The visitors have the opportunity to make up ground on the top four but the Clarets look set to provide a tricky challenge early on at Turf Moor
Burnley’s recent Premier League form doesn’t read well; just one win in their previous eight matches isn’t a great return for Sean Dyche’s men but six of those games have been away from Turf Moor.
This game sees the Clarets return to more familiar surroundings and a ground where they have earned 32 points from 16 games, that’s two more than Manchester United have managed in 17 league matches at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho took over.
Paddy Power go 9/2 (5.50) that the hosts pick up another notable scalp on home soil after already seeing off Liverpool, Everton and Southampton while holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United won’t have much time to prepare for this game compared to their hosts considering their Europa League clash on Thursday night went an extra 30 minutes but the same firm go just 4/6 (1.67) that Jose Mourinho’s men pick up a victory that would close the gap on fourth placed Manchester City to just one point. They’ll likely have to do that without leading man Zlatan Ibrahimovic though after the Swede picked up an injury in extra time.
The draw is available at 14/5 (3.80) which was the outcome when Tom Heaton produced a wonderful display to keep United at bay in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.
Those quotes look too short about the visitors though, especially with how impressive Burnley have been at Turf Moor since their promotion back to the top flight. With that in mind, opposing goals in the early stages looks a solid option for punters aiming to find some value in this game.
Paddy Power offer a market on the time of the first goal. Up to and including the 30th minute is a 5/6 (1.83) chance with after the 30th minute priced at 6/5 (2.20). No goals is listed at 9/1 (10.0) for those who fancy a repeat of the goalless draw between these two back in October.
It often takes United some time to get going on the road too. The last time they scored before the 30th minute was 17th December against West Brom and with no Ibrahimovic, it could take the visitors some time to hit top gear.
Since then the minute of their first goal has been as follows; Sunderland (30), Middlesbrough (30), Leicester City (42), Stoke City (90) and West Ham (63). Burnley have conceded just 14 league goals at Turf Moor this season and only three of those have come before half time.
Eight of Burnley’s 16 Premier League games at Turf Moor have been 0-0 at the break and Paddy Power offer 13/8 (2.63) on that being repeated here but the best option looks to be taking the 6/5 (2.20) about the first goal coming after the 30th minute, especially given United’s midweek exertions in the Europa League and their recent trend of taking some time to get going on their travels.
Source : Goal.com News – International