Manchester City vs Burnley
England Premier League.
Date: Monday, 2nd January 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be looking for a big response from his players when they host the newly promoted Burnley on Monday.
A narrow 1-0 defeat at Anfield has pushed the sky blues to 5th position in the league table and could do down as low as 6th if Arsenal wins their fixture against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Truth to be told, Manchester City are performing way below their potential. But you can back them to produce a fine performance while playing at their home ground. They are coming on the back of consecutive home wins, with the latest scalp at the Etihad being Wenger’s Arsenal.
Burnley on the other hand earned a thumping 4-1 win against relegation candidate Sunderland on the New Year’s Eve. They are a side that delivers the result at home. All of their 7 wins this season has come at home, which means they are winless in the 8 away games so far this season. However, you can expect Sean Dyche and his men to be under no sort of pressure as they are sitting at a comfortable distance from the relegation zone. Burnley are 11th in the league and has 23 points in their bag.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Head-to-head stats
The Citizens were held to draws in their last two home matches against Burnley – 2-2 on 2014 and 3-3 on 2009.
Man City are unbeaten in the last 12 home matches against Burnley since 1963.
Burnley’s only win against City in 15 competitive matches was during the 2014/15 season, when George Boyd scored the lone goal.
Manchester City vs Burnley: Prediction
It is inevitable that Manchester City must win here to keep up with pace in the title race. This is a perfect opportunity for them as Burnley as a side that haven’t won away from home this season. But the visitors are under no pressure to deliver a result here, which could make this a complicated affair. But City could eventually get a win here, but Burnley will be able to reduce the margin by 1 goal.