Manchester City vs Burnley preview, betting tips and prediction: Dominant hosts to end Clarets impressive away run
Manchester City to in 4-0 @ 7/1 with Coral
Manchester City to win 3-0 with Leroy Sane scoring last @ 16/1 with Coral
Manchester City to win with over 4.5 goals @ 6/4 with Coral
The fact Manchester City are as low as 7/1 to win as comfortably as 4-0 says a lot about the form Pep Guardiola’s side are in right now. They have scored 29 goals in just eight Premier League games this season, with a number of different players getting on the scoresheet. They are arguably the best team to watch in Europe this season, and certainly the most efficient right now. The bookmakers have been rather unfair to their opponents on Saturday, Burnley, who have been to a number of big grounds so far yet remain unbeaten on the road.
The Clarets have impressed a huge amount, particularly away from home. They beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend before snatching draws at Tottenham and Liverpool and winning at Everton most recently. They will feel they have an opportunity this weekend, but as the bookies have outlined, it would be their biggest shock yet if they managed to get a result of any sort against a team who has blitzed past most of their opponents so far.
As always, it is crucial to keep it tight in defence but that is easier said than done against City. Their trademark goal right now seems to be getting down to the byline and pulling the ball back; either a fullback or winger will cross and often the other will go into the box to join the opposite winger, striker and attacking midfield player. This kind of overload is almost impossible to deal with for any team, but City can afford to get that many players forward because they pin teams back. So far, only Everton have managed to frustrate City at home and that came at a time where they hadn’t quite hit their stride.
Burnley will look to go direct to Chris Wood up front, which may get them out of danger but it is tough to see it helping them build attacks because he will not have much support. Burnley will need to be extremely fit to cope with City and then attack them. Wood has been in good form since joining from Leeds United in the summer, netting three goals, including against West Ham last week.
Key battle: Kevin de Bruyne vs Jack Cork
If there is a way of stopping Manchester City, it starts with stopping Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian playmaker has been in stunning form this season, getting two assists in the 7-2 win over Stoke last weekend.
Whether it is with his ability to bring the ball forward at his feet or pick a devastating pass, de Bruyne is the main creative force at City. There are so many, but it all starts with him. Jack Cork usually likes to get up and down the pitch, but he will be sat deep trying to protect his defence from whatever de Bruyne throws at it.