Manchester City welcome Burnley to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday evening (19:30) as they seek to keep up momentum with leaders Liverpool in the title race.
The Cityzens currently find themselves five points behind their rivals but they do have a game in hand which could be very important further down the line. They head into this clash having won four of their last five in the league and their latest victory was a dramatic one at the death against Newcastle United, which they won 3-2.
They prepare to welcome a club legend in the form of Burnley boss Vincent Kompany to the Etihad Stadium, who returns to the ground for the first time as a manager. The Clarets have not been enjoying their return to the Premier League with just three wins from their 21 matches so far.
Burnley are without a win in their last three and it is going to take an incredible performance to end that run against the reigning champions.
As you can expect, Man City are the overwhelming favourites to win this one at 1/11, but there is no value to be had there. If you think Kompany can frustrate his former employers, a draw can be backed at 9/1, while they are 22/1 to get a rare victory.
Both teams to score can be found at 11/8, while over 2.5 goals is on offer at 1/3.
Man City's goal machine Erling Haaland is reportedly edging nearer to a return to action after missing the last 10 matches, and it isn't rule out that he could feature on Wednesday night. Manuel Akanji is the other injury concern for Pep Guardiola, and he too will be assessed ahead of the game.
We could see playmaker Kevin De Bruyne make his first Premier League start since the reverse fixture at Turf Moor back in August for the season opener. The Belgian was the difference-maker against Newcastle as he scored and assisted from the bench to secure the three points for his side.
Burnley are without Charlie Taylor, Luca Koleosho and Nathan Redmond due to injury. It remains to be seen if Jordan Beyer, Sander Berge, Hannes Delcroix and Aaron Ramsey will feature after having had injuries of their own.
Man City to win to nil @ 8/13
This feels like a very sensible and straightforward selection. Man City are second in the table and are starting to find their rhythm in the battle for the title, and as we know from last year, they are going to be very difficult to stop in this half of the campaign.
Burnley have been struggling to pick up points and it has been surprising but also a huge eye-opener at how much they have struggled with the jump from the Championship back into the top-flight.
City were comfortable 3-0 winners at Turf Moor back in August, and they themselves have been getting better as the season has gone on. There has been some degree of improvement from Burnley now and again, but they have found consistency to be a huge problem and that is why the threat of relegation continually looms over them.
Without trying to sound incredibly harsh but this will be an easy victory for the hosts and they shouldn't need to get out of first or second gear to get the job done.
Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime @ 13/8
With a tough few months ahead in the title race, having De Bruyne back will be huge for Man City. He is the best player in the league because quite simply, no one can produce what he can on a football pitch. His vision and his range of passing are incredible. Guardiola will be eager to get the Belgian back on the pitch alongside Haaland so that they can link-up once again for many more goals.
After having missed months of the campaign, De Bruyne is being eased back into action with his three appearances upon his return coming from the bench. It remains to be seen if he will be handed his first start in midweek but even if he isn't, he will certainly have a role to play from the bench.
We saw it at Newcastle. After his side were pegged back in quick fashion by the Magpies, City then struggled to break down their opponents until De Bruyne entered the fray.
Guardiola's side shouldn't have too many issues with breaking down Burnley but against a side struggling, De Bruyne will want to get involved and bolster his stats for the season.
Whether he starts or comes on in the 70th minute, when he is on the pitch he will dictate the tempo of the match and will be at the centre of everything. So that's why we fancy him to get on the scoresheet in back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time since October 2022.
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