Newcastle United v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, October 6, 2019


St James Park

Punter's Pick

Given United’s injury list and confidence levels being low, many could be forgiven for thinking that maybe United are a little overpriced at 17/20. We feel that Newcastle could get something out of this game and the 5/6 being offered as a Double Chance means you cash in if the Magpies can win or secure a draw. Newcastle are certainly more adept at defending than attacking and could make it very difficult for United to get their passing game going. It is difficult to see where United’s creativity will come from and hence this selection is a good pick. We are also backing under 11 corners at 8/13 with the same bookmaker.

Newcastle United play host to Manchester United at St James’ Park in a game both teams must win to get some momentum into their respective campaigns. Newcastle are currently in the relegation zone and United could be six points off the Champions League places by the time the game starts. Neither team has won any of their last four games in all competitions and failure to get something from this game could heap pressure on both manager as crisis talk will inevitably begin.

Newcastle have proven difficult to beat at times but rarely carry a goal threat of their own. Five goals in eight games tells its own story and Steve Bruce will have to set his team up to be more attacking if they are to get the points required to get out of the relegation zone. The victory over Tottenham away should have been the catalyst for a run of positive performances but they drew both their two home games immediately after and then suffered away losses at Liverpool and Leicester City. The game against the Foxes was particularly painful as the Magpies leaked five goals and rarely threatened the opposition goal. Record signing Joelinton has found life in the Premier League difficult and they have missed the creativity provided by the now departed Ayoze Perez. Newcastle could look to change styles and go more direct via Andy Carroll and it will be interesting to see how they line up in a game where they are the home team.

Manchester United have had a torrid run of form considering their lofty ambitions for this season. A 2-0 loss to West Ham has been followed by three draws on the bounce in all competitions with the team scoring just two goals in their last four games. Confidence is clearly low as injuries take their toll and key players are missing during this busy period. Youngsters such as Mason Greenwood and Daniel James are the ones being touted to get them out of this rut and not the likes of Paul Pogba. Goals have been coming at a premium and with Martial injured and Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku leaving in the summer, the burden has fallen on Marcus Rashford. Thus far the midfield have not been able to create many chances which will make it difficult for them against a Newcastle side that is more comfortable defending than they are attacking.

In team news, Newcastle will make a call on whether to make Dwight Gayle a part of their matchday squad. The striker last played for the club 17 months ago but given their issues up front, he may be pushed back in to at least be an option from the bench. Allan Saint-Maximin is also pushing for a starting berth but Isaac Hayes is out as he is due to start a three match ban.

United will be without French pairing Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial due to respective ankle and thigh injuries. Full-back Wan-Bissaka will be assessed before the game but it is reported that he still hasn’t recovered from tonsillitis, with youngster Tuanzebe and Diogo Dalot battling for starts. 

Traditionally Manchester United have dominated this fixture with Newcastle winning just once in their last nine meetings. United won both games last season although the game at Old Trafford was extremely hard fought and Newcastle went 2-0 up. But goals from Mata, Martial and Sanchez secured the points and it was a little more straight forward in the reverse fixture where United won 2-0.

Punter's Pick

Given United’s injury list and confidence levels being low, many could be forgiven for thinking that maybe United are a little overpriced at 17/20. We feel that Newcastle could get something out of this game and the 5/6 being offered as a Double Chance means you cash in if the Magpies can win or secure a draw. Newcastle are certainly more adept at defending than attacking and could make it very difficult for United to get their passing game going. It is difficult to see where United’s creativity will come from and hence this selection is a good pick. We are also backing under 11 corners at 8/13 with the same bookmaker.

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