Burnley vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 28th April 2019
Kick-off at 14.05 UK/ 15.05 CET
Venue: Turf Moor (Burnley).
We are witnessing one of the best Premier League title races in recent memory. We were fortunate enough to see the battle between the two Manchester rivals seven years back when the cry “Aguerooooo…” put an end to a wait of almost 40 years. Three more match-days remain in the competition, and this time around, it’s between City and Liverpool.
If Manchester is able to win their last three games, no matter what the Reds do, the title would remain in their hands. A single draw and it would be Liverpool taking charge of the race.
Burnley has no overwhelming need to win this game. They are practically safe from relegation, and for them, the remaining three match-days is a mere formality. But the chance to spoil the title bid of the defending champions might tempt them to spring into action.
Burnley vs Manchester City Prediction
City is the overwhelming favorite to take the win here. They were unlucky to be booted out of the Champions League in the last minute, on the basis of away goals, and the fans saw their quadruple dreams vanish in a puff. Now, at any cost, they need the Premier League title and want to become the first team in a decade to defend their league crown.
All they have to do is win the next three league ties, and considering they won difficult fixtures like the ones against Spurs, and the Old Trafford game, only a cynic would bet against Pep Guardiola’s men now. Moreover, Liverpool has the additional responsibility of the Champions League, and against Barcelona of all teams.
Against Burnley, Manchester won six of their last seven fixtures and recorded 12 of the last 13 wins. They have also lost just once at this venue. In addition, Manchester recorded a 5-0 win in the reverse fixture of this tie and has scored five or more goals in the last two h2h ties, and that too while keeping clean sheets. Finally, 14 of the last 17 h2h encounters saw Manchester registering two or more goals.