Newcastle vs Man Utd: Visitors may need patience
Newcastle vs Man Utd: Visitors may need patience

Newcastle vs Man Utd: Visitors may need patience

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Kick-off: 2000, 27/12/2021

Stadium: St James’ Park

TV: Sky Sports

Newcastle are counting down the days until the January transfer window opens and new recruits cannot come soon enough for the Magpies.

Three straight defeats mean Eddie Howe’s team are languishing in the relegation zone with just one win all season.

The visitors are seeking a fourth successive win and an away victory with over 2.5 goals at 2.00 is our first Newcastle vs Man Utd prediction.

Newcastle United Odds

Newcastle have failed to build on their long-awaited first win of the season earlier this month, with the 1-0 victory over Burnley followed by defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City by an aggregate score of 11-1.

Only goal difference kept them off the bottom of the table at Christmas but midfielder Ryan Fraser remains confident they can dig themselves out of trouble.

Speaking after the 4-0 defeat at home to City, he said: “There are a lot of positives to take.

“The scoreline doesn’t say that but I hope people can look past it and if we stop the silly mistakes, I have no doubt we’ll stay in this league, 100 per cent, under this manager with the players we’ve got.”

Newcastle now have the worst defensive record in the Premier League with 41 goals conceded and their back line could struggle again here, just as they did in a 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford in September.

Looking at the 2.80 for the Red Devils to win and both teams to score once again.

Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Clark, Lascelles, Ritchie, Hayden, Fraser, Murphy, Almiron, Willock, Joelinton, Wilson.

Defenders Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth are expected to be available after illness.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who sat out at the weekend with groin and hamstring strains, will be assessed, but full-back Jamal Lewis is likely to miss the whole festive programme, joining fellow defenders Federico Fernandez (thigh) and Paul Dummett (calf) on the sidelines.

Manchester United Odds

United have gone more than two weeks without a Premier League fixture but will hope they can maintain the momentum from three straight wins as their league campaign resumes.

The trip to Tyneside is followed by home games against Burnley and Wolves so this looks a good opportunity to string a winning run together and boost their top-four hopes.

They have had to be patient recently, having been level at half-time in each of their last four matches before going on to win three of those in the second half.

These two teams were also level after an hour of the reverse fixture before Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal of the game – in his first match since returning to the club – restored Man Utd’s lead and late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard sealed the win.

For the last of our Newcastle vs Man Utd betting tips, we’re taking 4.40 for an away win after a drawn first half.

Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Dalot, Telles, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Ronaldo, Rashford, Sancho.

United are set to end an enforced 16-day Covid-19 break with only the injured Paul Pogba unavailable.

Raphael Varane (hamstring) and Edinson Cavani (tendon) could feature for the first time since being injured during a Champions League group game in Atalanta on November 2. Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also expected to be fit.

Additional stats

Player statistic

1st half
Allan Saint-Maximin
(Assist: Sean Longstaff)
Goal 7'    
2nd half
    57' Yellow card Cristiano Ronaldo
Emil Krafth Yellow card 66'    
    66' Yellow card Bruno Fernandes
    68' Yellow card Harry Maguire
Joelinton Yellow card 70'    
    71' Goal Edinson Cavani
Javier Manquillo Yellow card 90+5'    

Match statistic

30
Possession
70
13
Total shots
13
8
Shots on target
4
3
Shots off target
3
2
Blocked shots
6
2
Corners
3
2
Offsides
3
11
Fouls
8

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