Manchester United meet Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day in a clash between two of the four best defensive teams in the Premier League.
The Red Devils’ hopes of a 21st top flight title this term have all but vanished, but they could strengthen their grip on the runners-up spot with victory over seventh-place Burnley, who have been the division’s surprise package.
The hosts are heavy favourites for a ninth home victory of the campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s men need no reminding though of last season’s frustrating 0-0 with the Clarets, who are to leave The Theatre of Dreams with another point.
Sean Dyche’s side are stronger this term and, having left Stamford Bridge, Wembley and Anfield unscathed, can be found at for a shock victory.
With Chris Wood having picked up a knock in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Tottenham, the goalscoring responsibility could fall to Ashley Barnes: the ex-Brighton man has struck the last goal in two of his side’s previous eight games and is to do so again.
Another former Brighton player is Jesse Lingard, who has netted four goals in his last six league games and is to add to his tally.
83.3% of Burnley’s Premier League games this season have seen the net bulge on two or fewer occasions, so the on Under 2.5 Goals holds appeal.
Manchester United have not created so many chances of late, baring the 2-2 draw at Leicester and we’ll recommend the on another goalless draw could be worth considering for those happy to take a long shot on the game.
Our best bet though is the Burnley +2 handicap at , which will land if they avoid defeat by two or more goals, which they have done in 17 of their 19 games. With United far from their best this could be another dour encounter and the Clarets are capable of staying within touching distance at Old Trafford.
Tip: Burnley Handicap 2
Manchester United v Burnley [Handicaps]
Tip: Under 2.5
Manchester United v Burnley [Total Goals Over/Under]
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