Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Burnley and Manchester United lock horns on Tuesday night in a clash that could change the outlook of the Premier League title battle.
The second-placed visitors have a golden opportunity to move above Liverpool as league leaders. One point at Turf Moor will be enough, although all three points are very much the target. Burnley, on the other hand, sit 17 points behind in a distant 16th in the standings.
The two sides shared the spoils of victory away from home last season. After United bagged a 2-0 win in Lancashire, Burnley got their sweet revenge at Old Trafford last time out by winning 2-0 themselves. Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez were both on target.
But United’s excellent form, along with an impressive away record this season, leaves the hosts as arguably the underdogs for this one.
Burnley Form & Stats
Burnley began December with just a single win in nine games (D2 L6) to leave them second-bottom in the league table. Three victories in the last six outings (D2 L1), however, has moved them five points clear of the relegation zone.
Beating MK Dons on penalties in their third-round FA Cup tie also means Sean Dyche’s side have won three of their last four games in all competitions. They’ve also had an extended rest after their match with Fulham on January 3 was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, compared to United’s three matches in 2021 already, the Clarets have played just once so far.
Burnley lost all their games against Manchester City, Tottenham, and Chelsea to nil at Turf Moor earlier in this season. Their home form, however, has improved recently. In fact, they’re unbeaten in their last five home matches (W4 D1) in all competitions ahead of United’s visit on Tuesday.
Despite the change in fortunes, the two-time English champions have just scored nine goals in the Premier League so far. It’s the league’s second-worst record behind Sheffield United (8 goals).
Key Team Stats
- Won 3 of their last 6 league games (D2 L1).
- Won 4 of their last 5 home games in all competitions.
- Only won 1 of their last 25 league games against a top-six club (D4 L20).
- Scored more than 1 goal in only 2 of their 15 league games.
- Failed to score in any of their last 5 home games against Manchester United.
- Chris Wood is the only Burnley player to score more than once in the league (3 goals).
Manchester United Form & Stats
Scott McTominay’s fifth-minute header was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Watford in an FA Cup third-round tie on Saturday. Therefore, Manchester United’s brilliant form continues ahead of the visit to Turf Moor.
A 10-match unbeaten run (W8 D2) in the Premier League has moved them level on 33 points with Liverpool at the top of the standings. And with a game in hand over their Merseyside rivals, which is to be played in Burnley, United can snatch control of the title battle. It would be a tremendous boost ahead of the upcoming showdown at Anfield this Sunday.
January is a critical month for any club, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are no exception. Their clashes with Burnley, Liverpool, Fulham, Sheffield United, and Arsenal could define their campaign.
The Red Devils have got plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the trip to Burnley. Aside from an excellent head-to-head record overall, they’ve won 11 of their last 14 away league games without a single defeat (D3), and welcome back Edinson Cavani from suspension.
Key Team Stats
- Won 8 of their last 10 league games (D2).
- Unbeaten in their last 14 away league games (W11 D3).
- Won all their last four away league games against Burnley.
- All 6 of their away league victories this term have come after conceding the first goal.
- BTTS in their last 7 away league games.
- Scored at least twice in their last 11 away league games.
- Bruno Fernandes has made 18 goal contributions (11 goals, 7 assists) in only 16 league games – 55% of the club’s 33 league goals.
- Anthony Martial has scored in all 3 of his league visits to Burnley.
- All 4 of Edinson Cavani’s goals for Manchester United have come away from Old Trafford.
Doubts: Charlie Taylor, Kevin Long, Jay Rodriguez, Dwight McNeill, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Jimmy Dunne, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Out: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo.
Doubts: Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in the Premier League
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Premier League.