Manchester City vs Burnley
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
The reigning champions managed to get to the top of the league standings before the international break. Even as they are top in the standings, they are only there curtsey or their strong scoring power. They remain the top scoring team in the EPL.
They will be hosting Burnley at a time they need to outperform every team for the next few matches to widen the gap between them and other top contenders. Most notably, the Citizens are in great form, having not lost any of their 8 played matches.
Without a doubt, the high flying Sterling will be in the Starting XI alongside Sane and Aguero in the forward position. Meanwhile, Claudio Bravo and Mangala are the only injury concerns for Pep. Kevin De Bruyne has recuperated during the break, although he may not be engaged for long in this matchup.
Burnley is back on track after an outstanding 3-match unbeaten run. They managed to draw against Huddersfield before the international break to settle at the 16th place of the standings.
As they head out to the Etihad Stadium, they have 3 injury concerns which may have a negative impact on their performance. They may pull some stunts to try and measure up with the home side, but they are facing a stronger side.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Head-to-Head
- The last h2h meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.
- In the last 5 h2h meetings, Manchester City has been the most dormant with 4 victories.
- Four in the last five meetings have ended with over 2.5 goals.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Prediction
Pep Guardiola’s side is unbeaten in the last played eight Premier League fixtures. They have successfully kept four clean sheets in a row. We should not expect anything less than scooping 3 points in this one unless they get into this one with overconfidence.
Burnley is unbeaten in their last 3 games and may be motivated to come into this game with high spirits. They are known to pull out some stunts against big teams. After all, did we not see them draw against the Citizens in their last encounter?
The outcome of this match is rather predictable and does not need much to decipher. Burnley has not won away to City since in 1963 and it is highly unlikely they will record a historic win on Saturday.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Betting Tips
Manchester City Handicap -1.5 @ 3/5 (1.60)
Sterling to score at any time @ 4/5 (1.80).