Manchester United vs. Burnley FC – betting tip, prediction, odds for the Premier League match (30.12.2021, 21:00 CET)

A preview of Thursday night’s game between Manchester United and Burnley FC. In our betting analysis, we give you a preview with an expert tip and tell you what to expect until kick-off at 21:00 CET at Old Trafford.

What is in favor of Manchester United?

  • Individual class
  • Strong defense
  • The knot must break soon

What is in favor of Burnley FC?

  • Giant killer
  • Well-rested after more than two weeks without a game
  • Difficult to beat

Our betting tip

  • Tip: Asian Handicap +1.25 Burnley FC
  • Bookmaker: Bet365
  • Odds: 2.04

The English Premier League has been rocked by numerous corona cancellations these days. Both ManUnited and rivals Burnley have had to take involuntary breaks – Burnley even three times in a row. 

Manchester United is fighting to stay in the Champions League, while Burnley FC is simply fighting for survival in the EPL. They are currently 18th in the table and thus relatively far down the table. 

In our betting analysis, we tell you what speaks for and against a surprise in this match.

Expert analysis Manchester United

Manchester United is in danger of slipping further and further into mediocrity after a mixed season so far. The change of coach from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Ralf Ragnick has yet to have the desired effect. Although the German coaching guru has not lost any of his four games in charge of the Red Devils so far, his team has only scored 4 goals. Far too few for a team that has top goal scorers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, as well as other gifted attacking talents. On Monday night, they only managed an undeserved 1-1 draw against another relegation candidate, Newcastle United. 

The game against Burnley FC can set the tone for months ahead for ManUnited. Anything less than a win would be a disappointment. But the way they perform will be crucial. Can they finally get back to playing attacking football that makes the hearts of Manchester United fans beat faster? Can the obvious superiority on paper be converted into superiority on the pitch? However, Ralf Rangnick will have to do without some key players. Bruno Fernandes is suspended, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are injured and Victor Lindelöf has picked up Covid-19. There is little time between Monday’s game and this encounter on Thursday. It will be difficult to give the team a new impetus in this short time.

Expert analysis Burnley FC

Burnley FC has an impressive history as a football club. The club was one of the 12 founding members of the English Football League in 1888 – it does not get more traditional than that. Since then, they have even been English champions twice, most recently in the 1959/1960 season. Fun fact: In the Champions Cup, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a solid 3-1 home win over then-German champions Hamburger SV (HSV won the return leg 4-1). Uwe Seeler scored twice). 

Two years ago Burnley FC still played in the Europa League, last season they only narrowly escaped relegation. Sean Dyche’s team is also struggling this year. With the 3-1 home win against Brentford on 30 October, they only managed one victory, but at least they have only lost six times, the same number of times as fourth-placed Arsenal London. However, the number of draws (8) has been simply too high so far and at the end of this first half of the season, they are only 18th in the table. 

However, the Clarets have made life hell for other favorites like Chelsea, Liverpool, or Manchester City with their defensive style of play. They even managed a draw against Chelsea at Stanford Bridge. But they will be handicapped in this game because Maxwell Cornet, the team’s record acquisition (17,5 million euros from Olympique Lyon), is still doubtful. More than a brief appearance will not be possible after his injury.

Head-to-head comparison

Over the past few years, the Red Devils have always struggled against Burnley. Although they beat the Clarets 3-1 at home in the previous season, they went winless for four years before that. In January 2020, Burnley even won 2-0 in Manchester.

Our betting tip for Manchester United vs. Burnley FC 

It is in the air that the Manchester United-Rangnick collaboration is about to break out. But will it be against Burnley yet? Other favorites have cut their teeth on the East of England side’s massive defense. Manchester United have players with a lot of individual class in their squad. A Cristiano Ronaldo could decide the game with a single action. Nevertheless, in the current situation, ManUnited cannot be expected to dominate the Clarets. There is much to suggest that Burnley has a real chance of picking up a point at Old Trafford. 

A narrow 1-0 win for ManUnited or a goalless 0-0 are possible scenarios, and therefore the best bet in this match is to tip Burnley FC at +1.25 in the Asian Handicap. in the event of a narrow win for the Red Devils, the bet is still half won.

Max Stargard

By Max Stargard

Even as a child, I started typing the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. The stakes were modest back then: The lunch, a few marbles or maybe a milk slice. Then, at the age of 9, I played the penalty bet once - and immediately got 10 right. The previous week I had won 500 DM and in my childish imagination I was already imagining how many football pictures I could buy at the kiosk on the corner. Unfortunately, it was one of those match days when everything turned out as expected and I only won DM 8.10. Nevertheless, I followed the game with great interest. Nevertheless, the passion to correctly predict the outcome of sporting events haunted me for the rest of my life. I would have loved to own the sports almanac that Marty McFly bought in Back to the Future II. Much later, when I was already working as a journalist for newspapers and as a writer for television, I came across an international betting forum with over 100,000 members - and found out that a lot of people there were giving their tips on German football, but nobody seemed to have a real clue, so I wrote a few English-language preliminary reports with a few tips - and was right about everything. After that, an avalanche started. I got offers from bookmakers, sports papers and even betting syndicates to work for them - and I accepted a few of them too, experiencing the ups & downs of sports betting and travelling halfway around the world in the years that followed. There I met Chinese multimillionaires betting five to six figures, amateur players in Serbia or Turkey supporting their families with small stakes, South Africans gambling away half their fortune, Brazilians who could only leave their favelha and become rich by making the right tips. At one point my life was similar to Matthew McCaughaney's in the film Two For The Money - and far too much stress. I subsequently moved to another continent and ran an English-language football epaper about the Bundesliga from there. After the birth of my son, I devoted myself for many years only to artistic projects in the field of photography and literature. However, I am happy to share my knowledge and passion with the readers of bettingtipsafrica.