Making an empathic return from the enforced break in midweek, Manchester City will be simply looking to end their Premier League campaign on a high when they welcome Burnley to an empty Etihad on Monday night.
Really making a statement on their return to action on Wednesday, the soon to be former champions picked up a thumping 3-0 win against Arsenal and still have their sights set on lifting a first European title this year.
On the flip side, entering the enforced break with a deserved point against Spurs, Burnley were enjoying an eye-catching run back in March after embarking on a five-match Premier League unbeaten run.
However, while the Clarets may have found a route into the top-half prior to the interruption, Monday’s guests do hold a worrying record against City.
Including a 4-1 hammering when they welcomed the Sky Blues to Turf Moor earlier in the season, Burnley have lost each of their last four meetings against the European outfit and have never managed to pick up a victory in the blue half of Manchester. Another City win and over 4.5 goals can be found priced at 12/5 with Coral.
De Bruyne steals the show
While Manchester City may find themselves almost stuck in Premier League limbo with Liverpool inching closer towards their crown, Pep Guardiola’s men really impressed on their return in midweek.
Picking up a thumping 3-0 win against what turned out to be a sluggish Arsenal on Wednesday night, there is no doubt that the former Barcelona boss would have been excited by Kevin De Bruyne’s individual display following the return from the enforced break.
Putting in a Man of the Match display at the Etihad and converting from the spot against the Gunners, City’s standout performer this season has now bagged back-to-back Premier League strikes on home soil.
Also finding the net against Real Madrid while on Champions League duties prior to the break, De Bruyne has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other player this season (25 – nine goals and 16 assists) – it’s also his best goal involvement tally in a single top-flight campaign in England.
Also finding the net in City’s 5-0 win the last time Burnley came to town, De Bruyne can be found priced at 8/5 with William Hill to extend on his tally on Monday night.
An unenviable return for Burnley
Frustrated to have only collected a point against Tottenham prior to the interruption, Burnley were really starting to mount a charge up the table back in March.
Losing just one of their previous eight Premier League appearances and climbing back into the top-half, Sean Dyche’s side were also boosted by a stellar 2-1 win against top-four contenders Leicester.
Also enjoying their most fruitful away spell before the interruption, a run highlighted by a 2-0 win at Old Trafford, some in Burnley’s camp might be eyeing a remarkable top-six charge.
However, while the mood in Burnley’s camp might have been at a continued high back in March, the Clarets face an unenviable return on Monday night and Dyche has a string of attacking injuries to deal with.
With it confirmed that leading marksman Chris Wood will miss their trip to the Etihad due to an Achilles injury, the gusts will also be without Ashley Barnes after failing to recover from a double hernia.
Bagging just a single strike in their last four meetings against the former champions, Burnley can be found priced at 8/11 with Paddy Power to draw a blank on their return to action.