Manchester City

V

Etihad Stadium

06/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Burnley

V

Etihad Stadium

06/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Their winning run may have come to an unlikely end against Crystal Palace, but Manchester City are massive favourites to progress against Burnley in this FA Cup tie.

Last time: City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in September, courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero, Nicholas Otamendi and Leroy Sane. It was the Blues’ seventh win in what turned out to be a run of 18 straight Premier League victories.

This time: City are 1/5 for the win, while Burnley are available at 18/1 and the draw is 8/1.

You might remember: Emanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Carlos Tevez, Patrick Vieira and Vincent Kompany all getting on the scoresheet as City battered Burnley 6-1 at Turf Moor in 2010. It meant the Blues had scored 24 goals in five games against the Clarets, stretching back to meetings in the second and third tier.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

It seems to be a hot topic at the moment, but it’s a possibility that both sides will rest some of their key performers after the busy festive period. Whether Sean Dyche follows Mark Hughes’ lead in a secession to City’s overwhelming strength remains to be seen, but Guardiola will surely take the opportunity to make a few changes.

Manchester City are 1/5 for the win, and will be heavy favourites whoever starts the game. The Blues have two strong options for virtually every position on the pitch, but talented youngster Phil Foden unfortunately misses out in a game he might’ve expected to get a run out because of injury. With talk of an unprecedented quadruple gathering pace, you can fully expect City to be at the races under their manager’s ever-intense motivation.

Burnley are huge underdogs at 18/1, which although very unlikely, could be tempting for a cheeky bet. Despite promising wins over Watford and Stoke and a draw at Old Trafford, the Christmas period turned out to be a disappointing month for the Clarets. They dropped 15 points from their nine games in December and New Year’s Day clash with Liverpool, which has left them looking back over their shoulders to Leicester rather than upwards towards the top four.

The teams are 8/1 to be level after 90 minutes, which is perhaps a more realistic shout than Burnley taking the game in normal time. With extra-time and penalties to come if the scores are level, the visitors are 9/1 to qualify, while the price you can get on City drops to 1/11.

Sergio Aguero is 11/4 to open the scoring, as he did from the penalty spot against Burnley earlier in the campaign. With Jesus out, the Argentine is likely to start up top in this one, and he’s priced at 8/13 to score anytime. City are 10/3 to score a penalty, and 4/6 to be leading at both half time and full time.

Ashley Barnes is 17/1 to score the first goal of the game, and he’ll start if Wood doesn’t make it, with the New Zealand hitman priced at 14/1. Johann Gudmundsson thought he’d earned the Clarets a point against Liverpool with his late strike, and he’s 17/2 to get his second goal in a week.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The same again. City were 3-0 winners against Burnley earlier this season at the Etihad, and the Blues are 27/4 to record the same scoreline on Saturday. If you think Aguero will notch the first of three unanswered goals, the odds increase to 16/1.

2

We fancy:

City to win to nil at 9/10. With such short odds on City winning this game, you’ll need to find other ways of getting value out of the home team. This bet is a good place to start, while you can get 6/5 on City winning both halves of the game.

 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Goalless after normal time at 33/1. If the Clarets can frustrate City the way Palace did and keep their 12th clean sheet of the season, 0-0 after 90 minutes could come into play. It’d be some achievement for Burnley, against a team that’s only failed to score twice so far this term.

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!