Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United, and offers the latest betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
One of English football’s most memorable rivals in Newcastle and Manchester United will go head-to-head for the 170th time at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday night.
All eyes will be on the visitors, in particular, following their 6-1 loss to Tottenham last time. Their joint-heaviest defeat in Premier League history left them down in 16th-place in the standings on three points. Therefore, they’ll be determined to make amends in North East England.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have enjoyed a decent start compared to their opponents. The hosts will, no doubt, love to instill further misery on United and may take heart from last season’s 1-0 triumph at St James’ Park in October 2019.
Newcastle United Form & Stats
Despite that 3-0 howler at home to Brighton, Newcastle will be pleased with their start to the season. Two wins and a draw away to Tottenham have granted them seven points, and a top-10 spot.
The 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park left them in good shape for the international break. In fact, they are three points and five places better off than at the same stage in the 2019/20 campaign. Now it’s about maintaining their form to keep their spot in the upper half.
Steve Bruce’s side can also take heart from their recent head-to-head record against United, having won two of their last three home encounters. That, on top of their foes’ struggles, could suggest an upset is on the table.
Key Team Stats
- Unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions.
- BTTS in three of their last four games in all competitions.
- Callum Wilson has scored four goals in his four league games.
- Over 3.5 goals in their last league games this season.
Manchester United Form & Stats
The international break couldn’t have been more welcome for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It’s been a disastrous start for the Red Devils boss, with rumors over Mauricio Pochettino replacing him growing stronger. Simply put, he needs results sooner rather than later.
Solskjaer has even openly admitted the pressure is on for him to deliver ahead of a crucial phase in the season. Not helping him are rumors of unrest in the squad and the club’s failed transfer plans, despite signing Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles.
Resolving his leaky defense should be a top priority, with United conceding 11 goals in their opening three games. It’s their worst start to a campaign since 1986/87. Even the world’s most expensive defender in Harry Maguire has come under-fire.
Key Team Stats
- Won all three of their away games in all competitions this season and scored at three goals in each fixture.
- The second joint-worst defensive record in the league on 11 goals conceded.
- Conceded at least two goals in their three league games this season.
- BTTS in all three of their league games this season.
Newcastle United: Martin Dubravka, Dwight Gayle, & Matt Ritchie, Matthew Longstaff, Paul Dummett, & Ciaran Clark (all out).
Jamal Lewis, Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin, & DeAndre Yedlin (all doubts).
Manchester United: Phil Jones & Edinson Cavani (both out); Anthony Martial (suspended); Axel Tuanzebe & Harry Maguire (both doubts).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)