Both Burnley and Manchester United are in desperate need of a win as they prepare to face each other at Turf Moor on Sunday.
The Clarets have made a terrible start to the domestic season as they have managed only one point from their three league games. Following a goalless draw with Southampton on the opening weekend, Burnley have suffered disappointing defeats to Watford and Fulham whilst conceding seven goals. This is very uncharacteristic of Sean Dyche’s side, but their domestic campaign has also been affected by Europa League qualifiers.
During the midweek, Burnley suffered another setback as they bowed out to Olympiakos in Europa League playoffs. It could be a blessing in disguise for Dyche as he would be able to prioritize Premier League from now on.
The Red Devils come into this game following back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham. The 3-0 defeat to Spurs was especially disappointing and it has put a lot of pressure on Jose Mourinho. In the aftermath of the defeat, there has been a lot of speculation about Mourinho’s future, and the Portuguese manager can’t afford to lose this game.
United have conceded three goals in each of their last two games, and Mourinho needs to find a way to plug holes in his defence. Eric Bailly and Vincent Lindelof were ineffective against Brighton, and a back-three of Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones didn’t work either against Spurs. Furthermore, Jones picked up an injury in the game so Mourinho would need to try something new against the Clarets.
United are obviously a much better side and huge favourites to pick up three points. However, Turf Moor is an intimidating place for any side, and United can’t afford to put a foot wrong in the game.
Burnley don’t have a terrible record against United. They have managed to pick up one win and three draws in eight league meetings with the Red Devils. However, United have managed to pick up wins on their last two trips to Turf Moor. Last season, United claimed a 1-0 win in the corresponding fixture, but they could only manage a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.
Burnley Team News
The likes of Chris Wood, James Tarkowski, Matt Lowton, Jack Cork, Joe Hart and Stephen Ward are expected to be in the starting eleven after being named on the bench on Thursday. Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Steven Defour and Nick Pope are out injured. Robbie Brady is also a doubt.
Manchester United Team News
Phil Jones suffered an injury against Tottenham and he is not expected to play any part. Marcus Rojo and Diogo Dalot are still lacking match fitness. Eric Bailly is expected to be called back into the starting eleven. Alexis Sanchez could also make his first start since the opening day.
Manchester United are strong favourites to win at their best odds of 4/6. However, United look very unassured right now, and it would be risky to back them at Turf Moor. Hence, we are backing ‘Both Teams to Score’ at 11/10 odds at Betfair. United are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, and Burnley have conceded seven goals in their last two games. For these reasons, BTTS is a very attractive bet at these odds.
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