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Planet Sport Bet ambassador Robbie Savage is betting on the shock of this Premier League weekend taking place at Turf Moor when Burnley play Manchester United.
I think Manchester United defensively right now are really poor considering they’ve conceded three or more goals in three consecutive games. People will argue that it's against Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Brighton.
Is it a good time to play Burnley? Burnley got a point on the road against Nottingham Forest. I think they’ll get something against Manchester United.
Are United playing well? I’m not so sure they are. I think Burnley will see this as a good time to play Manchester United.
I’m going to go with a Burnley - believe it or not - win. I’m going Burnley two, Manchester United one.
Robbie’s tip: Burnley 2-1 Manchester United
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Burnley vs Manchester United team news
Hjalmar Ekdal picked up an injury against Nottingham Forest and is expected to miss several weeks while Lyle Foster was shown red and is suspended.
Vitinho could return to the squad on Saturday but Michael Obafemi and Darko Churlinov are out. The tricky quarter of Zeki Amdouni, Luca Koleosho, Lyle Foster and Anass Zaroury will feature in the attack.
Manchester United will have to assess the damage after their midweek defeat in Munich, but Erik ten Hag has limited options due to injuries to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and potentially Raphael Varane.
Tyrell Malacia and Sofyan Amrabat and are also unavailable, while Mason Mount is questionable and Antony and Jadon Sancho are suspended.
- Burnley (30) have recorded more wins in this fixture at Turf Moor than Man Utd (27).
- Burnley have conceded 11 goals in three home matches, which is 44% of the total they conceded in their previous Premier League season.
- Since beating Leeds 4-2 in February 2022, Man Utd have conceded 56 goals away from home at an average of 2.43 goals per game.
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Burnley have stayed true to the style that got them promoted and continue to fight fire with fire in the Premier League. As admirable as that may be, the Clarets are second-bottom.
In losing 5-2 to Tottenham, 3-0 to Man City and 3-1 to Aston Villa, Burnley conceded at least once in the opening 20 minutes and struggled to stem the opposition’s flow after that.
Manchester United are having a rough time of it and their defensive frailties were on display in a 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Erik Ten Hag’s side has failed to win four of six in all competitions and you can cast a lot of doubt on how deserved their two wins were.
While there’s no doubt the Reds have the firepower to exploit the gaps that Burnley leaves, this is arguably the easiest home game for the Clarets yet.
To their credit, Burnley are finding the net against far more organised and efficient sides, so a goal or two against Manchester United isn’t out of the question.
The fixture has typically been a low-scoring victory for the Reds, but these are different times and the hosts will show no fear or respect on Saturday night.