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Manchester City will be visiting Turf Moor this Saturday, as it takes on hosts Burnley in a bid to extend its lead at the top of the points table.
After sitting unchallenged at the top of the table for the most part of the English Premier League 2021-22 season, Manchester City has squandered away important points in the last few games. Just as we have entered the business end of the season Manchester City has dropped points in 3 of its last 7 games, including a surprising goalless draw against Crystal Palace in its last outing.
While most football betting sites had predicted an easy win for the away team, Crystal Palace put up a sterling defense to protect its net despite the Citizens holding on to the ball 74% of the time. With Liverpool just one point behind, Pep Guardiola knows that there is no room for error if the team wants to win the League for the second consecutive season.
Burnley is at the opposite end of the points table, at the 19th spot with 21 points. The club needs 4 more points to get back to safety. However, to its advantage, it still has 11 games in hand to make it out of the bottom 3. Burnley has been winless in its last 4 games and has suffered 3 consecutive defeats going into this game, including a 2-0 loss against Brentford in its latest outing. However, the fans will have some hope this weekend due to the fact that 3 of Burnley’s 4 wins this season have come in home games.
Nevertheless, winning against Manchester City looks to be a steep task.
Match prediction and betting tips for Burnley F. C. vs Manchester City F. C. Premier League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Turf Moor Stadium, Burnley, on 2nd April 2022.
Despite not being in the best of form, Manchester City has more than enough firepower within the team to overcome any challenge that Burnley might throw at them. With the Premier League title at stake, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pep Guardiola pushing his boys harder than ever to fight for the 3 points. Except for Ruben Dias, he has no major injury concerns.
Burnley on the other hand has nowhere to go except upwards and will be playing fearlessly to pick up at least one point. Johan Berg Gudmundsson will most likely miss out from this fixture due to injury, while Matej Vydra, Ben Mee, and Erik Pieters are doubtful.
We predict that the visitors should win this one comfortably.
Bet on a Manchester City win.
In the past 9 head to head encounters between the two teams, Burnley has managed to score in only 1 game. Given that Manchester City has kept a clean sheet in 17 games this season, and it has a rock-solid defense, it is likely that Burnley will find it difficult to score.
With 10 goals so far, Mahrez is the joint highest scorer for the Citizens this season. Being one of the chief penalty takers in the side, we think that he will get ample opportunities to score in this game. His pace is unsettling even for the best of defenses, something that Burnley is certainly not, while the quality of balls he gets playing for Manchester City is also second to none.