Prediction and odds for the game: Brentford (15/4) vs Manchester United (8/11)
We are backing Bruno Fernandes to be an anytime at odds of 8/5
When: Wednesday 19 January 2022, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Brentford Community Stadium
On Wednesday night, Brentford host Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium, as the visitors look to boost their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
The Bees form in the Premier League has fallen off a cliff of late. Thomas Frank’s team head into this clash on the back of four defeats in their last five matches in the English top-flight. Last time out they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Liverpool. The result also means that the home team has kept just one clean sheet in their previous 16 league outings.
Despite their recent poor run of league form, Brentford are still ten points clear of the relegation zone and look like they won’t be embroiled in the fact for survival this season.
The Bees home form has improved lately, as they have won three of their last four league matches on home soil. Their recent Premier League matches have been relatively high-scoring on home soil, as four of their previous six games on home soil have produced over 2.5 goals.
The Red Devils threw away a two-goal lead last time out at Aston Villa to draw 2-2. The draw continued the visitors recent inconsistent Premier League form, with rumours suggesting that the United players are struggling to adapt to life under interim head coach Ralf Rangnick.
United have won just one of their previous four games in the English top-flight. However, on the flip side, the visitors have suffered just one defeat in their previous eight games in the Premier League. Like their hosts, clean sheets have been in short supply of late for United, having prevented just one of their last five opponents from scoring in the top-flight this season.
Despite all the recent perceived negatives around United, Rangnick’s team are still just five points behind fourth-place West Ham, with two games in hand on David Moyes’ team.
The visitors have struggled for victories on their travels of late. Although they are unbeaten in four away games in the Premier League, they have also recorded just one win in the run. Three of their games in the period have finished in draws.
Brentford’s recent form has been poor and this game presents the Bees with another challenge. There have been positives to take for United in recent games. However, they are not in good enough form to back them at short odds.
Instead, we are backing Bruno Fernandes to be an anytime goalscorer. The Portuguese star scored a brace last time out and looked like he could be getting back to his attacking best. We are also backing over 2.5 goals scored in this clash, as both teams have been generous in defence in recent weeks.
Our Tips: We are backing Bruno Fernandes to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 8/5 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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