Mythbusters: Beware Manchester United and 3 other favourites this weekend
We present the case for the underdog in seemingly one-sided matches from England and on the continent...
Burnley v Manchester United
Considering Manchester United’s hectic fixture list, there is good reason to believe that they may rest some of their biggest hitters in this match.
Jose Mourinho is more likely to prioritise next week’s Manchester derby than this game, particularly after Thursday’s Europa League tie against Anderlecht.
That opens the door for Burnley, who have never lost to their visitors at Turf Moor in the Premier League, and still boast the division’s sixth-best home record this season.
The Clarets have beaten Liverpool and Everton on their own turf, as well as holding Chelsea to a point, and notably secured a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in October.
All the signs are pointing towards another draw here, available at , while a Burnley win is out at .
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have history against Liverpool.
The two sides’ memorable 3-3 draw in May 2014 was the fatal blow to Brendan Rodgers’ team’s title hopes.
And the Eagles have since won on their last two visits to Anfield, including in the early weeks of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.
Sam Allardyce’s side can also take confidence from recent victories over Chelsea and Arsenal, part of a run that has seen them lose just once in their last seven outings.
They are available at to cause another shock here, while the draw is available at .
Borussia Monchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund’s away form has not picked up, and they are vulnerable to another upset here.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have won just three of their last 14 games away from the Westfalenstadion, failing to win any of their last three, and they have kept just one league clean sheet on the road this season.
That record certainly improves Borussia Monchengladbach’s chances.
The hosts have only lost six of their 21 home games this season, a sequence that includes victory over fifth-place Hertha Berlin last time out and draws against Hoffenheim and Manchester City.
Dieter Hecking’s side are available to win this game at , while the draw is available at .
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid are in good form, but will be wary of Espanyol here.
The hosts have won six of their last seven matches, including a convincing victory over Sevilla, and are still in the race to qualify for European football.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ side held Atletico to a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon earlier this season, too.
The visitors, meanwhile, have only won four of their last 11 away matches, and were made to work hard to secure a Champions League semi-final spot at Leicester on Tuesday.
Atletico are available at to draw again, with a home win out at .