Burnley play host to Manchester United at Turf Moor on Saturday night where the natives will smell an upset in the air.
The Clarets have stayed true to the style that got them promoted and continue to fight fire with fire in the Premier League. As admirable as that may be, the Clarets are second-bottom.
In losing 5-2 to Tottenham, 3-0 to Man City and 3-1 to Aston Villa, Burnley conceded at least once in the opening 20 minutes and struggled to stem the opposition’s flow after that.
Manchester United are having a rough time of it and their defensive frailties were on display in a 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Erik Ten Hag’s side has failed to win four of six in all competitions and you can cast a lot of doubt on how deserved their two wins were.
Wolves were by some distance the better side at Old Trafford on the opening week of the season, while Nottingham Forest led 2-0 at Old Trafford.
While there’s no doubt the Reds have the firepower to exploit the gaps that Burnley leaves, this is arguably the easiest home game for the Clarets yet.
While hosts may represent a drop-off in standards compared to recent opponents, conceding is a habit and United have shipped 14 in five matches.
Injuries to Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Malacia, Maguire and potentially Varane leave them with no option in defence other than the partnership of Martinez and Lindelof which just isn’t working.
To their credit, Burnley are finding the net against far more organised and efficient sides, so a goal or two against Manchester United isn’t out of the question.
The fixture has typically been a low-scoring victory for the Reds, but these are different times and the hosts will show no fear or respect on Saturday night.
Burnley are staying true to their principles and with everything going against the visitors, it feels like this may be the day it pays dividends.
Burnley 2-1 Manchester United
Burnley to win
Over 2.5 goals
Both teams to score