Tip Manchester United FC - Burnley
Manchester United are close to securing second place in the Premier League but may just be holding some hopes for the title as they welcome Burnley in the 32nd round of matches. Going to the game, second placed United have managed 63 points while Burnley, in 16th place, have 33 points. Manchester United are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, but they have a game in hand. They can close that to eight points, with City engaged in the FA Cup this weekend, and City’s loss to Leeds United last week may have been the sign United needed to keep pushing. United currently have the best form in the league, having amassed 13 points from the last five matches and they are coming from a well deserved 2-0 win over Granada in the Europa League. Edison Cavani scored for the second straight game and United are on four straight wins, with each coming with two or more goals. They have two clean sheets in the last five matches and in Premier League action, they are unbeaten in 11, with six wins therein. In their last two league matches, United had to come from down to win. They did it away to Tottenham Hotspur in the latest game, and coming back home, they’ll be eyeing a more comfortable win. That should be well facilitated by Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all who return well rested after suspension for the midweek Europa League game. United have four wins in their last five league matches at home; in the five matches, they’ve scored 18 goals. Here they’ll be without Anthony Martial, who is injured, while Eric Bailly is isolating.
Burnley haven’t had a comfortable run in their last five matches and head to this game just seven points clear of the relegation zone, with 21 points still to play for. In their last five matches, they’ve managed one win, which was not entirely comfortable, as they raced to a 2-0 lead over Everton but had to hold on thereafter to win 2-1. In the two matches that followed, Burnley took early leads against Southampton and Newcastle United, but went on to lose 3-2 and 2-1. In three of their last five matches, they’ve dropped points from winning positions, a run which has also seen them go without a clean sheet in the five matches. They’ve however scored in each of their last five league matches and their brightest performers have been Matej Vydra and Chris Wood who have three goals each in that run. Burnley head here with three losses in the last five away league matches and each of the last four has yielded over 2.5 goals, while they have just one clean sheet in the five away league matches.
Key points Manchester United FC - Burnley
Burnley have scored in each of the last five league matches.
Manchester United have four wins in the last five home matches.
Burnley have two straight losses ahead of this game.
Manchester United scored two or more goals in the last four matches.
Burnley’s last four away league matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Conclusion Manchester United FC - Burnley
Manchester United’s fighting spirit is not in doubt, after coming from down to win their last two league matches. Burnley on the other hand, have been guilty of dropping off after taking the lead in their last two matches. United are clearly the stronger here and have really improved at home after a slow start. Both sides have in-form forward and we can bet on both sides scoring, which makes it a good pick for over 2.5 goals.
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Manchester United FC Burnley Prediction published on April 16, 2021