Michael Owen agrees with pundits on Burnley vs Man City score prediction

Manchester City will be aiming to reignite their Premier League title charge when they face relegation-threatened Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off at 3pm.

City, who have won each of their last nine meetings with the Clarets in all competitions, conceding just one goal in the process, will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league after playing out a goalless draw with Crystal Palace almost three weeks Aug. The stalemate with Patrick Vieira’s side opened the door for Liverpool to move within a point of them in the table and they did just that, beating Arsenal 2-0 48 hours later.

Therefore, City, who have since got back to winning ways, beating Southampton 4-1 in the FA Cup quarter-finals prior to the international break, could kick-off against Burnley in second place in the table. That is because Liverpool kick-off at 12:30pm on Saturday and a win against Watford would see them move above Pep Guardiola’s side.

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But considering City are up against a Burnley side who have won just three times in the league all season, they will fancy their chances of reclaiming top spot if Liverpool prove triumphant earlier in the day. But how do the pundits think Guardiola’s troops will get on against the Turf Moor outfit?

Mark Lawrenson – BBC Sport

“Turf Moor will always be seen as one of those grounds which is ‘a difficult place to go’, but if you are going to win the league then by hook or by crook, you go there and win,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “Burnley will give it everything they have got, of course, but this City side have been in this situation many times under Pep Guardiola and I’d back them to come back with the three points.”

Forecast: Burnley 0-2 City.

Paul Merson – Sportskeeda

“Burnley are a hard place to go and suddenly – suddenly this is a different game for Manchester City,” Merson told Sportskeeda. “I expect Liverpool to win, so Pep Guardiola and co need three points to reclaim their place at the top of the Premier League standings.

“The away team will undoubtedly see a lot of the ball and have close to 75 per cent possession, but will they manage to score goals? It could well end up like the Crystal Palace game where they ended up dominating but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“Burnley, on the other hand, will look to keep it tight and take their chances from set-pieces. It could be a cold, windy, rainy day at Turf Moor, so this will be an interesting game.

“City have the option of playing Gabriel Jesus up front, but more than ever, I think they’ll go with a false 9 once again. If you play a centre-forward, that’s perfect for Burnley as they want someone to mark.”

Forecast: Burnley 0-2 City.

Michael Owen – BetVictor

“It’s a vital couple of games for Burnley,” Owen told BetVictor. “They looked like they were turning a corner, but their form has really dipped again.

“The defeat to Brentford was a tough one to take, and they desperately need another win soon. Make no mistake, we’ve got ourselves a title race.

“That draw to Palace has opened the door for Liverpool, and Pep will be insisting his side don’t slip up again. This won’t be an easy game though.

“Burnley will try and frustrate, and I can’t see City cruising this one. I do think they’ll win though.”

Forecast: Burnley 0-2 City.

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