Manchester United v Newcastle United betting
Manchester United: League Position: 2nd, League Form: DLWWW
Manchester United continue to chase rivals Manchester City, five points behind already and looking into the face of City’s money filled revolution winning its first title. Beaten only once this season, by City, United still look immovable against the rest of the league, even taking a draw at Anfield with a weakened side.
Manchester United v Newcastle United odds
18 goals in six home games shows United also continue their strong home form of last season, even with a defeat this term, whereas they were unbeaten at home last season and dropped only two points.
The goals have dried up a little since that defeat, with Rooney suddenly playing deeper than ever before, sometimes holding the midfield at its deepest. Clean sheets against Swansea, Sunderland and Everton have only seen three 1-0 wins, and it seems Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to his side’s setback by tightening up.
Now the goals are being nicked by the best poacher in the league. Javier Hernandez has come into fitness and continued where he left off last season. The master of stealing goals gives Rooney the freedom to roam the pitch at his will, and many of his five goals have been vital, especially in the 1-0 at Swansea last weekend and the equaliser against Liverpool last month.
Newcastle United: League Position: 4th, League Form: DWWWL
High flying Newcastle lost their first game of the season last week at Manchester City and have to walk straight into the over half of Manchester in an attempt to bounce back. The second in a run of tough games, next week they face Chelsea, they come into the game with Manchester United having never won this fixture in Premier League history (11 defeats and six draws).
Their early season success has been a whole team effort. Their back five hasn’t changed, Coloccini looking Premier League quality this time around and Tim Krul showing himself to be a fantastic young ‘keeper with even more potential.
Losing Nolan and Barton, arguably two of last season’s best players, has made the side more mobile in midfield, with French midfielder Cabaye combining perfectly with Cheick Tiote. Even Demba Ba has replaced Andy Carroll in the new look Newcastle, scoring the most headers in the Premier League this year, and playing an all round faster and more active game, eight goals a fine return.
Match Prediction: Manchester United Win – 1.4 Bet365
Newcastle have certainly looked good this season, but they had not faced one of the top teams on form until last week, where they first tasted defeat, at the City of Manchester stadium. Draws at home against Arsenal whilst they floundered and Tottenham before they hit form are different propositions to Manchester City and Manchester United.
Manchester United come into this game having looked tighter in defence in recent Premier League games, although their midweek performance against Benfica showed their defensive instability remains from their big defeat against Manchester City. Newcastle will look to take the game to them, and the return to the side of Ashley Young and Nani, as well as the rested Rooney and Hernandez to come back in, means United are again predisposed to attack.
If both United’s do look to attack there will be goals. Manchester United have weaknesses in defence but are too strong for Newcastle in attack. Javier Hernandez can benefit from the space he will find and the chance a trio of Rooney, Young and Nani behind him will make.
Over/Under: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.7 Bet 365,
First Goalscorer: Javier Hernandez – 4.75 Bet 365
Correct Score: 3-1 Man United Win – 12.00 William Hill
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