Manchester City host Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday night (19:30) and Pep Guardiola has revealed that striker Erling Haaland will be set to feature having missed the last 10 matches through injury.
His return will come as a massive boost to the reigning champions, who have got some work to do in the Premier League title race. We are confident that the Norwegian can mark his return to the pitch in style against the Clarets.
Even though Haaland has been absent for his side's last five matches in the top-flight, he remains the joint-top scorer in the league alongside Mohamed Salah with 14 goals.
He has a long way to go if he is to match last year's record-breaking haul of 36, and while it doesn't seem achievable right now, he will still go on to score plenty before the season is out.
A return to action this week has come at the perfect time with his side coming up against a struggling Burnley team, who have won just three times in 21 outings this term. It was against the Clarets when Haaland opened his account for the season, scoring a brace at Turf Moor back in the campaign's curtain-raiser in August.
It took just four minutes for the 23-year-old to pick up where he left off in the Premier League in 2022-23.
Including his injury lay-off, Haaland has now gone seven games in the league without a goal, and with Salah having just picked up an injury at the Africa Cup of Nations, he will sense an opportunity to strengthen his position as the division's leading marksman.
Against the struggling Clarets, we think there is a very good chance that the forward will get his name on the scoresheet on Wednesday night. And seeing as there isn't much value in backing him to score anytime at 2/5, we like the look of the 2/1 price on him to score first.
We believe this to be a strong selection because in the nine Premier League matches in which Haaland has found the back of the net this term, he has been the first scorer in five of them - one of them being Burnley.
If you want to better your returns on the Norwegian superstar to score in this contest then we believe this would be the way to go.
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