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    26/12/2017 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Old Trafford V Predicted Score:1 - 0

    Away Burnley

      Match Summary

      1 Look out for:

      Unexpected goalscorers. Chris Smalling bagged a brace against the Clarets in 2015, accounting for a quarter of his Premier League goals for United, while Mame Biram Diouf netted his only goal for the Reds against Burnley. Victor Lindelof is 18/1 to score his first United goal, while Phil Bardsley is 25/1 to bag against his former club.

      2 We fancy:

      Unexpected goalscorers. Chris Smalling bagged a brace against the Clarets in 2015, accounting for a quarter of his Premier League goals for United, while Mame Biram Diouf netted his only goal for the Reds against Burnley. Victor Lindelof is 18/1 to score his first United goal, while Phil Bardsley is 25/1 to bag against his former club.

      3 It's a long shot, but…

      Burnley to win by two goals at 80/1. This bet’s a big increase on a one goal winning margin for the Clarets, which is priced at 20/1. After their recent disappointments and with the title all but gone, Burnley could frustrate United and the 2-0 away win’s available at 125/1.

      Team News

      Manchester United's Last Six:

        Manchester United’s last six: Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

        The only blemish on United’s recent Premier League record is their defeat in the Manchester derby, not forgetting of course the shock loss at Bristol City in the League Cup.

        One of the few positives from the cup exit was that Paul Pogba made his return from suspension, and he’ll be a big part of United taking control of this game. Antonio Valencia is a doubt with a hamstring problem, while Marouane Fellaini’s a few weeks away from full fitness and it’s more like a few months for Eric Bailly.

        Burnley's Last Six:

          Burnley’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

          Despite a goalless draw in their recent game at Brighton, the key to Burnley’s success is turning one point into three. Eight of their nine wins so far this season have been by a single goal.

          James Tarkowski has played a major part in keeping the goals out this term, and he’ll be a big miss after he accepted a ban for violent conduct. Stephen Ward could be available for this one after a knee problem, while Robbie Brady misses out after recently having surgery on his own knee injury.

          Manchester United vs Burnley Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

          Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final at Ashton Gate, Bristol.

          There’s no getting away from the fact that Manchester United are huge favourites for this game, but Burnley have exceeded all expectations this season and pose a major threat to Jose Mourinho’s side. Burnley have already drawn away at Liverpool and Spurs this term, and picked up wins at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park.

          Manchester United are 2/9 to pick up the win though, which would be their third on the spin in the Premier League since the derby defeat. The Reds have fresh disappointment to get over after the League Cup disaster, so Mourinho will look for a positive reaction from his players over Christmas. Romelu Lukaku seems to have put his goalscoring troubles behind him, and he’ll be a big threat to a defence missing the impressive Tarkowski.

          Burnley are 18/1, which despite United’s superb home form this season is a huge price considering the form Sean Dyche’s side are in. The Clarets boss will use his team’s previous success on the road to inspire his players, as they look to give their travelling supporters a Christmas to remember. If their defensive unit can provide the platform they usually do despite missing a big player, Burnley could record another great result at Old Trafford.

          The draw is 29/5, and looks quite tempting after Burnley’s performances away from home this season. If you think the Clarets will put in a dogged display that results in a goalless draw, that’s 14/1 while the bookmakers have a 1-1 scoreline priced the same.

          Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 17/20 to get on the scoresheet, after bagging his first goal since undergoing knee surgery against Bristol on Wednesday night. The Clarets could prove hard to break down in this one, so the mercurial striker could be needed from the bench. He’s 10/2 to bag the last goal of the game, or 18/1 to score the only goal of the contest.

          Chris Wood is 110/1 to score the only goal of the game, and he’s always a threat when things are tight. The New Zealand hitman is priced at 3/1 to score anytime, or 10/1 to shock Old Trafford by breaking the deadlock.

          Predicted Score: Manchester United 1 - 0 Burnley

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