Manchester City vs Burnley
English FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City host Burnley in one of rare Premier League match-ups in the fourth round of the FA Cup. We can really say Clarets did not have luck with the draw which gave them current Premier League holders as counterparts. The hosts are flying high with eight wins on the trot coming into this tie with Burnley.
Pep Guardiola’s men demolished the Championship outfit Rotherham United 7-0 at Etihad in the third round. Interestingly, neither played bagged a brace on the occasion which only confirms the depth the Spanish manager has in his ranks.
Guardiola mixed up his cards entirely in mid-week’s League Cup semi-final against Burton Albion. The Citizens had secured the final there after the first leg which saw them bag a demolishing 9-0 victory over the Brewers.
The reverse fixture was only a formality, but Man City claimed another victory (0-1) through Sergio Aguero’s goal.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Head-to-head
The Citizens destroyed Clarets 5-0 at Etihad when teams met each other in mid-October last year.
Man City won five and drew one of past six head to head encounters with Burnley.
The Citizens scored as many as 12 goals in last three home ties with Clarets.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Prediction
Sean Dyche and his men are having a roller-coaster campaign in this term of the Premier League. They took advantage of the easier schedule in the last couple of weeks to pick up four wins and a draw in five games in all competitions. Nevertheless, Clarets are still only three points above the drop zone line.
The gulf in quality between these two sides is massive. Manchester City stormed past Huddersfield Town 0-3 on the road last weekend. They did not concede a single goal in past five matches in all competitions. This is why we can hardly predict anything other but an easy and comprehensive victory for the hosts here.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Bet Tips
Manchester City -2.5 handicap @ 1.72 (8/11)
Manchester City to keep a clean sheet @ 1.57 (4/7).