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Manchester City vs Burnley prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Burnley
Is there anything for Manchester City to play for in the Premier League?
It certainly looked as though there was not last weekend but Pep Guardiola will demand his side bounce back.
Burnley though make the short trip into Manchester in fantastic form.
Can the Clarets spring a surprise at the Etihad?
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Manchester City vs Burnley: Who will win?
Manchester City, unsurprisingly, are big favourites to win this one at 2/11.
Burnley meanwhile are 14/1 to beat Man City away for the first time since March 1963.
A draw, which would be a great point for Sean Dyche’s team, is 6/1.
Over 2.5 goals is 2/5.
Both teams to score is 11/10.
Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/9.
Sergio Agüero is Man City’s top scorer this season with 23 goals. He is 15/8 to open the scoring and 2/5 to add to his tally.
Raheem Sterling meanwhile is, somewhat, enduring a goal drought. He’s 7/2 to score first and 21/20 to end that.
Chris Wood has been Burnley’s main man for goals this season. The New Zealander is 9/1 to break the deadlock and 14/5 to net anytime.
Jay Rodriguez has been scoring lately. He’s 12/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.
Both Sterling and Agüero to score is 13/5.
Both Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva to score is 15/2.
Both İlkay Gündoğan and David Silva to score is 18/1.
Both Rodriguez and Wood to score is 25/1.
Both Dwight McNeil and Jeff Hendrick to score is 325/1.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Match preview
Can Manchester City find some focus?
Last weekend, the Citizens were very underwhelming in a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby.
Their expected goals in that one was 0.62 which is their lowest in a Premier League game since April 2019.
That was also their seventh defeat in the league this season, the most Pep Guardiola has ever lost in his managerial career.
Those seven loses have come once in September, once in October, once in November, twice in December, once in February and now one in March.
Their longest league run without a loss in five games.
But, ultimately, it does not matter.
They are 25 points behind league leaders Liverpool who could seal the title this month.
Also, Manchester City are currently banned from UEFA club competitions for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body due to breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations.
This is subject to appeal.
However, on the field, they have a huge game coming up.
They host Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League round of 16 second leg having won the first leg 2-1 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
They’ll be even more desperate for European glory this season so will want to go into that one with some sort of momentum.
Under Pep Guardiola, they’ve lost 32 games and, on 20 occasions, they’ve won the game after, losing back to back games just five times.
Will Burnley be on the wrong end of a beating?
Will Burnley extend their unbeaten run?
Sean Dyche’s side though make the short 24.6 mile journey south in terrific form.
Last weekend, despite dominating for large spells, they could only draw 1-1 with Tottenham at Turf Moor.
Chris Wood putting them in front in that one.
That point does mean that they’ve extended their unbeaten run to seven matches, their longest top-flight unbeaten run for 13 months.
In that time, they’ve beaten Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton and Bournemouth.
The Clarets are now tenth in the table, 12 points above the drop zone and only two off potential European football.
Now on 39 points, they can surely be looking up rather than down.
One thing they won’t want to look at is their record against Manchester City.
In their last nine meetings, Man City have won eight, scoring 27 goals, with the outlier being a 1-1 draw.
Will it be a day to remember for the travelling Burnley fans?
Manchester City team news vs Burnley
UPDATE: Benjamin Mendy is now in self isolation due to Corona Virus.
It is unclear whether there are more Manchester City players that need to be self isolated.
If this match goes ahead, Manchester City will likely be weakened.
Despite the fact they host Real Madrid on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola is highly-unlikely just to rest all of his stars.
Although, a few might sit this one out.
So, usual goalkeeper Ederson will keep his place after Claudio Bravo played recent domestic cup wins.
In defence, João Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko started as full-backs at Old Trafford but neither were convincing.
However, both could be given another chance to impress with Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy protected.
In the centre, Aymeric Laporte is out and wont’ be back by mid-week.
John Stones could come back in alongside Nicolás Otamendi with Fernandinho rested.
In midfield, in this game they won’t need both Rodri and İlkay Gündoğan so the latter might play the anchor role.
Further forward, Phil Foden, aged 19 years and 285 days, became the youngest Englishman to start a Premier League Manchester derby for Man City since February 2008.
He probably won’t start against Real Madrid but, with Kevin De Bruyne a doubt, he should keep his place here.
He’ll come inside with Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling make up the attacking quartet.
David Silva could be saved for Tuesday.
Leroy Sané, who has not played since the Community Shield, could make his return off the bench.
In attack, it’s really the toss of a coin as to whether Sergio Agüero or Gabriel Jesus will start.
The former has scored nine in seven against Burnley.
Will Manchester City get back to winning ways?
Burnley team news vs Manchester City
As for Burnley, Sean Dyche doesn’t often tinker with his XI but has some decisions to make here.
Nick Pope’s tally of 11 means he now has the outright most Premier League clean sheets this season.
He and his two centre-backs are all ever-presents this season so far.
Both Ben Mee and James Tarkowski rank in the top three for blocks and clearances with the latter leading the way for headed clearances too.
The full-backs do change sometimes but currently Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley are starting with Erik Pieters out of favour and Matt Lowton injured.
In midfield, the four of Jeff Hendrick, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood and Dwight McNeil has been the same for the last eight games.
They’ve only lost one of those.
In the middle, Josh Brownhill is still awaiting his first Premier League start.
On the wings, Robbie Brady, Aaron Lennon and the fit again Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson are the alternatives.
Through the middle is where Dyche’s biggest headaches comes.
Matěj Vydra scored in back to back games in February but is quickly getting reacquainted with the bench.
Jay Rodriguez and top-scorer Chris Wood will continue to lead the line.
The latter has netted 11 league goals this season, his best-ever top-flight campaign.
Wood is also the third Burnley player to net more than 10 times in a Premier League campaign.
Ashley Barnes, another man to have achieved this, will be a substitute after returning from a groin injury.
Will this XI leave Manchester with a point or even all three?
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Premier League table:
|2||Manchester City FC||38||26||3||9||102||35||67||81|
|3||Manchester United FC||38||18||12||8||66||36||30||66|
|5||Leicester City FC||38||18||8||12||67||41||26||62|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur FC||38||16||11||11||61||47||14||59|
|7||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||38||15||14||9||51||40||11||59|
|9||Sheffield United FC||38||14||12||12||39||39||0||54|
|13||Newcastle United FC||38||11||11||16||38||58||-20||44|
|14||Crystal Palace FC||38||11||10||17||31||50||-19||43|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||38||9||14||15||39||54||-15||41|
|16||West Ham United FC||38||10||9||19||49||62||-13||39|
|17||Aston Villa FC||38||9||8||21||41||67||-26||35|
|20||Norwich City FC||38||5||6||27||26||75||-49||21|