Odds: Man Utd 3/50, Draw 11/1, Burton 22/1
Kick Off: 2000, 20/09/2017
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United begin their defence of the EFL Cup with what looks a fairly straightforward task against Burton in round three.
The visitors travel to Old Trafford on the back of a useful Championship win over Fulham but were thrashed 5-0 at home by Liverpool in this competition last term.
Jose Mourinho is sure to make a number of changes, though, so we’re taking 7/5 for the Red Devils to prevail and under 3.5 goals in the game for our Man Utd vs Burton betting predictions.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United have bigger fish to fry this season, with a Premier League title bid the priority and a Champions League challenge to consider, but Mourinho does have some strong players in need of a run-out.
Looking at the bench for Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton, the likes of Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera could come in here.
Sergio Romero kept a superb 12 clean sheets in 18 appearances when standing in for David de Gea last season and he will be keen to continue that impressive record.
However, Mourinho’s options up front are not as extensive if looking to rest Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, so we’re going for a correct score of 2-0 at 25/4 in our Man Utd vs Burton betting tips.
A Look At Burton Albion’s Betting Odds
Burton upset the odds when winning at Cardiff in the last round and have only lost once in their last six league and cup matches.
That defeat was a big one, when crushed 5-0 at Leeds, but wins over Birmingham and Fulham, plus draws against Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich are a credit to Nigel Clough’s side.
Albion had just 30 per cent of the possession when entertaining the Cottagers on Saturday, but soaked up the pressure and prevailed 2-1.
“I thought it was a very good game of football,” commented Clough. “They dominated possession but I thought we just about deserved it, for our effort and honesty again.”
The Brewers faced a near full-strength Liverpool side when hammered in the second round last season, but we think United will shy away from rolling out their big guns here.
Looking at the Man Utd vs Burton odds, 23/20 for the visitors with three goals start on the handicap list is tempting.
MAN UTD 4-0 Everton – Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial (pen)
BURTON 2-1 Fulham – Stephen Warnock, Lucas Atkins (pen)
Head-to-head: Man Utd 5-0 Burton, Burton 0-0 Man Utd
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