Burnley were able to embarrass Chelsea with a recent 0-0 at Stamford Bridge. Of course teams like Burnley are not capable of upsetting every superior team they play, otherwise they would not be in the relegation places.
Following the Chelsea draw, Burnley went on to lose 1-0 at home to Swansea and then 2-0 away at Liverpool. While they are not exactly being embarrassed on their way back to the Championship, they certainly are not excelling.
Rumours are naturally beginning to circulate in relation to the future of Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean appears close to departing from the Champions League after crumbling 2-1 against Barcelona, leaving only the Premier League to play for.
The only problem with that landscape is that Chelsea already have one hand on the trophy. Going into this weekend the Blues are five points ahead, while also possessing a game in hand.
On the basis of their last six home games, Burnley have played okay for a club of their stature. After winning twice and drawing twice, the Clarets earned eight points from 18. Another interesting fact is that Burnley drew 2-2 when this league fixture was played at the Etihad in December.
Alongside Chelsea, Man City have the best away form in the league. Out of 14 games, they have scored 31 – that’s the best in the league. Their average return is at least two goals every away game. Oh, and City will be eager to make up for the 2-2 draw in December.
City need to come together in order to get back to playing confident football. Only David Silva appears to be at the top of his game, with Yaya Touré struggling a little since coming back victorious from the African Cup of Nations.
Tip one: Man City @ 1.44 with ladbrokes
Tip two: No for both teams to score @ 2.00 with ladbrokes
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Odds of 1.44 are incredibly generous for a side that is almost certain to win. The second tip is for odds of 2.00 on no for both teams to score. Burnley striker Danny Ings could miss this game due to injury.