Can Burnley make life tough for Pep's side in the live Saturday lunchtime clash?
Burnley v Man City - Saturday 12:30, BT Sport 1
Burnley slumped to a 4-0 defeat away at West Brom on Monday night, the fourth time in their last five away matches where they’ve conceded at least three. They were sloppy during the first half in particular and Sean Dyche accused his team afterwards of being “weak-willed” and of getting “drunk on the ball”. It was the first time this season that his side enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball, but against City we can expect the Clarets to revert to type. Their home form has been markedly better, where they’ve won four of the last six since an opening day defeat to Swansea, and their only other defeat at Turf Moor this season was a narrow loss to a late Arsenal goal.
Man City have a tough fixture list coming up as they host Chelsea next week before having to play both Arsenal and Liverpool before the new year. Throw in the demands of the Champions League and Pep Guardiola may look to freshen up his team here as he did with the introduction of Yaya Toure last week at Palace. The Ivorian showed his worth with both their goals to down the Eagles, but a lack of clean sheets will concern Guardiola with only one in their last nine away from the Etihad.
Indeed, both teams have scored in 12 of Man City’s last 15 games, and despite encounters at Turf Moor typically being low scoring affairs, we think this one might contain a few goals. Four of Burnley’s last five have seen at least three, with at least four goals in three of these including each of their last two. We’re backing Man City/both teams to score.