We simulated Burnley vs Man City to get a score prediction

Manchester City face relegation-threatened Burnley on Saturday with the Blues looking to stay ahead of Liverpool in the title race.

City currently sit on top of the Premier League by a single point after Liverpool closed the gap to Pep Guardiola’s side with a win against Arsenal following City’s 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace. The Blues play at 3pm on Saturday and will be aware of the result between Liverpool and Watford in the early kick-off, which could see City two points behind when the game against Burnley gets underway.

So, what line-ups will both teams select and what could the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Burnley against Man City on Saturday and this is what happened. We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.

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Burnley vs Man City score predicted by simulation

We predict that Man City could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Edison; Walker, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva; Mahrez, Foden, Grealish.

We predict that Burnley could set up in a 4-4-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Pope; Roberts, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeill; Cornet, Weghorst.

City put Burnley under pressure straight away and found an opening goal within 10 minutes of play as Jack Grealish volleyed the ball past Pope to make it 1-0. Grealish received the ball in space inside the penalty box after some good work from Phil Foden, as the £100million summer signing had his shot saved at first, before volleying home the rebound to give Guardiola’s side an early lead at Turf Moor.

Jack Grealish scores to make it 1-0 to City.

Wout Weghorst was able to level the score just before half-time with a powerful strike past Ederson at the near post making it 1-1. Dwight McNeill was able to cut inside on his right foot and slide the ball through to the Dutch striker who fired his shot first time past the Brazilian ‘keeper, leaving City with it all to do in the second half.

Wout Weghorst scores to make it 1-1.
Wout Weghorst scores to make it 1-1.

City moved up a gear in the second half and started to create more chances and put Burnley under further pressure as Riyad Mahrez came close to putting the visitors ahead with a curled effort from the edge of the box. Phil Foden hit the crossbar on the hour mark as Nick Pope managed to tip the 21-year-old’s shot onto the woodwork and behind for a corner.

Phil Foden scores to make it 2-1 to City.
Phil Foden scores to make it 2-1 to City.

Foden was able to find a second Man City goal late into the second half with just five minutes to play as substitute Sterling rolled the ball across the penalty box for Foden to fire home from close range. City’s pressure finally resulted in a second after some good counter-pressing from Sterling allowed the English winger to drive forward and drill the ball across the box to Foden who powered his shot past Pope to make it 2-1 with just minutes to play.

Foden scores to make it 3-1 to City.
Foden scores to make it 3-1 to City.

Foden bagged his second and City’s third just minutes later with one of the final kicks of the game as De Bruyne played the 21-year-old through on goal on the counter-attack, with Foden slotting the ball under Pope and into the bottom corner to make it 3-1. Burnley looked to find a late equalizer but were undone with a quick counter-attack as Foden sealed all three points for City and kept them top of the Premier League.

FIFA 22 predicted final score: Burnley 1-3 Man City

Here are the full-time match stats.

Full-time match statistics as City beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor.
Full-time match statistics as City beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor.

FIFA 22 predicts that City could dominate the majority of the game but struggle to make their chances count until the dying minutes of the game as Burnley put up a good fight against the league leaders. Grealish opened the scoring as he seemed to improve his output for Guardiola’s side, with Foden scoring a late double to seal all three points and keep City ahead of Liverpool in the title race.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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