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2nd January 2017

Today's Premier League table has a hollow ring about it - no Manchester Club in the top four. Man City's defeat to Liverpool and wins for North London's Arsenal and Spurs yesterday saw City slip to 5th in the table.

The Premier League favourites at the start of the season have found things tough in recent weeks and whilst injuries to the likes of Vincent Kompany haven't helped there are other issues here.

City's stars aren't on top of their game and the loss of Joe Hart in goal has been massive. His replacement, Claidio Bravo is an accident on two legs and Pep Guardiola has to take the blame.

The City boss needs a win over Burnley but we have a feeling it will not be a 1/6 game for the home side. Sean Dyche has done wonders at Burnley and seven home wins see the Clarets in mid-table. But away from Turf Moor they are too cautious and their only point was a back to the wall 0-0 result at Old Trafford.

But, as they climb the table we are sure they can afford to take more risks on the road and this looks an ideal opportunity. Burnley would not be the worst 20/1 shot ever - and they drew here 2-2 last time the sides met here in the league.

Across Manchester United are in great form and can extend their winning run by taking all three points at West Ham. United are three points behind their City rivals at the moment.

Chelsea meet Spurs later in the week which gives Arsenal and Liverpool an advantage today. The Gunners face a tough trip to Bournemouth but Liverpool will find things easier at Sunderland who are without keeper Jordan Pickford. Jermaine Defoe has also gone off the boil as it looks like he will be away in January and Sunderland looked awful at Burnley.

Joe