Manchester City vs Burnley
Manchester City’s pursuit of their second FA Cup trophy under Pep Guardiola continues this weekend as they welcome second-tier Burnley to the Etihad Stadium for an exciting quarter-final tie.
Manchester City have been relentless in the FA Cup so far, winning all three opening ties without a replay, including an overwhelming 3-0 triumph at Burnley’s fellow Championship rivals Bristol City last time out. Guardiola’s men have gone from strength to strength in the warm-up for this match, winning five straight games in all competitions, including a scintillating 7-0 romping of RB Leipzig in midweek Champions League action. The ‘Citizens’ are unbeaten in their last nine competitive outings (W7, D2) since a 1-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in early February, which bodes well for their effort to maintain a four-game winning FA Cup streak against Burnley. On top of that, Man City have won their last ten home fixtures in the FA Cup by an aggregate score of 41-4.
In the meantime, visiting Burnely dispatched Premier League strugglers Bournemouth in the maiden FA Cup round with an impressive 4-2 away win before overcoming lower-league outfits Ipswich Town and Fleetwood Town in the last two rounds. Having reached the competition’s quarter-finals for the first time since 2002/03, the ‘Clarets’ are looking to do one better and move into their first semi-finals since 1973/74. But to achieve that goal, Burnley will have to win an away game against Man City for the first time since 1973, going winless on their last 16 competitive visits to the ‘Citizens’ (D4, L12). But Vincent Kompany’s men won’t be short of confidence as they head into proceedings unbeaten in all 16 matches across all competitions in 2023 (W12, D4).