Burnley vs Manchester UnitedEnglish Premier League, KO: 19:45 Dec 28, 2019, Turf Moor
MANCHESTER UNITED'S trip to Burnley is fraught with danger as this is exactly the type of fixture they have made a mess of this season.
United's away form in the Premier League has been terrible, dropping points against Wolves, Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Watford.
Their only victories have come at Norwich and Manchester City, possession-based opponents who came unstuck against United's rapid counter attacks.
But against Burnley they face a side who will sit deep and ask Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men to unlock their defence, something they have failed miserably to do for most of the season.
At least they have Paul Pogba back to work a bit of magic and the Frenchman should get his first start since returning from injury.
I thought the former Juventus star would be unleashed against Newcastle and tipped him to score but Solskjaer limited Pogba to another cameo off the bench.
How the bookies see it
I'm staying clear of a bet on the outcome here but you could do worse than back Burnley in the double chance market, which pays on a home win or a draw, at 51/50 with Marathonbet.
Recent head to head
Burnley have fared much better against United at Old Trafford than at Turf Moor of late, drawing on their last three visits to the Theatre of Dreams.
The Red Devils have won on their last three visits to Turf Moor and claimed a 2-0 victory last term thanks to a Romelu Lukaku double (below).
Burnley's 1-0 victory in 2009 is their only home win in this fixture since 1968, which perhaps explains why United are odds-on favourites.
Scott McTominay suffered a bad knee injury against Newcastle and the Scot's absence should lead to Pogba being handed a starting jersey.
Burnley have midfielder Jeff Hendrick back from a ban as they look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss at Everton.
Expect both managers to make a few changes just 48 hours after their last match. Ashley Barnes should return to the attack for Burnley.
Players to watch
Anthony Martial (below) was United's main man against Newcastle, netting twice. The Frenchman is 7/4 with Unibet for a goal here and that looks good value, provided he starts.
Pogba 29/10 with the same firm for anytime scorer but I'm more inclined to back him for an assist, which is 9/2 with Ladbrokes.
Burnley's Chris Wood will be a handful for United's centre backs and is a massive threat from set-pieces. He's 5/2 with Unibet in the anytime scorer market but try boosting the odds by backing him to net a header, which is overpriced at 11/1 with SkyBet.
Anything else catch the eye?
Manchester United have kept a clean sheet on their last four trips to Turf Moor and another here pays 6/4 at Bet365. But they have been so poor defensively away from home that I'm steering clear of backing that.
So I'll dabble on cards again here, with Red Devils midfielder Fred catching the eye at 5/2 with Unibet. Burnley's Matt Lowton is 3/1 with William Hill and that also looks good value as he will be up against some pacey United forwards.
This English Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United will be played on Dec 28, 2019 and kick off at 19:45