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Burnley have picked up seven points from their last three games after a shocking start to the season, but their bouncebackability will be tested to the ultimate limit with this weekend’s visit to Premier League leaders City. Guardiola’s men are one of three unbeaten sides all clumped on 20 points, and are top on goal difference, something which could be reinforced if they live up to Manchester City vs Burnley betting tips here and hand out a widely-expected thumping to a Burnley side that could only draw with Huddersfield in their last outing.

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20. October 2018 | 15:00
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City to win and more than 3.5 goals
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Sterling to score first
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Man City 5-0
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If you’re thinking of backing Manchester City to win here, have a look at their odds, laugh, and look for a way to make that hunch more backable. Of course they’re huge favourites, so for a more reasonable short-odds bet, back them to win with at least 3.5 goals in the game. Ladbrokes will give you 3/4 on that happening. City winger Raheem Sterling silenced his England doubters with a fine double against Spain on Monday, and with his confidence raised is 15/4 with Toals to open the scoring here, which could be among the Manchester City vs Burnley best odds of the afternoon. Finally, even the correct score market is tricky for value-seekers. 888sport will give you 17/2 on the hosts winning this one 5-0. If they’re in the mood, they could well do that.

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Manchester City vs Burnley Betting Tips: Form Guide

Guardiola Learns To Compromise

Having suffered three times in a row at the hands of Liverpool, there was a feeling that Pep Guardiola had met his match in Jurgen Klopp, which made City’s last game – a visit to Anfield – a serious test of his dominance over the English game. In the event, Guardiola did something no-one expected. He took a more defensive approach, asking the attack-minded Bernardo Silva to sit in midfield and offer Fernandinho more support against a hard-pressing Liverpool side. Having conceded nine goals in those three defeats, City were cheered to leave Anfield with a 0-0 draw, which could have been a 1-0 win had Riyad Mahrez slotted a late penalty.

This very un-Pep caution came on the back of four consecutive wins in which the Citizens delivered twelve goals. City have found their attacking stride and, although the trip to Liverpool added to an international break mean that it has been three weeks since they last scored, they probably haven’t forgotten how to. Brighton’s brave defensive effort kept the leaders to just a 2-0 win at the Etihad in the last home game, and that was following a trip to Cardiff which ended in a 5-0 thrashing of Neil Warnock’s Premier League tourists.

The absence of injured midfield magician Kevin de Bruyne was mooted as a possible reason that Guardiola’s side would struggle through the early months of this season. However, Bernardo’s mature performances in his stead have indicated that the former Monaco youngster has plenty to offer going forward, and the ease with which the hosts have handled the loss of de Bruyne contributes to the positive Manchester City vs Burnley betting tips for today.

Buoyant Burnley’s “Normal” Service Resumed?

After five games of this season, Burnley’s Premier League points total sat at one, they sat in last place in the league, and having been knocked out of Europe early on they didn’t even have anything to show for a remarkable seventh-place finish last time out. Having impressed everyone just by staying up in 2017, it looked like the backlash was finally, belatedly, showing up. However, recent outings have indicated that the old, battling Burnley are still in there, and could put together a decent season yet. That was how it looked, anyway, before a possibly worrying 1-1 draw with a Huddersfield side whose presence in the Premier League still feels a bit like a hoax.

Everyone has hiccups, of course, and in many ways that draw was the visitors’ tribute to the Burnley of recent seasons – absorbing a heck of a lot of pressure before escaping with a draw they seemed to have no right to. The Clarets themselves, meanwhile, have picked up a few wins – going to Cardiff and eking out a 2-1 win in unpleasant conditions, on the back of an excellent 4-0 win over Bournemouth. It all adds up to a sense that Sean Dyche’s men will pick up enough points in the attritional battles against relegation candidates and also-rans to ensure Premier League survival, and maybe more.

The one fly in that ointment is that Manchester City are as far from an also-ran as you can get, and Manchester City vs Burnley match previews are reasonable in expecting the hosts to take all three points here. Former City keeper Joe Hart is expected to line up between the sticks for the visitors, and will know better than anyone what a workout he’s likely to be in for this afternoon.

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The Last Five Games

Manchester City VS. Burnley

  • Man City Form4 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 matches
  • Man City Goals12 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Burnley Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Burnley Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
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Manchester City vs Burnley Preview: Recent Meetings

Burnley will take every little bit of encouragement they can from the result the last time these sides met, when they pulled off a creditable 1-1 draw at Turf Moor against a City side that dominated for eighty minutes. The visitors went 1-0 up through a Danilo strike on 22 minutes and, less than twenty minutes from the end, should have led 2-0; Raheem Sterling missing a chance that will still make him cringe to this day. Buoyed by that miss, Burnley regathered themselves and levelled the scores on 82 minutes through Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

The sides met on two other occasions last season. In the FA Cup at the Etihad in early January, Ashley Barnes gave the visitors a half-time lead before four unanswered City goals in the second stanza. Meanwhile, the league game at the same venue, almost exactly a year ago to this day, ended 3-0 to the hosts – Aguero, Sane and Otamendi providing the goals.

Manchester City vs Burnley Prediction: Heavy Home Win

It’s tempting to look at any game involving a hard-working but limited side like Burnley and an elite unit like Manchester City, and come out with a ton of platitudes. City will know they’ve been in a game, and Burnley won’t disgrace themselves here. Neither of those facts precludes England’s best club side – by probably a considerable distance, despite Liverpool’s obvious quality – from going out there and hammering a side who simply can’t offer the range of attacking options that the defending champions have in their locker.

That’s what’s behind our Manchester City vs Burnley prediction. There is no lack of respect for Burnley, or for as under-rated a manager as Dyche, in saying that the hosts will win this one, and probably by a wide margin. When Guardiola’s side are in their groove, the best sides in Europe are under threat of a sore one – as Liverpool, who lost 5-0 here last season, can tell you. We’re predicting a heavy win for the hosts – 5-0 wouldn’t be a surprise – and for Burnley to recognise that their season is not going to live or die by what happens here. They’ll be safe come May, but they probably won’t be for ninety minutes this weekend.

Thanks for reading, and as always, keep coming back to Betting.org for more match previews and betting tips as the season progresses. We’ll keep providing the information you need to make the best bets!

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