Man City will be aiming to make it two wins from two since the Premier League restart when they welcome Burnley to the Etihad on Monday night.
Both sides have little to play for going into the remaining stretch of fixtures with City’s title bid all but over while Burnley sit 12th in the table where they have a 12 point buffer over the bottom-three.
Pep Guardiola’s side prolonged Liverpool’s wait for the title courtesy of a 3-0 triumph over Arsenal in their first game back, but even another victory over Burnley will not be enough if the champions-elect keep winning. It had been 101 days since the Manchester derby defeat at Old Trafford and there were plenty of unknowns heading into the encounter given the extended break and unusual surroundings.
Burnley entered the enforced break in play in fantastic form, unbeaten in seven Premier League matches and with four wins to their name in that period. The morale boost brought on by that run will have faded, but they can provide tough defensive opposition on their day. The Clarets have conceded 17 goals in four trips here across the last two seasons but go into this game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run.
Reason for predictions:
-Manchester City have won 10 of their 14 Premier League home games this season.
-Burnley have lost five of their last 10 Premier League away games and have failed to score on five occasions.
-Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in 75% of the Premier League games Aymeric Laporte has featured in, compared to just 24% without him.
-Manchester City have averaged 2.57 goals per home game this term.
Burnley have been soundly beaten on more occasions than usual already this season, and despite their good form before lockdown we can see this one being another one-sided affair.
Man City looked very sharp against Arsenal and should only be better again with that first game back now out of the way, so we are predicting a difficult night for Dyche’s side.
Man City Only (Teams To Score) @ 1.73