Liverpool’s draw at Everton means the title race can be prolonged another week, but only if City beats Burnley. If City does pick up the victory, then Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City on July 2 takes on greater significance. City can open up a nine-point gap between themselves and third-placed Leicester and edge closer to securing the second spot in the EPL. Burnley could climb two places to ninth with a win by three goals or more.
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In this article, I will highlight the players that I think are worth picking for the Showdown contest, as well as looking at some of the bets offered on DraftKings Sportsbook. For the full list of available bets, download the DraftKings Sportsbook app or check out the DraftKings Sportsbook website.
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Man City to keep momentum going against Burnley
While Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side has played a game behind closed doors since the league resumed, Burnley have had to wait longer than any other side to kickstart their EPL campaign. Sean Dyche will have needed every second of the enforced break to figure out a way for Burnley to win a league game at Manchester City for the first time since March 1963. To put that into context, both managers were born eight years after Burnley’s last win at City which was a 5-2 win. Since then, it’s been a tale of woe for the Clarets with nine defeats and six draws from 15 league visits to City’s Maine Road and Etihad grounds.
Both teams have a tendency to do their scoring in the second half. Of City’s past 34 goals scored, 20 (58.8 percent) have come after halftime. Of the past 14 goals scored by Burnley, 11 (78.6 percent) have been scored in the second half. With that in mind, both teams to score in the second half (+265) could be a bet worth considering.
Another bet to think about is for this game to be tied at the halftime interval (+240). City has trailed at halftime once in its past six league games while Burnley, who has not given up the opening goal in its past six EPL matches, has not trailed at the interval in its past six league games. City won the first meeting, 4-1, at the start of December. It was one of four league and cup wins in the past three seasons in which Guardiola’s side has won with five total goals scored.
After Liverpool’s draw at Everton, City knows a win in this contest will keep the pressure on the league leaders, whose next away game will be at the Etihad Stadium on July 2.
Prediction: Tie at halftime (+240)
City players to consider for DFS
Goalkeeper Ederson ($7,600) could not have wished for an easier return to action than Wednesday’s 3-0 home win over Arsenal. The Gunners could not muster a shot on target during the 90 minutes as the Brazilian cruised his way to a fourth shutout and win combination in his past six EPL games. He also got through both league meetings and an FA Cup tie with Burnley last season without conceding a goal. He may expect to see more action against Burnley, who did manage to score one goal in City’s 4-1 win at Turf Moor in December.
Gabriel Jesus ($9,600) scored twice that day, but the forward did not have the best of games against Arsenal, earning just 1.7 DKFP and he may lose his place to Sergio Aguero ($10,400), who came off the bench for the final 10 minutes to earn 2.2 DKFP in the short time he was on the pitch. Aguero has scored six times in fixtures against Burnley in the past three seasons and this could be the game in which he ends his search for his first goal in his past six EPL matches.
I highlighted the importance of defender Aymeric Laporte ($4,400; $6,600 CP) before City’s game with the Gunners. And for the fourth time since his return from a knee injury, he played his part in a clean sheet and a win. It took his personal run of games with winning shutouts to five which includes City’s 4-0 win at home to Brighton at the end of August when he injured his knee just before halftime. In my opinion, Laporte is the best-valued player in this contest and is certainly worthy to be your Captain. As too is midfielder Kevin De Bruyne ($11,800; $17,700 CP), who scored City’s second goal on Wednesday night with a penalty. After Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan ($7.200) missed from the spot in games leading up to the lockdown, taking penalties is another opportunity for the Belgium star to score even more DKFP. De Bruyne may be expensive, but with an average score of 22.8 points in his past six encounters, you can see why he is valued as high as he is.
Prediction: De Bruyne to have an assist (-125)
Burnley players to consider for DFS
It wasn’t that long ago that Burnley was looking over their shoulders toward a relegation battle. The team ended 2019 and started the new year with four successive defeats, but something clicked after falling a goal down to Leicester at Turf Moor on Jan. 19. Second-half goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood ($5,200) turned the game on its head and saw the Clarets claim victory. In its six EPL games since that turning point, Burnley has kept its opponents to nil in four of them. Some of the credit for that goes to goalkeeper Nick Pope ($3,800), who is joint leader in the division with 11 clean sheets. The England keeper will need to be at his best to keep City’s prolific strikeforce quiet in this contest.
A word of caution if you are thinking about drafting Ben Mee ($3,200): He has been a regular in Burnley’s defense but is prone to picking up yellow cards (+300). He has booked three times in his past four league games and he has scored more goals for the opposition (2 own goals) than he has for his own team (0) in the past two seasons.
Wood is Burnley’s leading scorer with 11, which is five more than Ashley Barnes. Both have been ruled out of this contest because of injury and their absence leaves a huge hole for the rest of the team to fill. Robbie Brady ($3,200) scored Burnley’s only goal in the reverse fixture with City, but he has found himself playing a backup role to Barnes and Wood this season. With Wood and Barnes sidelined, Brady might get more of a role to play and his delivery from set-pieces should not be underestimated. He is also capable of scoring from free-kicks.
The visitors are hoping Jay Rodriguez ($6,000) is fit and able to add to his two goals in his past six appearances, while Burnley’s gameplan will be to get Dwight McNeil ($8,800) involved as much as possible. The attacking midfielder went into the lockdown averaging 18.9 DFS points in his last three appearances.
Prediction: Ben Mee to get booked (+300)
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