Burnley v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 31, 2018
Turf Moor - Premier League
After crashing out of Europe in midweek, Burnley welcome Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. The United boss looks like he’s having a crash of his own, and the Clarets could fancy their chances of a result here.
United won 1-0 at Turf Moor last season courtesy on an Anthony Martial goal, while the game at Old Trafford ended 2-2. Burnley last beat the Reds in 2009, with United winning four of the seven meetings since.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson picked up an injury last weekend and has been ruled out, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are also missing. Sean Dyche must decide whether to stick with Joe Hart in net, or give Tom Heaton a first Premier League start after making his comeback in the Europa League.
Phil Jones suffered a hamstring injury in United’s 3-0 defeat at home against Tottenham on Monday, which keeps him out of this one. Marcos Rojo is also absent, which leaves Mourinho with Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof as his central defensive options.
Burnley v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Defeat for either of these sides would be disastrous. Burnley have only picked up one point so far this season after finishing seventh last year, while Manchester United have made their worst start to a Premier League season for 26 years.
Burnley showed plenty of spirit against Olympiakos on Thursday, but they could only draw 1-1 against the Greek side and are out of the Europa League before the group stages. They were involved in an entertaining game against Fulham last weekend, but that 4-2 defeat and the 3-1 loss at home to Watford the week before means they’ve uncharacteristically conceded seven goals in two games.
The Clarets are 5/1 for the win on Sunday, while United are priced at 7/10. A poor pre-season has continued into their opening Premier League matches, and the Reds also have a tough Champions League draw to try and navigate. With plenty of pressure on the manager and the board - there are reports of a protest plane being flown over Turf Moor - this is a huge game for the visitors.
Jose Mourinho has lost his right-hand man Rui Faria and stormed out of a press conference following the Spurs defeat referencing Premier League titles from over a decade ago. He still has some support in the stands and on the pitch, but the players are short of confidence and a draw could be a decent bet at 14/5.
The score draw at 9/2
If this game ends with honours even, it’s hard to see it ending goalless after the defensive performances both sides have put in recently.
Jesse Lingard to score anytime at 7/2
The England international scored twice against Burnley at Old Trafford last term to rescue a point for his team, and was lively against Spurs on Monday.