Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Prediction: Burnley vs Manchester United

 

Verdict: Manchester United win & under four goals

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

With a chance to briefly climb to the top of the Premier League table, Manchester United will make the trip to Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

Burnley

Starting with the hosts, while they might have gone about it the hard way over the weekend, Burnley eventually managed to book their spot in the fourth-round of this year’s FA Cup. Needing a last-gasp equalizer before knocking League One outfit MK Dons out on penalties at Turf Moor, the Clarets did largely impress with their festive run. Really managing to ease their relegation worries as they opened the New Year, Sean Dyche’s men now find themselves holding a five-point buffer from dropping into the bottom-three. With it appearing that their controversial 1-0 loss against Leeds last month was just a minor blip, Burnley were last seen on Premier League duties when picking up three points against a rock-bottom Sheffield United. Losing just one of their last seven matchups across all formats and taking points off of the likes of Aston Villa and Arsenal on that run, the Clarets have also enjoyed an eye-catching run in Lancashire. Including that 1-0 win against the Blades last time out, Burnley have collected 10 points from their last four top-flight contests on home soil.

Team News

Defender Charlie Taylor is a major doubt on Tuesday night due to a thigh injury. Fellow defender Kevin Long will also be monitored after suffering a sprained ankle.

Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeill are also battling injuries and will also be assessed ahead of the game.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, while Manchester United might have made a string of changes for their FA Cup showdown against Watford over the weekend, they did manage to come past their Championship opponents. Landing a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, there is no doubt that the former Premier League champions have continued to shock many. Despite what was a rocky start to the 2020/21 campaign, a run highlighted by that stunning 6-1 drumming at the hands of Tottenham back in October, the Reds suddenly find themselves tipped as a potential title challenger. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really managing to ease the pressure on his position in the Old Trafford dugout, they know that three points in midweek would see them leapfrog Liverpool to top spot. While United might have seen their crosstown rivals end their EFL Cup run earlier in the month, they’re still enjoying a real Premier League purple patch. Last seen on top-flight duties when picking up a controversial 2-1 win against a high-flying Aston Villa, Tuesday’s hosts are unbeaten in their previous 10 Premier League fixtures, a run that stems back to November 1st.

Team News

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is available at Turf Moor after completing a three-match ban.

However, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba are all still doubtful.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides last faced off back in January 2020 at Old Trafford, Burnley picked up a 2-0 victory.
  • However, Manchester United have won each of their last four trips to Turf Moor,
  • Likewise, the Reds have remarkably recorded a clean sheet in all six of their trips to Lancashire.
  • All six of those matchups between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor have seen under 2.5 goals by the final whistle.
  • Only one of the last five meetings between Tuesday’s opponents have finished with both teams finding the net.

Conclusion

Although Burnley might find themselves enjoying a continued domestic purple patch on home soil, the Clarets certainly face a stern test at Turf Moor this week. While Manchester United might have seen their crosstown rivals end their EFL Cup run last week, the Reds have suddenly transformed into a genuine title contender. Unbeaten in any of their Premier League showdowns since November 1st, the former champions should also be boosted by what is a stunning record in Lancashire. Winning each of their last four straight contests at Turf Moor and remarkably not shipping a single goal in any of their six trips to Sean Dyche’s side, we’re backing a similar away victory in midweek.

Verdict: Manchester United win & under four goals

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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