Burnley v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Burnley v Manchester City

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Turf Moor

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Chelsea start this game as strong favourites but this looks set to be a tough clash for the top-four hopefuls. The London side have lost their last two Premier League games while Villa have beaten Newcastle and gained a draw at Old Trafford in that time. Therefore it may be worth putting a small punt on Aston Villa in the Double Chance market with Bet365 which is currently priced at 5/2. We also think that goals will not be easy to come by for either team playing so soon after some tough fixtures which makes the under 3.5 goals market look very appealing at 4/5.

Defending champions Manchester City face another tricky away day as their faltering defence of the title enters a crucial juncture against a solid if slightly inconsistent Burnley side.

Stuttering City paying for not replacing Kompany?

With sixteen goals conceded from fourteen games so far this campaign, it is not hard to see where the defence of their title is beginning to turn sour for the champions. The failure to replace Vincent Kompany with a new centre back of any quality looked questionable in the summer, the Citizens refusing to meet Harry Maguire’s asking price, with the defender eventually moving to arch rivals Manchester United.

CIty may already be rueing that decision, with holding midfielder Fernandinho being preferred to a recognized centre back in the shape of Nicolas Otamendi a damning indictment on the Argentine and the lack of depth being exposed by the injury to Aymeric Laporte. With John Stones look nervy and error prone and City having already gone through a host of left backs so far this season, it is difficult to see how they will not continue to drop points if their only mantra is to try and score two or three goals every game and outscore opposing teams.

Inconsistent Burnley battling to overturn history?

With a reasonable first third of the campaign behind them, Burnley are exactly halfway up the table in tenth position with a goal difference of zero. The pattern of their season has been a couple of good results usually followed by an unexpected loss, as was the case as they went down limply 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on the weekend.

Manager Sean Dyche will be demanding better from his side on Tuesday, but the weight of history is strongly against them. With just one win in 26 games against the so called ‘top six’ sides, Burnley have all too often huffed and puffed but ended up with little to show for their endeavours. That win was coincidentally against City back in March 2015, but against the Citizens that remains their only win in the last 22 encounters between the two sides. Dyche will be desperate to put that right and add a big scalp to his already impressive CV.

Team News

Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood has served his one-match ban but could still miss out due to a groin injury, robbing him of a chance to make his 200th Premier League appearance. Charlie Taylor is also a doubt after limping out at the weekend suffering a hamstring problem but the experienced Erik Pieters should be fit.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will miss out with suspension after accumulating five yellow cards, while key forward Sergio Aguero remains out with a thigh injury and is also struggling to make the Manchester Derby on the weekend.

Burnley to throw another spanner in the works?

With City’s defence looking vulnerable, the Clarets may not have a better chance of claiming a famous scalp, especially with two in form strikers upfront in Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes to trouble City. The Citizen’s resolve will be tested to the maximum against a partisan home crowd on a bitterly cold evening, and the result and performance may well indicate if they still have the stomach for a title battle.

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Chelsea start this game as strong favourites but this looks set to be a tough clash for the top-four hopefuls. The London side have lost their last two Premier League games while Villa have beaten Newcastle and gained a draw at Old Trafford in that time. Therefore it may be worth putting a small punt on Aston Villa in the Double Chance market with Bet365 which is currently priced at 5/2. We also think that goals will not be easy to come by for either team playing so soon after some tough fixtures which makes the under 3.5 goals market look very appealing at 4/5.

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