Manchester City begins title defense

Manchester City begins title defense

Manchester City kicks-off their 2023-24 season with a match against Burnley FC, of what seems to be a battle between champions. This opener is a battle of champions as Man City won the Premier League while Burnley are the Championship winners. Moreover, Man City had a colorful season last season, which will definitely bring them confidence here. As for Burnley, although they have won the Championships last season, they are still aiming for glory in the Premier League. As they open their Premier League campaign, both squad aims for a strong start in the contest. This meeting will be on August 12, 2023, 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Burnley playing as hosts.

These two teams already played 110 games across all contests, and from those matches, it was the visitors who has the advantage. They already won 55 matches, half of their meetings, while the hosts only have 30 wins. Moreover, when it comes to the Premier League, the visitors are doing well against the hosts. The hosts won only once in their last 23 matches in the league, losing their last eight. Additionally, the hosts are not doing well when it comes to opening games, as they only won two of their last eight openers. As for the visitors, they are doing well against the hosts, winning their last 11 matches across all contests. Additionally, in their last 14 openers, they opened 12 of such games with a victory.

Manchester City

Premier League: Manchester City
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Manchester City is undeniably the most successful team last season, considering the titles they received last season. In fact, they even made history when they won the treble last season, which is not surprising. Actually, ever since they were taken under the leadership of Pep Guardiola, Man City looks to be an exceptional and impressive team. However, it is unfortunate that they cannot add to their title, as they lost during their FA Community Shield match against Arsenal. It was a defeat due to penalties, which could have brought another history for the club. Due to this, Man City are now eager to bounce back from that loss. Unfortunately though, Man City lost some of heir key players during the transfer window. They are fortunate though that they have guys they can lean on for this season, with Haaland and De Bruyne both being unstoppable.

It was a surprise that Kevin De Bruyne was included in the squad for this match, following the injury he sustained in the Champions League. Additionally, it seems like Nathan Ake is also set to return here, which is confirmed by Guardiola.

Burnley FC

Premier League: Burnley FC

Burnley dominated the Championship last season, and are now eyeing to start strong in the Premier League. They want to begin their campaign positively to have a better finish in the contest, as they aspire the title. On their previous match, they played a 1-1 draw against Real Betis, and are looking to improve their matches. Under the leadership of Vincent Kompany, Burnley have showed a massive improvement. Although they are against a very powerful team, Burnley will not back down, as they going to prove that they are a team others need to wary about. However, they are a team who are struggling against Man City. They need to find ways to improve their results against their opponents, especially now that their opponents keep on improving. Nonetheless, expect Burnley to go all-out here, as they aim for a chance in the finals.

New arrival, Obafemi will be unavailable in this match, as he will be undergoing a hamstring injury. Aside from him, there is no fitness concerns for Burney, as they are ready for a positive start.

Prediction:

Manchester City (2.0)
Odds: -0.81

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