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Man Utd v Burnley: Rooney goal drought has to end sometime

| 10.02.2015

Manchester United rode their luck to steal a point at West Ham last time out and with Burnley the visitors to Old Trafford on Wednesday the Red Devils look likely to flatter to deceive for a while longer.

The hosts are billed as the 3/10 favourites for this clash, with Burnley rank outsiders at 9/1 and the draw available at 9/2.

But, with United unattractively priced to claim all three points, there are better value bets to be placed and here are are our top three.

United to win and BTTS @ 2/1

Despite their underwhelming performances of late, United have lost just one of their last 17 games in all competitions and with the Clarets winning just one of their last 10 a victory for the home side looks a given.

United are likely to have score twice to seal the win, however, with Burnley netting in seven of their last eight games and Louis van Gaal’s men conceding in four of their last five at home.

Half-time correct score – 0-0 @ 9/4

United fans hurrying to take their seats in recent games needn’t have bothered with four of their last six matches goalless at the half.

United have only lead at the break once in that run and while the 1-1 selection tempts at 8/1 for bore draws speak for themselves so back this, even if it does make you late for kick-off!

Wayne Rooney to score first @ 4/1

Rooney is having a 2015 to forget so far, having last scored on Boxing Day the United ace has now gone eight games without registering a goal or even a shot on target.

This must surely mean a return to a striking berth for the United captain and with 14 goals from 20 games before his current lean spell he could just show Radamel Falcao how it’s done.

Rooney’s last two goals have both been at Old Trafford and both came first in games and with the striker close to matching his worst drought since 2010 he’ll be desperate to get back among the goals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.