Losing to Liverpool in the new year’s eve big game, Manchester City are looking for quick redemption on Monday, January 2 as they battle Burnley.
This early 2017 tie can be another interesting option for football lovers along with betting enthusiast, who are keen on playing some game in the start of new year.
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Getting back into the upcoming encounter, Man City will be pushing hard in search for three points as they are keen on cutting their gap with league leader, Chelsea and runners up, Liverpool.
After that disappointing defeat at Anfield, Pep Guardiola’s men have a chance to immediately bounce back and get their title challenge on track, but it can only happen by beating their opponent.
Playing in front of their home crowd at Etihad will definitely give a positive advantage for City, but hectic new year schedule is never easy in Premier League.
Giving their best effort in previous game, Guardiola must properly manage his players fitness to get the best of them for Monday encounter.
Burnley themselves are having a positive run recently, winning their last two games, including their big new year’s eve victory over Sunderland.
That result should give a good enough confidence for Sean Dyche’s side ahead of their difficult travel to Etihad stadium.
Getting another victory might be a tough task for the away side, but snatching one point can be considered a positive outcome already for them.
Knowing the hunger of their opponent, Burnley might be more keen on stopping City’s offensive effort while trying to cause problems on the counter.
Fitness issue can also be something that Dyche are concerning about, since they notably don’t have the same amount of depth that Guardiola’s side have.
Nevertheless, a game in this hectic schedule is often difficult to predict, so The Clarets can expect some kind of surprise to happen on Monday.
Checking out on the latest odds, bookies are strongly favoring the home team to get maximum points with the probabilities for it placed at 1.142.
Meanwhile, Burnley’s shot in causing an upset is being placed at 21.00, very low indeed, even much lower compared to a potential draw result at 8.00.