Manchester City v Burnley Preview : City to Continue Good Home Form
- The Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
- Monday 22 June 8pm
- Live on Sky Sports
Manchester City know that their days as reigning Premier League champions are numbered. Our preview looks ahead to their home game against Burnley as they look to continue their massive superiority over their opponents.
Just Keep Winning
The win over Arsenal took Manchester City to within 22 points of leaders Liverpool with nine games remaining. We all know it's just a matter of time before the Reds win the title and it could happen on Monday. If Liverpool can win at Everton on Sunday and City lose this match, then it's game over. Even if Pep Guardiola's team win against Burnley, two wins for Liverpool on Sunday and Wednesday would clinch the title. All City can do is just keep winning games and then hope to land the FA Cup and/or Champions League.
City put on a great display to beat Arsenal last Wednesday and that took them seven points clear of third-placed Leicester City. It was their tenth home league win of the season. They have only conceded 12 home league goals, the joint lowest with Liverpool (an obvious candidate) and Newcastle United (not so obvious). Only Wolves have gone to City in the Premier League this season and not conceded. If they continue the form shown against the Gunners, they could well win this match and be ahead at both half and full time.
City have scored 36 home league goals this season. If they get one, another isn't going to be that far away. Only twice this season have they failed to score at least twice in a home league match. Three of their last five games have seen them keep a clean sheet and eight of the last ten at home in the Premier League have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. Another commanding win looks likely here.
Burnley out to make History
Burnley are tenth in the table at the time this preview is being written. A good run-in could take them into the Europa League but after their last experience of that competition, would they really want it? Depending on where the final qualifying place ends up being (it could be sixth or even seventh), they are a maximum of five points away, so all to play for.
Form before suspension was good with an unbeaten run of seven league games. Three of the last five have been drawn though but one suspects they'd be delighted with a point on Monday. Their run-in isn't too bad with four out of nine against teams in the bottom six. They do have to play Sheffield United, Wolves, Liverpool and of course Manchester City.
Playing City hasn't been fun for Burnley for decades. Burnley have lost eight of their last nine against City conceding 27 goals. They have just one win in the last 46 years and the last away win was in 1963. That was at Maine Road so they are still waiting for their first ever win at the Etihad.
Burnley have only won four away league games this season with just 14 goals scored. They have kept four clean sheets in their last eight away league fixtures but that looks beyond their capabilities here. A Manchester City win on a -2 handicap looks a likely outcome here.
- Manchester City have won three of their last four Premier League games.
- City have kept three clean sheets in their last four league fixtures.
- Three of the last five City home Premier League matches has seen them keep a clean sheet.
- Only two of their last ten home league matches have not had over 2.5 goals scored in them.
- Manchester City have scored at least twice in all but two of their 14 home games in the Premier League this season.
- The reverse fixture took place in December with City winning 4-1 at Turf Moor.
- Manchester City have won eight of their last nine matches against Burnley, with the other drawn.
- 27 goals have been scored by City in those nine games.
- City have lost once to Burnley in the last 46 years and haven't lost at home to them since 1963, when playing at Maine Road.
- Burnley are unbeaten in their last seven league fixtures.
- Three of their last five league games have ended in a draw.
- Two of their last three away games in the Premier League have been won, including a win at Manchester United.
- Four of their last six league games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.