Burnley v Manchester City tips: Two on the bounce for Citizens
Manchester City will be aiming for back-to-back wins when they face Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon
November 25th, 2016
Pep Guardiola made a tremendous start at the Etihad Stadium following his summer move to Manchester City, his first six games in charge returning maximum points, however a surprise defeat to Tottenham Hotspur kick-started a dismal run which saw them manage just two wins in six games. This dip in form allowed Liverpool and Chelsea to leapfrog them in the race for the Premier League title although just a single point separates the three sides with Chelsea top of the pile as things stand.
Burnley should provide City with an opportunity to keep apace with the league leaders although boss Guardiola insists that improvement is needed should his side be in with a chance of snatching the title at the end of the season.
“I want to be honest with you… we are not going to win the titles in the way we played,” he said after last weekend’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. “The players know that because they play really, really good [before] and they know that playing that way we can achieve our targets. So we cannot forget that a few weeks ago we beat the best team in Europe [Barcelona], but there are games during the season, like after the international break, that you are not brilliant.”
Can Guardiola get this much needed improvement at Turf Moor this weekend? We believe so and let’s be honest, even an out-of-form City should have enough to see off Burnley on Saturday. Indeed City should be in high spirits having secured for themselves a place in the last sixteen of the Champions League thanks to their 1-1 midweek draw against Monchengladbach and they will be aiming to secure another victory as they look to keep the pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool.
Nevertheless Burnley shouldn’t be written out of the equation completely. The Clarets were never expected to impress this season but they have more than held their own in their first season back in the Premier League and they could cause the less-than-solid City defence a problem or two during the ninety minutes, therefore we’ll be backing the Clarets to score in a Manchester City win on Saturday.
Having managed three goals in his previous three City outings, Sergio Aguero would normally look like a pretty solid bet on the anytime goalscorer market, however we’ll be backing Kevin de Bruyne in this fixture. The Belgian has managed just three goals so far this season but he regularly causes headaches for opposing defences and will likely prove a real thorn in the side for Burnley on Saturday with Unibet going 17/11 for De Bruyne on the anytime goalscorer market.
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