Burnley vs. Manchester City— A Make Or Break Moment For Manchester City's Title Ambitions

April 2, 2022
Benson Chikezie

English Premier League 2021/2022
Matchday 31
Turf Moor, Burnley, England

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League leaders Manchester City travel to Turf Moor to face relegation-threatened Burnley as they look to address their run of uncharacteristically poor results that has seen them lose ground to Liverpool in the title race. The match is scheduled to kick off at 19:30 IST on the 2nd of April, 2022.

Burnley are once again on the brink of losing their English Premier League status, and they face an opponent their manager, Sean Dyche, has failed to defeat in 14 meetings (1 draw and 13 losses). Manchester City will hope to keep their place at the league’s summit with a meeting with closest rivals, Liverpool looming. Guardiola’s men have put 24 goals past Burnley in their last seven encounters and will feel confident of a win going into this match.

Teams Status

Here is the latest form and team news from Turf Moor and the Etihad Stadium:

Burnley Form and Team News

Burnley are placed 19th on the log, and confidence is generally low around Turf Moor following three straight losses. With the fortunes of their fellow relegation-threatened teams looking up in recent weeks, Sean Dyche’s men are desperate for a victory.

Their winning form has been inferior this season, with just three wins in 27 games. With 12 draws and 12 losses, scoring 22 goals, and conceding 38, Burnley have managed just 21 points in what has been a poor league outing. 6 of those 22 goals have come from Maxwel Cornet, who has been their brightest player this season.

Burnley will be without influential captain Ben Mee, who has a knee injury. Also, Matej Vydra, Erik Pieters, and Johann Gudmundsson will miss the match as they are sidelined with injuries.

Manchester City Form and Team News

Manchester City picked up just two wins in their last four league games, and as a result, their lead at the league’s summit has been trimmed to just one point. Guardiola’s men have been imperious all season, though, managing 70 points from 29 games with 22 wins, four draws, and three losses.

City are the league’s second-highest goalscorers’ with 68 goals and the league’s best defense, conceding only 18 goals. Goalscorers have popped up all over the pitch for City, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling on ten goals apiece, while Kevin De Bruyne has struck nine times this season.

For injuries and suspensions, Benjamin Mendy remains suspended, and Ruben Dias remains sidelined with a thigh injury. Youngster Cole Palmer is also doubtful to feature as he has a foot injury.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Pep Guardiola’s men are a gulf higher than Burnley in terms of quality, and the sportsbooks have named them favorites to win this fixture. On Parimatch, the odds for Burley to win, a draw, and a victory for Manchester City are placed at 15.00, 7.00, and 1.22, respectively.

On the Melbet sportsbook, the odds for the three outcomes mentioned above are 13.5, 6.65, and 1.262, respectively, while the sportsbook at Sportsbet.io places the odds for all three outcomes at 14.00, 6.00, and 1.22, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Burnley have a poor record against Manchester City, losing seven straight meetings with them, conceding 24 goals, and scoring 1. They are in a precarious position, presently in a relegation battle, and will need every point they can get to avoid the drop.

Manchester City will look to grab all three points and stay ahead of Liverpool before their meeting on the 10th of April. Guardiola’s men have won 13 and drawn 1 of their last 14 meetings with a Sean Dyche team

Tip: Manchester City to Win @ 

City have produced some of the best football displays this season, even against teams notorious for sitting back and defending like Burnley. With an excess of creativity in their front lines, breaking down a Burnley defense without their influential skipper Ben Mee should not be difficult for Guardiola’s team. We expect Manchester City to come away with all three points, and this outcome is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.262 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.155

Burnley have conceded a surprisingly low number of goals this season for a team in their position (38). At the same time, Manchester City have also been difficult to break down, conceding only 18 goals all season. The past seven meetings between these two have yielded 25 goals, an average of over three goals per game, so we expect a multiple-goal result in this encounter. Over 1.5 goals is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.155 odds.


City’s title ambitions will suffer a massive blow if they fail to defeat Burnley, who are equally locked in a battle of their own, albeit at the league’s bottom half. We expect an eventful football game as a lot is on the line for both sides.

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