Kick-off: 1900, 21/02/2021
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
After seeing their title hopes fade in recent weeks, Manchester United could do with enjoying a smooth success when Newcastle visit Old Trafford.
The good news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men is that the Magpies have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League away games.
That record makes 21/20 for a home win to nil an easy place to start with our first Man Utd vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United were made to pay for yet another sluggish start when only drawing 1-1 at West Brom last weekend.
Mbaye Diagne gave Albion a shock lead 80 seconds into the game and Solskjaer’s side failed to kick on after Bruno Fernandes superbly levelled just before the break.
Having been top of the table only three weeks ago, the Red Devils now appear to be fighting it out to be best of the rest behind neighbours City.
“It’s disappointing, of course,” admitted Solskjaer. “We’ve come away with two points less than we wanted to.”
However, when asked if United were now playing for second spot, he insisted: “No, I don’t think so. I think no one will give it away this early.
“No one knows this season, it’s so unpredictable, life is so unpredictable. Anything can happen…we’re not going to settle for second, of course we’re not.”
Thursday’s Europa League trip to Turin to face Real Sociedad shouldn’t put too much pressure on a sizeable squad, so this is a good chance to at least get back on track.
Teenage talent Mason Greenwood this week signed a new and improved deal keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2025.
He scored in last season’s home win over the Magpies and will be keen to celebrate that long-term contract.
Looking at the Man Utd vs Newcastle odds, we like 11/2 for Greenwood to grab the final goal of this game.
Last Man Utd EPL line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Cavani, Martial, Rashford.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle were left looking over their shoulders at the drop zone again after going down 2-0 at Chelsea, in a match which gave us a trio of winning bets.
The Magpies produced a wretched performance at Stamford Bridge, with Steve Bruce’s men now in serious danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight.
Under-fire boss Bruce insisted there were positives from the second-half showing, but by then the damage was already done, with Chelsea obviously coasting to a facile victory.
“We’ve had a difficult spell in terms of picking up points,” said Bruce. “We have to keep our nerve and keep playing our way.
“Make no mistake, we found it difficult in the first half. But we changed things slightly and we had more intensity about our game.”
Former Red Devils defender Bruce may feel there is more scope for having a go at his old stomping ground, but this looks a very limited Magpies line-up right now.
They have lost 2-0 in half of their last six away games in this competition, so 6/1 for that scoreline to come up again completes our Man Utd vs Newcastle betting tips.
Last Newcastle line-up: Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Lewis, Krafth, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron, Willock, Saint-Maximin, Gayle.
Last EPL result:
West Brom 1-1 MAN UTD – Bruno Fernandes
Chelsea 2-0 NEWCASTLE
Head-to-head: Newcastle 1-4 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd, Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd, Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle
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