Mythbusters: 4 favourites to avoid on Boxing Day
We pick out an underdog from each of English football's four divisions that could provide your festive period with extra cheer.
Manchester United not to beat Burnley –
Other than defeat to their city rivals, Manchester United have been flawless at Old Trafford this season, but Burnley’s price to avoid defeat there on Boxing Day is too good to ignore.
Jose Mourinho’s side have not convinced recently, winning three games by one goal, conceding a late goal to draw at Leicester, and losing twice in their last six matches.
Burnley – who earned a creditable 0-0 draw in this fixture last season – have avoided defeat away at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool as part of a fine first half of the campaign.
Sheffield United not to beat Sunderland –
Sheffield United’s form has fallen off a cliff in the last month.
The Blades have failed to win any of their last six matches. That run includes three games at Bramall Lane, one of which was against bottom-place Birmingham.
So a visit from Sunderland is poorly timed for Chris Wilder’s side.
The improving visitors have only lost one of their last five games – a sequence that featured a win at Burton, a fine draw at leaders Wolves and their first home win for a year.
Bradford not to beat Peterborough –
Peterborough should fancy their chances at Bradford, whose promotion pursuit is being fuelled by strong away form.
Stuart McCall’s side have only taken 16 of their 42 points at Valley Parade – they are currently 16th in the League One home table – and have failed to win four of their last five there.
Their visitors have only lost one of their last seven away games, so are a good bet to take something on Boxing Day.
Notts County not to beat Morecambe –
Notts County’s away form is underwhelming considering they are firmly entrenched in League Two’s automatic promotion places.
Kevin Nolan’s side have failed to win any of their last seven matches on the road, including defeat at Crewe and a draw at lowly Yeovil.
Morecambe have won two of their last three at the Globe Arena and are worth backing to frustrate their visitors.