Burnley vs Manchester City – Premier League: We can’t say that Burnley’s breakdown was expected, but it was predictable, by the way that the team was playing
On the reality of the Premier League, a team with such a fragile attack – only 20 goals scored in 25 rounds played – could hardly maintain itself at the top of the league table.
The team’s rhythm slowed down in the middle of December, and they are now winless for 8 Premier League matches and one FA Cup match. In total, they’ve gotten 4 draws and 5 losses, having scored 5 goals and conceded 14 during that period.
Burnley’s poor moment of form, however, doesn’t put them totally out of this match against Manchester City.
That’s because, defensively, the team is still presenting an interesting performance, although they have conceded practically the same amount of goals on this streak of 9 matches that they had conceded during the rest of the season so far.
On the other hand, there isn’t a scarier opponent in the Premier League than Manchester City. Everything was already used to try and stop Pep Guardiola’s team that has a 15-points advantage over their main pursuer, Manchester United.
Whether it is by using ultra-defensive systems, with the block closing itself down on the defensive area, or teams with very tough approaches resorting to a lot of fouls or even teams risking to play on the same level as them (Liverpool’s case) because they believe they have as much quality as the future champions.
Burnley vs Manchester City – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Burnley will surely settle for the first approach: Making it hard for the Citizens to score with a low and tight block, preventing them from organizing their attack and imposing some anxiety on their opponents.
But Manchester City’s team has weapons to withstand the impact of the opposing defence, looking for offensive solutions to counter its success.
And there, the mistakes committed by Burnley on this past month and a half will certainly be exploited intentionally.
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