Burnley v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 16, 2018
Turf Moor - Premier League
Manchester United could have Alexis Sanchez in their ranks for the trip to Turf Moor, with the Chilean strongly linked with a move to the Red Devils. That would hardly be good news for Burnley, who have now gone six without a win in the Premier League.
The Clarets raced into a 2-0 lead at half time in the Boxing Day clash between the sides at Old Trafford, but two goals from Jesse Lingard rescued a point for United. Burnley haven’t beaten the Reds since Robbie Blake’s stunner sent Turf Moor into raptures in 2009, but Sean Dyche’s side have drawn three of their last five against their more illustrious rivals.
Dyche could welcome back three players for Saturday’s game, with Stephen Ward, Chris Wood and Scott Arfield all in with a chance of being fit. Robbie Brady misses out with his knee injury, while United academy graduate Tom Heaton continues his recovery from a shoulder problem.
If Sanchez joins then the travelling support could have a new No 7 to cheer, but Jose Mourinho would face a tough decision on how to fit the new man into his attack. Juan Mata and Boxing Day hero Lingard would be at risk of dropping out of the starting lineup. Elsewhere, Ashley Young is available after suspension, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick are all out.
Burnley v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
It would be some story if United snatch Sanchez from under the noses of their city rivals, but irrespective of any potential arrivals and departures, Mourinho’s side need to keep winning. Burnley meanwhile are still looking good in the top half of the Premier League, but they haven’t won for over a month.
The hosts’ game plan for this one will surely be based around containing United’s talented forwards, with only United, Chelsea and Manchester City conceding fewer goals than the Clarets this season. Steven Defour and Jack Cork must put in a strong performance in the midfield engine room to prevent an in-form Paul Pogba taking control of the clash. Contain the marauding Frenchman, who’s unbeaten in his last 35 games, and Burnley - who are 34/5 for the win - will have a chance.
United meanwhile are back to winning ways after three festive draws, seeing off Everton and Stoke in their last two games. Romelu Lukaku was impressive last time out, and the big Belgian is likely to be central to the visitors’ success in this one. Mourinho’s side are looking to shore up their place in the top four, and start the game as 4/7 favourites in the betting. If you think Burnley will hold the Reds to another draw, that’s priced at 3/1.
Lukaku to score and United to win at 16/5
All of United’s forwards could be playing for their place with Sanchez’s rumoured arrival, and top scorer Lukaku will be the focal point of the attack. Pogba is 13/2 for the same bet.
Burnley to win 1-0 at 14/1
Burnley have been involved in 10 games this season that have ended 1-0. It’s 19/4 if you think the visitors will win by the same scoreline.