Manchester City host Burnley on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium with the chance to go top of the table with a win and results for Liverpool and Chelsea going the Cityzens’ way. Pep Guardiola’s team are two points off of first place in a cluttered top six. Just two points separate first-place Chelsea and sixth-place Brighton going into matchday 8.

Manchester City vs Burnley Match Preview

Burnley wish they were in a fight for a spot in the top six. Instead, the Clarets are in the bottom three of the Premier League standings. Sean Dyche’s team has taken three points from 21 on offer this season. All three points have come from draws as the team is winless thus far. A win or draw at the Etihad Stadium could move Burnley out of the bottom three.

With Newcastle United’s new found riches, it is expected that the Magpies will move out of the relegation zone sooner than later. If so, it would leave Burnley with a mountain to climb out of the relegation zone. Four teams, including Burnley, go into matchday 8 having failed to win a game this season.

The Clarets are winless in 19 straight games against Manchester City in all competitions. The last time Burnley managed a point versus the Cityzens was during the 2017-18 league season.

Manchester City vs Burnley Betting Odds

 

 

Manchester City took 14 points from the last 18 on offer in the league. They top the current Premier League form table. However, two of their last three games finished as draws against Southampton and Liverpool.

 

The Cityzens’ defence was excellent over the course of their last six matches conceding just two goals. Liverpool were the team to score those goals as five straight matches finished without Manchester City conceding a goal. The Cityzens also scored 14 times during their last six games.

Burnley took just three points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League. Dyche has seen improvements of late with the team’s last two games both finishing in draws. A 2-2 draw against Leicester City was followed by a nil-nil stalemate with Norwich City. Burnley conceded nine times over the course of their last six games with four goals for.

Leading bookies’ best betting odds on a Manchester City win at full-time are at 1/7. Burnley’s best betting odds to win at full-time are at 25/1. The last eight games between the Premier League rivals in all competitions finished as wins for the Cityzens.

Manchester City vs Burnley Team News

Manchester City cannot afford to overlook Burnley. They have a Champions League group stage match versus Club Brugge the following Tuesday in Belgium. Club Brugge took points off of Paris Saint-Germain in the group and Manchester City cannot afford to drop points in a very competitive group.

Guardiola will have key stars coming back from high-level international matches. Kevin De Bruyne and Ferran Torres both played significant minutes in the Nations League semifinal and final. Meanwhile, Ederson suited up for Brazil in South American World Cup qualifiers.

Ederson will miss the game due to Brazil playing on Thursday and quarantine rules in England keeping the goalkeeper out of action. Zach Steffen will step into goal for Ederson after the international break. The American shot-stopper avoided playing against Panama, a red-listed country, to prevent quarantining upon return to Manchester.

Guardiola could have the duo of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan back from injuries. Both players are in line to return to the team. Dyche has four players on the Burnley injury list. Maxwel Cornet and Ben Mee are both in line to return to the team from their injuries. Meanwhile, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dale Stephens are likely to miss out through injury.

Manchester City vs Burnley H2H

Manchester City are unbeaten in 19 straight games against Burnley in all competitions. The Cityzens have been excellent dating back to the 2001-02 Championship season against the Clarets. Each of the last eight games in all competitions between these teams finished with Manchester City winning. Manchester City have won the last four games in all competitions to nil.

Sixteen of the last 19 games between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Eleven of the last 19 games in all competitions finished with over 3.5 goals. Saturday’s game by not be a matter of Man City winning, but how many goals will they score?

Manchester City vs Burnley Prediction

Manchester City to win to nil @ 8/11 - BET NOW

 

 

Manchester City have won to nil against Burnley in their last four matches in all competitions. Our betting tips prediction is for this trend to continue on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. Burnley have scored the league’s second-fewest goals with five in seven matches. Burnley have an xG of 7.81, which is the seventh-lowest in the league.

 

Manchester City to win both halves @ 1/2 - BET NOW

 

 

Manchester City should have no issue with scoring in both halves and winning both halves. Manchester City have won both halves in four times in 10 games in all competitions this season. Our betting tips prediction is for Manchester City to win both halves against Burnley on Saturday at home.

 

Over 3.5 goals @ 1/1 - BET NOW

 

 

Sixteen of the last 19 games between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Eleven of the last 19 games in all competitions finished with over 3.5 goals. Saturday’s game by not be a matter of Man City winning, but how many goals will they score? Our betting tips prediction is for Saturday’s game between Manchester City and Burnley to end with over 3.5 goals scored.

 

Manchester City could move into first place on Saturday with a win, but they need Liverpool and Chelsea to drop points. Manchester City are playing well and should have no issue putting a large number of goals past Burnley’s defence. The Cityzens are winless in their last two games, but that trend should end on Saturday at the Etihad versus Burnley.