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Burnley could prove stubborn opposition for Manchester City
01 January 2017, 20:59
Burnley could prove stubborn opposition for Manchester City

On Monday Manchester City host Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, with the two teams heading into this clash in very different moods.

The visitors slipped ten points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday, as the Citizens suffered a 1-0 defeat at title rivals, Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side are also now four points behind second-place Liverpool.

City have won their last two home games on home soil but failed to win any of their previous four home games in the league at the Etihad Stadium. Everybody connected with the club will be expecting to win this clash.

However, this game could prove trickier than expected. Burnley head into this clash on the back of a big 4-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday. Striker Andre Gray was the hero for the Clarets, with a hat-trick and the former non-league striker looks to have found form in recent weeks in the top-flight.

He will be a player that will present that shaky City backline with a difficult afternoon. The Citizens defence have failed to fully get to grips with boss Pep Guardiola’s style of play. The likes of John Stones and Aleksandar Kolarov have underperformed in the heart that City defence.

Burnley have caused many big teams problems this season and recorded a goalless draw at City’s rivals Manchester United. Their star performer that day was goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who pulled off a string of impressive saves to deny the Red Devils.

Heaton is likely to be busy once again in Manchester in this clash. Burnley are unlikely to be pushovers in this clash. The Clarets will give the Citizens a different sort of challenge to the one that Liverpool presented them with.

Manchester City are likely to come out on top in this local skirmish, but Burnley may just produce a performance that surprises everybody at the Etihad Stadium.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Liverpool FC
Everton FC

01/04/2017 11:30
1
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Watford FC
Sunderland

01/04/2017 14:00
1
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Burnley FC
Tottenham

01/04/2017 14:00
2
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Chelsea FC
Crystal Palace

01/04/2017 14:00
1

England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Chelsea FC 69 28 22 3 3 59 21 38
2. Tottenham 59 28 17 8 3 55 21 34
3. Manchester City 57 28 17 6 5 54 30 24
4. Liverpool FC 56 29 16 8 5 61 36 25
5. Manchester United 52 27 14 10 3 42 23 19
6. Arsenal 50 27 15 5 7 56 34 22
7. Everton FC 50 29 14 8 7 51 30 21
8. West Bromwich 43 29 12 7 10 39 38 1
9. Stoke City 36 29 9 9 11 33 42 -9
10. Southampton 33 27 9 6 12 33 36 -3
11. Bournemouth 33 29 9 6 14 42 54 -12
12. West Ham 33 29 9 6 14 40 52 -12
13. Burnley FC 32 29 9 5 15 31 42 -11
14. Watford FC 31 28 8 7 13 33 48 -15
15. Leicester City 30 28 8 6 14 33 47 -14
16. Crystal Palace 28 28 8 4 16 36 46 -10
17. Swansea City 27 29 8 3 18 36 63 -27
18. Hull City 24 29 6 6 17 26 58 -32
19. Middlesbrough 22 28 4 10 14 20 33 -13
20. Sunderland 20 28 5 5 18 24 50 -26

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