Burnley welcomes the title by chasing Manchester United at Turf Moor on Tuesday night, with both sides looking to continue good form.
United have positioned themselves as potential Premier League title contenders in recent weeks and currently only sit behind Liverpool on goal difference. Burnley, meanwhile, has been in good contact with himself, losing just one game since early December.
Both teams squeaked in the FA Cup fourth round with narrow wins; United thanks to Scott McTominay’s early goal against Watford, Burnley thanks to a dramatic late equalizer from Matej Vydra which led to a penalty shootout victory against MK Dons.
Anything other than a win for United will be disappointing, especially with a huge game against Liverpool at Anfield ahead. Here is 90 minsgame preview.
When does the kick-off take place? Tuesday January 12
What time is the kick-off? 8:15 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? Turf Moor
TV channel? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US)
Arbitrator? Kevin friend
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is Sean Dyche’s main concern, having avoided the Clarets’ FA Cup draw with an ankle injury.
Along with Pope’s injury concerns, the club have four cases linked to Covid-19 – a major issue considering the size of Burnley’s squad. Kevin Long, Charlie Taylor, Dwight McNeil and Jay Rodriguez are the players affected, and there is no confirmation if they are still able to return.
United are unlikely to risk Eric Bailly early on after being taken out with a head injury against Watford. Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof were all absent from this game and could return to contention, while Edinson Cavani has served his three-game ban.
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial.
Burnley1-1 Milton Keynes Dons (AET Burnley won 4-3 on penalties) (01/09)
Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United (29/12)
Leeds 1-0 Burnley (12/27)
Burnley 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (12/21)
Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley (12/17)
Manchester United 1-0 Watford (09/01)
Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City (06/01)
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa (01/01)
Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (12/29)
Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United (12/26)
While Burnley has been impressive lately, losing just once in their last seven games, it’s hard to see them being able to withstand United’s offensive attack.
With players like Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial set to return after the break, expect a United side to look to be three points clear of bitter rivals Liverpool ahead of their mega-clash on the weekend. -end next.
Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United