Premier League Betting Preview: Can Man Utd beat Burnley and go three points clear at the top?
Latest odds and preview ahead of tonight’s Premier League matches
With Liverpool not in action during the midweek, Manchester United have a golden opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the league, in one of three Tuesday fixtures.
Elsewhere, Sheffield Utd will be looking to follow a win in the FA Cup with their first league victory of the season, as they face Newcastle United at Bramall Lane, while Wolves host Everton at Molyneux.
Ahead of the action, we’ve previewed each game in our Premier League Betting Preview…
Sheffield United have finally won a game of football, with their 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup ending a dreadful run of form – their last competitive victory was all the way back in July when they beat Chelsea 3-0 in the 19/20 Premier League season.
With just two points from the opening 17 games of the season, their position in the Premier League is under serious threat and would require a remarkable upturn in form if it’s to be retained.
Tonight’s opponents Newcastle sit in 15th, albeit 17 points ahead of them and Steve Bruce’s side will be looking to heap further misery on the Yorkshire side to end their own poor run of form – having failed to win in their last five Premier League games.
Sheffield United are 9/2 to win, with 17/5 about the draw, with a Newcastle win coming in at 9/4.
For Sheffield Utd, both Enda Stevens and George Baldock could come back into contention after missing out against Bristol Rovers, though Jack Robinson is still recovering from a knock.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson could make his return after missing out on their FA Cup tie with Arsenal, while several players may be rested after playing the full 120 minutes on Saturday, including Jeff Hendricks and Sean Longstaff.
For goal-shy Sheffield United, David McGoldrick looks the most likely scorer and is 23/10 to strike anytime, with Lys Mousset and Oliver McBurnie both at 12/5.
Top-scorer Callum Wilson is 10/3 to score first for Newcastle, or can be backed at 6/4 to score anytime.
After a slow start to the season, Man Utd have climbed into 2nd in the league and now find themselves with an opportunity to go top, with their game in hand against Burnley. A draw would be enough to see them into first, but victory would see them go three points clear before they face Liverpool on Sunday.
Utd are unbeaten in 10 in the league – they haven’t lost since falling to a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal back in November. Opponents Burnley are on a decent run as well, winning three of their last five games, including victories over Wolves and Arsenal.
Burnley can be backed at 13/2 to win, with the draw at 7/2 and Man Utd heavy favourites at 4/9.
Edinson Cavani could return to the starting eleven for Utd after serving a suspension, while Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw could feature after recovering from knocks.
Sean Dyche’s side have had several players out due to coronavirus and he’ll be hopeful of them returning in time for this tie. They are believed to be Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Jimmy Dunne and Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Goalkeeper Nick Pope is expected to start between the sticks, despite picking up an ankle injury in training on Friday.
Midfield talisman Bruno Fernandes is 3/1 to score first for Utd, or 21/20 to net anytime, while a returning Edinson Cavani is also 21/20 to find the net.
For Burnley it’s Chris Wood who leads the betting in goalscorer markets, despite missing a gilt-edged chance in their FA Cup tie with MK Dons at the weekend. He’s 9/4 to score anytime.
Wolves have found it tough going in recent weeks, winning just once in their last seven games. Their drop in form roughly aligning with the sickening head injury suffered by striker Raul Jimenez back in November. While he’s still some way off returning from injury, Wolves have looked to youngster Fabio Silva to lead the line, to mixed results.
Opponents Everton suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Ham last time out, halting an impressive run that had seen them win four games in a row. While they’re seventh in the table, they’re equal on points with Southampton, Man City and Tottenham, and a win here would propel them back into the top four.
Wolves are marginal favourites at 29/20 to claim all three points, with 21/10 about the draw and 21/10 for an Everton win.
Wolves have recalled Patrick Cutrone from his loan spell at Fiorentina to bolster their attacking options after he failed to start a Serie A game this season –he could go straight into the team ahead of Fabio Silva. Elsewhere, Willy Boly could return, but Jimenez, Jonny Otto and Marcal are all set to miss out.
Everton will be without the prolific Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who suffered a hamstring injury, while combative midfielder Allan also faces a spell on the sidelines. On a positive note, Richarlison is expected to be fit, after being rested against Rotherham.
For Wolves, Silva, Cutrone and Pedro Neto all have identical goalscoring odds – they’re each 5/1 to score first, or 23/10 to score anytime.
For Everton, backup striker Cenk Tosun leads the betting at 9/2 to open the scoring, or 2/1 to score anytime.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.