By David Goulbourn

When: 9:15AM EST, Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Where: Turf Moor, Burnley, England

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: NBCSN, NBC Sports App, Telemundo

 

Burnley (10-6-17) welcome Manchester United (16-12-3) to Turf Moor on Sunday in a Premier League clash that sees the sides in 14th and 5th place go head to head. The last time these 2 sides met was back in October when they played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in a game where Manchester United finished with 10 men following the second half sending off of Ander Herrera. It was a very frustrating day for Manchester United in a game where they had 37 shots on goal but could not find a way past Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Jose Mourinho was also sent to the stands as emotions boiled over and frustration got the better of him.

Burnley come into this game sitting 14th in the league table and are currently 8 points clear of the relegation zone. Sean Dyche will surely be looking up rather than down though and will desperate to finish in the top half of the league with his side currently 4 points behind Watford in 10th. Just 5 points separate the team in 9th and the team in 16th so the last 5 games of the season are vitally important for all of those teams who will keen to finish as high up the table as possible. Manchester United currently sit 5th in the table and are 4 points behind their Manchester rivals Manchester City but have a game in hand. They are a further 6 points back on Liverpool, but have 2 games in hand over them. Jose Mourinho will be desperate to finish in the top 4 following the clubs huge outlay on transfers over the summer and his side will probably need to win at least 6 of their remaining 7 games this season to do that. 

Manchester United

Manchester United come into this game on a fine run of form and back to back wins were needed after a number of recent draws. Last time out they outclassed league leaders Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera getting the goals on a surprisingly comfortable day for Jose Mourinho as Chelsea were just not at the races following a sickness bug that had affected a number of players.

Burnley

Burnley come into this game on a poor run of form that has seen them win just 1 of their last 5 games. Last time out they were beaten 3-1 by free scoring Everton with Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and an own goal from Ben Mee putting pay to any hopes of Burnley achieving their first away victory of the season. Manager Sean Dyche will be keen to see his side get the points needed to assure themselves of safety and will be looking to their strong home form to get them across the line.

Key Points

1. Burnley have the 6th best home record in the Premier League, better than both Manchester United and City.

2. Manchester United’s unbeaten run now stands at 22 games (12-10-0).

3. Marcus Rashford has scored in successive Premier League matches after going 20 games without scoring.

The Pick

Manchester United look in great form at the moment and I would expect them to overcome Burnley in a tight game here on Sunday.

Manchester United 2, Burnley 1