EPL Saturday Night Best Bets - Matchweek 14
Perhaps the most inconsistent and unpredictable side in the Premier League, it’s always dangerous territory when deciding what to tip for a United match.
Crystal Palace v Burnley
This could be a truly terrible match.
Palace have just two points from their six matches at Selhurst Park this season – scoring a mighty two goals in the process – while Burnley have a slightly better record on the road, but have still lost four of their seven matches.
This one reeks of a bore draw. Palace’s inability to score goals might be offset by Burnley’s terrible defensive record, but this will most likely be a 0-0.
The Clarets have already enjoyed a couple of goalless away draws against Southampton and Leicester, which is why I believe Saturday’s clash will end all-square.
Despite people rightly commenting on how poor Burnley have been this season, Palace are still on the same number of points as them; a draw won’t particularly please either manager, but avoiding defeat is the most important result in these mid-season six-pointers.
Southampton vs. Man United
Manchester United kept their second clean sheet of the season against Crystal Palace last weekend, and if there’s ever a side you want to face to keep another one, it’s Southampton.
The Saints have scored just 10 goals in their 13 matches, and with Danny Ings – who has scored 40% of his side’s goals – struggling for fitness, the signs aren’t looking good for Mark Hughes’ men.
United’s last four away games have all seen three or more goals scored, however those were all against sides who have much better goalscoring capabilities than Southampton: West Ham, Chelsea, Bournemouth and Manchester City.
Judging by what I saw against Young Boys on Tuesday, United aren’t going to blow Southampton away any time soon – therefore I’m looking at under 2.5 goals as my next tip.