Manchester City could be playing their last suit as champs of England when they welcome Burnley to the Etihad Arena on Monday night.
Pep Guardiola's side lengthened Liverpool's wait for the title courtesy of a 3-0 triumph over Arsenal in their very first game back, however also one more success over Burnley will certainly not be enough if the champions-elect maintain winning.Watching Manchester City's match versus Arsenal on Wednesday, you might have been forgiven for believing that absolutely nothing had changed over the last 6 months.
Guardiola's men outclassed the error-strewn, injury-hit and eventually 10-man Gunners, with Kevin De Bruyne blazing a trail in a 3-0 victory - just as was the case in the reverse component in December.
Such a confident return after greater than 3 months out would certainly have pleased the requiring Guardiola, and finally allowed Man City to respond to their derby loss which came immediately prior to lockdown.
As for the table was concerned it had minimal impact - cutting Liverpool's lead at the top from 25 points back down to 22 - yet more notably it extended their power as champs for at the very least a couple of even more days.
Liverpool can no more win the title versus Everton on Sunday, yet if they win that suit after that they will have the possibility to wrap points up against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, no matter if Man City win this one. Triumph for Liverpool as well as beat to Burnley would see Man City give up the title on Monday night.
City find themselves in limbo to a particular level, with a top-four coating successfully safe and secure currently but a European restriction hanging over their heads which basically indicates that their final organization setting could be pointless besides the monetary advantages of completing greater.
They would be forgiven for having already let their minds wander to the Champions League in August, although there did not seem several indications of that on Wednesday evening.
In numerous ways, Burnley's task for the remainder of the season is similar to that of Man City - finish as high as they can, with the possibility of no substantial benefits being up for grabs.
Sean Dyche's side are all but safe from relegation currently - they require just one point to get to the magic 40 mark - and also will hope to hang on to a top-half finish having entered into the last nine games of the period in 10th.
Europe is not totally out of the question with only four points separating them from seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, and also particularly so if they can get where they ended prior to lockdown.The Clarets were on a seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League when play was suspended, winning 4 of those in a run which stretches back to January 11 as well as includes success at Manchester United and taking points off both North London titans.
Undoubtedly, having won at Old Trafford Burnley could now become just the fourth club to win away at both Manchester clubs in the very same Premier League season, and the first considering that Liverpool in 2008-09.
Burnley have an infamously bad document versus Man City, though, failing to win any of their last 15 away organization video games in this fixture in a dry spell which stretches back to 1963.
City have actually racked up at the very least twice in each of their last 10 residence meetings with Burnley, racking up 36 objectives in total, while under Guardiola alone they have won all five such meetings while racking up 19 goals and acknowledging just 2.
Contribute to that the reality that Man City have actually currently had one suit to help them get back up to speed after coronavirus and Burnley show up to encounter a massive task to obtain anything from this video game.
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We Predict: Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
City will certainly be determined to return to winning ways after what took place in the derby, and also it is hard to imagine Burnley getting a result here; we expect Guardiola's side to pick up all 3 points.