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Burnley vs Manchester United in the Premier League on Feb 8. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Burnley vs Manchester United in the Premier League on Feb 8. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

With Burnley currently finding themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League table, there is very little to write home about and although manager Sean Dyche has worked wonders in the past, one wonders if this season may finally spell relegation for the Clarets.

While for Manchester United, they return to Premier League action lying fourth in the table and although their rivals below have games in hand, points on the board is something that cannot be undervalued.

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Manchester United To Win And Under 2.5 Goals

Although Burnley are not quite as solid at the back as they once were, they are still unwilling to give much away in defence and because of that, this encounter at Turf Moor will not be particularly high scoring.

With that said, there will be enough from Manchester United to come out on top and with a vast amount of firepower for Ralf Rangnick to name in the starting eleven, any combination will be enough to get the better of Burnley.

Which means a Manchester United win and a total of under 2.5 goals looks the best route to go down and if like me, you think that will be the case, you can back this outcome at odds of 11/4.

Burnley Form, squad news, opinion

Although Burnley managed to earn a point away at Arsenal before the winter break, it was a week in which their nearest relegation rivals picked up hugely important wins and in doing so, life has become much more difficult for Sean Dyche’s men.

However, this is a Burnley side that was largely inactive before then and the fact that they travelled to the Emirates and kept Arsenal quiet, is not something that should be simply diminished.

Which means after playing Norwich just a few days ago, Burnley will look to welcome the challenge that Manchester United will bring and with Maxwell Cornet ready to be installed once again, his presence will be a timely boost for the Clarets.

Because in a season where things are not going quite right for Burnley, Cornet has been the brightest star of all and were it not for his goals, then he and his teammates' plight would be a lot worse.

Thankfully, Burnley still have a handful of games in hand to call upon and it is these, which could end up being the deciding factor in their bid to avoid relegation. Of course, with a small squad, a quick turnaround of league outings could also be their ultimate undoing.

In terms of injuries and suspensions going into the visit of Manchester United, Burnley have no injuries to report at the time of writing and will also be in a position to start Maxwell Cornet once again, as the former Lyon player returns from AFCON duty.

Manchester United Form, squad news, opinion

After a dramatic win at home to West Ham, Manchester United find themselves at the front of the top-four race and with interim manager Ralf Rangnick reviving the fortunes of this footballing institution, he has also boosted his chances of a permanent job.

Whether the German stays in the Old Trafford technical area or moves upstairs in the summer as expected, remains to be seen and if United can continue their upward trajectory, then the answer to their managerial problems may well be under their nose.

However, the job is far from done in terms of earning a Champions League return and although they are still in this season’s edition of the competition, a fourth-place domestic finish is arguably the more likely route of return.

While it is a position that they will look to solidify at Burnley and with their opposition down on their luck, United will look to increase theirs and if they manage to do so, it will only generate more momentum within the Red Devils’ camp.

At the same time, these fixtures can always be considered something of a banana skin and if United are to avoid slipping up at Turf Moor, then will not be able to treat their opposition lightly.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Burnley, Eric Bailly will be available for selection after returning from AFCON duty. However, both Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw are expected to be ruled out with hamstring injuries.

History

As far as history goes, there is not too much in the way of a storied rivalry between these two clubs. With that being said, there is not much in the way of distance between them either and this means local bragging rights will certainly be up for grabs.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Burnley have won on 45 occasions, Manchester United 65 and there have been 23 draws

About the Venue

When it comes to Premier League stadiums, Turf Moor is arguably one of, if not the last of a dying breed and although the Burnley fans are nothing short of passionate, it is not one of the greatest grounds in which to observe Premier League football.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

All signs point to a Manchester United win at Turf Moor, but as we know the Premier League can be something of an untamed beast at times and it loves nothing more than throwing up a surprise from time to time.

In terms of like for like comparisons, United will always win when it comes to personnel but there is no doubt that Burnley have an incredible amount of desire and they will need that, if they are to get anything from this encounter.

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