Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Burnley could be in "serious trouble" alongside Newcastle United and "flaky" Leeds United
"I've got no surety on that prediction about Burnley (surviving), but it's the most worried I've been about Burnley going down," Neville said.
"It's not because Burnley have regressed, I think the quality of the league is so good, and if Newcastle and Leeds play to the standard I think they can do, then I think Burnley could be in serious trouble.
"The reason I said that I think Burnley will survive is because I think I trust them in terms of consistency more than the others."
Sean Dyche's side will bring the curtain down on the calendar year at Old Trafford, where former Valencia boss Neville claimed eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a couple of Champions League winners medals.
The Clarets head into the fixture in 18th spot with a solitary win this term and just 11 points on the board, two adrift of Watford and five short of Leeds United, who they meet in the new year.
Burnley, of course, own games in hand on their rivals having endured postponements over the festive period against Spurs, Watford, Aston Villa and Everton, which will be rescheduled in 2022.
Neville continued: "Leeds and Newcastle are both worrying me. Leeds are flaky, I know they've got injuries at the moment, but they are a little bit flaky. If they get [Patrick] Bamford and Kalvin Phillips back, and the others, then they should just be okay.
"With Newcastle they keep pointing towards this January transfer window as if it's going to be this magical moment; they're still going to have a massive amount to do.
"Burnley I've said because I trust them and they've done it before, but I am more worried about Burnley than I've ever been before because the quality of the league is the best I've ever seen."