burnley betting tips: FA Cup quarter-final preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Match preview

Will Manchester City, once again, book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals?

The Citizens won the cup in 2019 and have reached the last four in all three subsequent seasons, although they’ve suffered defeats at this stage against Arsenal, Chelsea and then Liverpool.

So far this year, Pep Guardiola’s team have already dumped out both Chelsea and Arsenal, before swatting aside Bristol City at Ashton Gate earlier this month.

The Sky Blues are fighting on three fronts, sat five points below Arsenal in the Premier League, also keeping the Champions League dream alive earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Man City demolished RB Leipzig 7-0 in the second leg, with Erling Braut Håland scoring five times in less than an hour.

They’ll now face Bayern Munich in a mouthwatering quarter-final clash, with the winners taking on Chelsea or Real Madrid.

Burnley meanwhile have only won this competition once, doing so in 1914, with this their first appearance in round six since 2003.

To get here, Vincent Kompany’s side have ousted Bournemouth, Ipswich and Fleetwood, thereby setting up a return to the Etihad for the Belgian.

More importantly, the Clarets are 13 points clear at the top of the Championship, having lost just two league games all season.

Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at Hull leaves them 19 points clear of third, having accumulated 45 points from a possible 51 since their last defeat on 5 November.

In December, Burnley were beaten 2-0 in the Carabao Cup by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

This time, can the run-away Championship leaders spring a massive surprise against the favourites to win this season’s FA Cup?

Manchester City team news

Even though there’s an international break after this, it seems likely that Pep Guardiola will rotate his XI.

Stefan Ortega, Aymeric Laporte Rico Lewis, Kalvin Phillips, Riyāḍ Maḥrez, Phil Foden and Julián Álvarez, who were all on the bench in mid-week, seem likely to come in.

Máximo Perrone has played just 20 minutes, across two appearances, since arriving from Vélez Sarsfield, hoping to add to that here.

With Julián Álvarez likely to lead the line, Erling Braut Håland’s first-ever FA Cup goal will have to come from the bench, if at all.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ortega; Lewis, Stones, Laporte, Aké; Phillips, Gündoğan, Silva, Foden, Maḥrez; Álvarez.

Burnley team news

Arijanet Murić and Taylor Harwood-Bellis can play against their former clubs; the latter is eligible, despite being on loan.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell has played in all four FA Cup ties so far, so it’ll be interesting to see if he comes in for Murić again.

Meanwhile, Southampton loanee Nathan Tella has been on fire this season, scoring 17 league goals, which is only three fewer than Southampton.

Of the potential starters, only Connor Roberts, Jack Cork, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and Ashley Barnes were part of the squad who were relegated last season.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Peacock-Farrell; Roberts, Ekdal, Beyer, Maatsen; Cullen, Berg Guðmundsson, Vitinho, Tella, Zaroury; Barnes.

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Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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