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Manchester United vs Brentford Predictions

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Manchester United
Brentford
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Both Teams To Score

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Draw 2-2

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Cristiano Ronaldo To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Brentford have seen both teams score in each of their last five away trips
  • The Bees have conceded in their last 14 away games
  • United have conceded in nine straight matches
  • Ronaldo has scored 18 goals across 18 meetings with promoted sides in the Premier League

Rough times for Red Devils

Since Derby County beat Manchester United 3-2 in April 1997, the next 20 visiting sides have lost their first ever Premier League game at Old Trafford. However, if there was ever a time for that run to end it’s this week.

Brentford make their first league visit to Old Trafford since 1946 this week having gone unbeaten in four. Meanwhile, problems continue to pile up for United. They’ve won just twice in 11 with their season fizzling out, leaving them battling to secure a top six finish and avoid a season in the Europa Conference League.

The past few days have seen their Director of Football resign and their caretaker boss has been announced as the new Austria boss. The behind the scenes turbulence continues at Old Trafford, leaving them vulnerable to the Bees.

Brentford bounce

Brentford had looked set for a relegation battle after a worrying slide, but they have responded in impressive fashion. The Bees have won 16 Premier League points since the start of March (W5 D1 L1), claiming a win at Stamford Bridge in that run.

It’s a bit simplistic to put their impressive run down to one player, but the impact Christian Eriksen has had is undeniable. Since his first start for the club in March, no player has created more chances for Brentford than the Dane (13). They’ve also gone unbeaten in all six games in which Eriksen has started.

Bees to sting United

Heading into this one, it’s quite easy to make a case for the visitors taking something back from Old Trafford. They meet a United side who have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games, with the hosts conceding in 80% of their league games this term.

However, the Bees also have issues at the back. Brentford have conceded in each of their last 14 on the road, shipping 30 goals in 17 trips. We know that United have Cristiano Ronaldo to fall back on, with the Portuguese striking in his last two games. Ronaldo has been involved in 24 goals in his last 18 Premier League games against promoted sides (18 goals, 6 assists), so I’d expect him to notch again in this clash.

However, United’s weaknesses along with Brentford’s upturn in form should see the visitors score. Both teams to score is my first selection in this one, while United’s winless run should help the visitors continue their good run. With both defences vulnerable, I’m going with a 2-2 correct score prediction.

Manchester United predicted lineup: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Telles; Matic, McTominay; Mata, Fernandes, Elanga; Ronaldo

Brentford predicted lineup: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Sorensen, Henry; Janelt, Norgaard, Eriksen; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa

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