25th of January 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City will try to advance in the FA Cup as well after having qualified for the League Cup final, they will face fellow Premiership side Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round on Saturday. The Citizens had a pretty easy task against the Clarets in the Premier League in October, they won the match 5-0 with goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane. That was the fifth victory in the last six direct matches for Manchester City, but Burnley surely remember that they have defeated the Citizens 1-0 at Turf Moor in 2015.
Manchester City have booked their place in the League Cup final with a routine 1-0 victory at Burton earlier this week, a tame win after the 9-0 hammering that they pulled off in the first leg. That result extended their winning streak to seven matches in all competitions and they have also recorded five consecutive clean sheets. The previous round of the FA Cup saw Manchester City hammer Championship side Rotherham 7-0, while last weekend the Citizens won 3-0 at Premier League bottom side Huddersfield. Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany are injured for the home side.
Burnley are not having a great season so far, at least not if you compare it with the last campaign. Last season they finished seventh in the Premier League and had the chance to play in an European competition for the first time since the 1966-1967 season, but now they are just above the relegation zone. The FA Cup could be a chance for the Clarets to reach Europe again, but they will need to pull off a few big upsets to get there. In the previous round Burnley defeated Barnsley 1-0, while last weekend they grabbed a goalless draw at Watford in the Premier League. Aaron Lennon and Matthew Lowton are injured, while Phil Bardsley and Johann Gudmundsson are doubts.
Man City: Ederson - Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy - De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva - Sterling, Jesus, Sane
Burnley: Pope - Bardsley, Gibson, Long, Taylor - McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick, Brady - Wood
My prediction: Manchester City to win 2-0, it should be pretty straightforward for the Citizens.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Man City win - 1.07
Draw - 15.00
Burnley win - 41.00
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The only decent team City have met in both of the domestic cups so far this season have been Leicester away and they needed penalty shoot out to win that.
And that's not only this season...it's getting ridiculous how lucky they've been with the draws for the last 2 or 3 seasons and it valid for the CL draws as well.
No one of the other top sides (or any) has been even close to that but despite of that Guardiola keeps putting what has to be close to his best 11 to score 8ts and 9ns to the teams like Burton and Rotherham...congrats to them...yet another 5 to the struggling Burnley.
They will pay the price for that in the end like always in the CL but in the PL too (this time)...enjoy the routs right now...will see what they made off when it really matters...I know the answer of that already by the way.
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