By News Team
Last Updated: 3rd December 2019
The Premier League continues with a flurry of midweek fixtures across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
We preview Tuesday’s action involving Burnley and Manchester City and Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
De Bruyne can do De Business at Burnley
As we enter the festive period, the games come thick and fast and with an 11-point gap between leaders Liverpool and third-placed Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s side can’t afford any more slip-ups.
City’s latest stumbling block proved to be Newcastle, with Steve Bruce’s men twice coming from behind to earn a share of the spoils on Saturday thanks to a sublime effort from Jonjo Shelvey late on.
It’s up for debate as to whether his goal was better than Kevin De Bruyne’s after his rocket looked set to earn City all three points, but it’s safe to say the Belgian is carrying his side at the moment.
With Sergio Aguero out injured and replacement Gabriel Jesus without a goal in his last eight appearances for the Citizens, the pressure is on the attacking midfielders to replace those missing goals at Burnley on Tuesday night, where the visitors are 24/100 favourites for the win.
De Bruyne has netted twice in as many Premier League games, as well as scoring two for Belgium last month, and with Burnley likely to pack the defence, it will take the former Chelsea man’s best to break them down – and he’s value at 21/10 to net anytime.
Palace can soar to victory over Bournemouth
Crystal Palace bounced back from a batch of tough ties to defeat Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend, helping the Eagles to soar to within two points of fifth in the Premier League.
Their ability to get back to winning ways after playing Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City successively, and especially away against a tricky Burnley side, shows true character.
So while the formbook says they have won just one of their last six games, only a late goal denied them a point at home against Liverpool, and Palace look good value at 23/20 to win Tuesday night’s game against Bournemouth at Selhurst Park.
Bournemouth may sit just two points behind their opponents, but the Cherries don’t travel well and have lost three of their previous four league games.
Their only point during that run came against Watford, who have had more managers than victories this season, so anything other than a defeat looks a tough ask for Eddie Howe’s side, who are 12/5 for the win on Tuesday.