Burnley vs Manchester City Preview

February 2, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks of at Turf Moor where Burnley take on runaway leaders Manchester City.

The Clarets winless run extended to nine games in all competitions midweek as they drew with Newcastle United, though they remain in seventh place and can move to within four points of the top six if they can get what would be just their sixth home league win of the campaign.

James Tarkowski is set to return to the starting line-up after missing the trip to St. James’s Park with a groin problem though Steven Defour is set to miss at least two months with a knee injury.

Sam Vokes can be backed at 14.0 (13/1) to get the first goal of the game with Unibet, with Ashley Barnes a 19.0 (18/1) shot with Sky Bet.

The home win is 13.0 (12/1) with a number of firms with the visitors as highly priced as the 1.28 (5/18) on offer from a variety of bookmakers. The draw can be backed at 6.1 (51/10) with Unibet.

After their first defeat of the season in mid-January Pep Guardiola’s side are well and truly back to winning ways.

Four victories on the trot, in three different competitions have kept them well on course for a historic quadruple and another triumph here will see them move a colossal eighteen points clear at the top of the table.

David Silva could miss out after being substituted in Wednesday evening’s 3-0 win over bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion while Fernandinho is available after escaping retrospective punishment for a clash with Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Sergio Aguero is favourite to get the opening goal at a widely available 3.5 (5/2) with Raheem Sterling a 5.5 (9/2) chance with Sky Bet.

The Citizens won the reverse league fixture 3-0 at the Etihad back in October while they followed that up with a 4-1 come-from-behind victory over the Lancashire outfit in the third round of the FA Cup last month.

With those results in mind you may be tempted to back the champions elect to win with three or more goals in the game this time around at 1.87 (13/15) with Ladbrokes.

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