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This Man Utd outfit are starting to really come together under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Only Inter Milan (14) across Europe’s big five leagues have a longer unbeaten run than their 11 games now and excluding their FA Cup defeat against Leicester which wouldn’t have bothered them too much, they’ve won all their last six outings across all tournaments after their comfortable win against Granada on Thursday night.
Burnley, on the other hand, have been seriously undone since their impressive back-to-back victories at Anfield and hosting Aston Villa back in late January, going on to lose six of their last 13 in all competitions, winning just twice.
That includes two defeats on the bounce to Southampton and Newcastle who’re nowhere near the standard of the Red Devils, and so you’d imagine this one to be as straight forward as the odds-on price the hosts have in the 1X2 market.
First Half - Burnley or Draw
However, the Clarets do have a favourable W1-D3 record at Old Trafford since the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
Sean Dyche’s men have been level or ahead at the break in each of those encounters while that has also been the case in eight of their last nine in the league, including all their last five as the likes of Arsenal, Leicester and Everton all failed to get one up over them in the first half.
By contrast, Man Utd have failed to be ahead after 45 minutes now in nine of their last 10 outings domestically, and it seems they don’t tend to find their way until the second half.
HT/FT – Draw/Man Utd
Nick Pope has a question mark over his fitness for the visitors in goal, but he’s looking more and more likely to be ready for the weekend and that will be a huge boost.
Indeed, they’ve lost all their last five games without their star man in-between the sticks dating back to 2018/19 season, and his fitness will be vital to their chances.
We still think that the hosts will prevail in this fixture though even if their recent head-to-head record hasn’t been the best.
They’ve gone W8-D1-L1 this term against the bottom six teams, winning at the break just once, as the half time/full time – D/W has come in on six of those occasions.
Furthermore, Burnley have gone W1-D1-L7 against the current top six this season, netting in just three of them and we can’t be getting behind them on any sort of handicap given the scoring capabilities of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes.