Manchester City begins this Saturday, January 6, their participation in the fourth competition that has in their calendar in the 2017/2018 season. In a game that is part of the third round of the England Cup debut against Burnley, who also for being part of the English Premier League also has the privilege of starting at that stadium. Scheduled to start at 13 a.m., the match takes place at Ethirad Stadium in Manchester.
The competition has a different regulation. If there is a winner, the setting takes place in a single game. If the confrontation ends tied a new meeting will be held, but this time with inverted field control. This rule, called a replay, is not valid for the second game. Even if you have to resort to the 30-minute overtime and penalty shootout, she will reveal the survivor in the cup dispute.
The recent performance of Manchester City
In the other three competitions, City is doing very well, thank you. On Tuesday, January 2, at home, the Manchester Blues held a 15-point gap over Premier League runners-up Manchester United by beating Watford 3-1. They reached 62 points (20 wins and two draws) of the 66 played. At last, they put a hand on the glass.
In the League Cup of England, advanced to the semifinals and will begin to dispute the vacancy in the decision on January 9. Also at Ethirad Stadium will face Bristol City, responsible for eliminating United in the competition.
The cherry on this cake, however, is really the Champions League of Europe. City have made it into the first round of their group to reach the last 16 of the group without any problems and will now cross Basel with Switzerland starting in February.
There is no doubt about Manchester City’s ability to even reach all four titles. It remains to be seen if the millionaire cast of the club will be enough to handle such a large number of games in such short periods.
A relatively serious injury will take for about two months from the grasses the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus (18 games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, eight goals). He joins defenders Vincent Kompany (nine games, no goal) and Benjamin Mendy (four games, no goal) and midfielder Phil Foden (a game, no goal), who are also injured.
This has made the coach Pepe Guardiola promote some improvisations to avoid greater wear of athletes, which would increase the risk of injuries. Although the coach has always been adept at players who perform various functions, he has used the cup games as a laboratory for experimenting with these possibilities.
Current form of Burnley
With an even more modest cast, not only in number but also in quality, Burnley succumbed to the Premier League’s Christmas and New Year’s season marathon. Between December 16 and January 1, he played five games and did not win a single. It was three draws and two losses.
The drop in yield did not shake the positioning of the team in the English Championship. With 34 points (nine wins, seven draws and six losses) he is in seventh place. He is a kind of poor tournament leader, since he is behind only the six teams that can receive the label of giants due to the high investments they make (City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal).
You can hardly do better than this. The gap to Arsenal, who closes the first squad in sixth place, rose to five points. Thus, the England Cup becomes a possibility of greater brilliance than simply escaping the fall into the Second Division.
For that, coach Sean Dyche also has medical problems. They are in injury treatment and are doubtful for the duel as City goalkeeper Tom Heaton (four games in the English 2017/2018 Championship), defender Stephen Ward (18 games, one goal), midfielder Robbie Brady (15 games, a goal ) and striker Chris Wood (15 games, four goals).
History of the clashes between Manchester City and Burnley
In the nine times he had Burnley as a rival City won six times, drew two and lost only one match.
The City has already had a scare in cups this season. In the League Cup, they needed a penalty shootout to eliminate Leicester, the team that scores close to Burnley in the English Premier League. However, he acted as a visitor. At home and with technical superiority, blues are the best betting option in the game. They have a price of 1.12 in Rivalo. Draw gives return of 8.00 and success of visitors yields 15.00 for 1.
Our Prediction:City win @ 1.12