Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prediction: Manchester United vs Burnley

Verdict: Manchester United win by 2+ goals

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Smelling a real chance to extend on their purple patch this weekend, Manchester United will welcome Burnley to an empty Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United

Starting with the hosts, while Manchester United might have seen their FA Cup run come to an end before heading into March’s international break, The Reds have bounced back in an eye-catching fashion. Extending on their Europa League adventure thanks to another 2-0 win against Spanish outfit Granada on Thursday night, the former Premier League champions find themselves enjoying a four-match winning run across all formats. Although it might be too late for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to mount a late charge for the title this season, United will be smelling a golden chance at Old Trafford this weekend. Last seen on domestic duties when coming from 1-0 down away at Tottenham and eventually grabbing a deserved 3-1 victory in the capital, The Reds are unbeaten on Premier League action since January 27th, an 11-match run. More impressive, it should also be noted that Solskjaer’s men have collected 13 points from their last five home fixtures, including that 9-0 romp against Southampton.

Team News

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will have a fitness test on his foot injury.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay return to the squad after being suspended for the Europa League win over Granada in midweek.

Burnley

As for the visitors, although Burnely might have entered last month’s international break with a shock 2-1 win away at European hopefuls Everton, The Clarets have failed to build off of that result. Throwing away the lead once again last weekend, Sean Dyche’s side saw their performance at Turf Moor come under real scrutiny. Watching relegation scrappers Newcastle come from 1-0 down on their travels in a contest that was built as a real six-pointer at the foot of the table, Sunday’s guests were hit with a 2-1 loss on home soil. More worrying, also throwing away a 2-0 lead against Southampton in that action-packed loss on the South Coast when opening April, Burnley have recorded just a single Premier League win in their last eight attempts, a run that stems back to February 13th. Suffering a 1-0 defeat when they faced off against Manchester United in the reverse fixture back in January, Dyche’s side face another stern test at Old Trafford.

Team News

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says it is “touch and go” whether goalkeeper Nick Pope will be fit, while Dwight McNeil is also a doubt.

Ashley Barnes, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long remain on the sidelines.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off at Turf Moor back in January, Manchester United picked up a 1-0 victory.
    • Including back-to-back defeats against Southampton and Newcastle, Burnley have won just one of their last eight Premier League matchups.
    • The Reds have collected 13 points from their last five Premier League matchups at Old Trafford.
    • Each of Burnley’s last four matchups away from Turf Moor have seen over 2.5 goals by the final whistle.
    • Likewise, six of Manchester United’s last seven Premier League matchups on home soil have also seen over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    Managing to extend on their Europa League adventure with another 2-0 win against Granada earlier in the week, Manchester United should be smelling a real chance on Sunday afternoon. Really bouncing back from that FA Cup departure against Leicester when heading into March’s international break, The Reds should prove too much for a struggling Burnley this weekend. Once again throwing away the lead in a worrying fashion against relegation scrappers Newcastle last time out, Sean Dyche’s men have managed to land just a single Premier League win in their last eight attempts. Up against a Manchester United side cruising towards a Champions League return, we’re backing a routine home victory at Old Trafford.

    Verdict: Manchester United win by 2+ goals

    Best Odds: 21/20

    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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