Kick-off: 1630, 06/10/2019
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United have gone seven Premier League road trips without a win but get the nod to buck that trend when visiting Newcastle on Sunday.
The Magpies looked like a team in disarray when crushed 5-0 at Leicester last weekend and have only scored one goal in three home games this term.
We’re snapping up 87/100 for the Red Devils to prove a cut above their hosts for our opening Newcastle vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle’s only points this season have come via a shock triumph at Tottenham and home draws against fellow strugglers Watford and Brighton.
During his time at the club, Rafael Benitez repeatedly employed the metaphor of a short blanket to describe his squad, with which you could keep either your head or your feet warm, but not both at the same time.
In essence, he meant that his team would leave itself short in defence if it attacked, or would create too little if it was defensively solid.
Losing Ayoze Perez, Salomon Rondon and Mohamed Diame over the summer put them under even more of a strain and £40million striker Joelinton has had few chances to shine.
Injury issues for Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin haven’t helped either and new boss Steve Bruce is already under pressure following the King Power Stadium collapse.
The 43rd-minute dismissal of Isaac Hayden was an excuse, but Bruce moaned: “We haven’t shown enough resilience and that’s disappointing for me, because that’s the only thing that I genuinely demand of them.
“We have to apply ourselves better than what I’ve just witnessed there because it was a complete surrender too quickly and too easily.
“I’m not going to single out individuals but the whole team performance, the whole lot of them were nowhere near what’s required to go and make a fist of it in the Premier League.”
Looking at the Newcastle vs Man Utd odds, we’re happy to go with 2/1 for the Red Devils to lead at half-time and full-time.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Krafth, Hayden, Almiron, Atsu, Longstaff, Joelinton, Muto.
Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden begins a three-match ban, but Bruce could be boosted by the return of striker Dwight Gayle (calf), wing-back Jetro Willems (knee) and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring).
Meanwhile, defender Florian Lejeune (knee) is building up match fitness, leaving only winger Matt Ritchie (ankle) on the casualty list.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United have made their worst start to a league season for 30 years, picking up nine points from seven games, but they were probably just the better team in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Scott McTominay’s superb strike put the Red Devils in front, but a defensive slip allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to level things up.
That contest was lacking in quality, but United should have been awarded a penalty for a handball by Sead Kolasinac, while McTominay missed another golden opportunity and Marcus Rashford went close.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains positive there are better times ahead, though, saying: “There’s many things that give me a lot of confidence.
“We need to learn to win these games. We know that this team is going to be improving. I thought we saw some excellent performances.”
Much has been made of United’s away-day woes and their performance at West Ham was poor, but they created plenty of chances when drawing at Wolves and Southampton.
This is the kind of fixture where Marcus Rashford must prove he deserves to be the club’s first-choice centre-forward, so 7/2 he breaks the deadlock completes our Newcastle vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd EPL line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, Tuanzebe, Pogba, Lingard, Pereira, James, McTominay, Rashford.
Paul Pogba (foot), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness) and Anthony Martial (thigh) look set to be among United’s absentees after missing Thursday’s Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar.
Defenders Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Ashley Young were others to sit out the 0-0 draw in Holland, where forward Jesse Lingard limped off with a hamstring issue that will need assessing.
Leicester 5-0 NEWCASTLE
AZ Alkmaar 0-0 MAN UTD
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd, Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle
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