Newcastle United host Manchester United in their first game post international break. Will Newcastle be able to keep up their strong recent form unbeaten in four? Jozef Kostecki previews this Saturday night game and providing his best betting tips for the tie in the North East.
Who is playing?
Newcastle United vs Manchester United
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 5
What time is Newcastle United vs Manchester United?
20:00 GMT, Saturday 17th October 2020
Which stadium is hosting Newcastle United vs Manchester United?
St James’s Park, Newcastle, England
What channel is Newcastle United vs Manchester United on?
Sky Sports Box Office
Newcastle United vs Manchester United Summary
You would have been hard pressed to find a team more in need of the international break than Manchester United. Now as we step back into normality, the Red Devils need to show what a 500 million pound starting eleven is capable of. Solskjaer’s team have been terrible so far this season, sitting just three points above the relegation zone and after picking up points in only one of their three games. The time has to be now for the Manchester club to turn around their fortunes.
Newcastle on the contrast would like to have been able to keep building on the momentum they gathered. The Tyneside club are unbeaten in their last four games, with the way their opponents have been playing they will more than confident of stretching this streak to five. Callum Wilson’s quality will only multiply this confidence with his display put up against Burnley still firmly in mind.
Newcastle Team News and Form
The Tyneside club have had a mixed start to the season, from week to week they have been unpredictable. Calmly dispatching West Ham on the first game of the season, but then following that up with a 3-0 loss at home to a 10 man Brighton team. Since then, however, the North-East club have found their feet including putting up a free scoring display in the EFL cup against Morecambe, a hard fought draw against tough opposition in Spurs and a huge win against Burnley in their last Premier League game.
One issue that could well rear its head on Saturday night however is Newcastle have the most injuries of all Premier League clubs with a massive 11 potential injuries. These include regular starters such as Miguel Almiron, Jamal Lewis , Jamaal Lascelles.
There is also the potential of top talent Allan Saint-Maximin missing the game after picking up a knock against Burnley The Magpie’s fans will have their fingers crossed till the final team sheet is announced Saturday night.
Manchester United Team News and Form
Terrible viewing has awaited Manchester United fans so far every time they have tuned in to watch their team so far this season. The Red Devils have looked tired, lacked focus and overall a far cry from a team that finished 3rd in the Premier League last season. The team that finished unbeaten in their final 14 Premier League games last season already looks nothing more than a distant memory.
The embarrassing showing United put out at home against Spurs in their most recent game is still fresh in every Premier League fan’s memory, as a result United need to turn up in style when they travel North up the A1 on Saturday. There will also be hope in the United camp that Alex Telles arrival will help fortify a leaky defence.
The repercussions of that 6-1 defeat will still be in effect with Solskjaer’s team selection with Anthony Martial ruled out, after his altercation with Erik Lamela resulted in a straight red card. This loss of striking options was doubled when Edinson Cavani was confirmed as ruled out, hopes he could skip COVID-19 isolation after previously having the infection were put to rest. This presents an interesting predicament for the United manager.
With many potential solutions; moving Mason Greenwood or Marcus Rashford back to a central position would be two of those. There is also the potential of a first Manchester United Premier League start for Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian striker is yet to score this season, but like United maybe it is time for his fortunes to change.
Newcastle Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
- Burnley (H) 3-1 win Premier League
- Newport County (A) 1-1 win* EFL Cup
- Tottenham (A) 1-1 Draw Premier League
- Morecambe (A) 0-7 win EFL Cup
- Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 0-3 loss, Premier League
Manchester United Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
- Tottenham (H) 1-6 loss Premier League
- Brighton & Hove Albion (A) 0-3 win EFL Cup
- Brighton & Hove Albion (A) 2-3 win Premier League
- Luton Town (A) 0-3 win EFL Cup
- Crystal Palace (H) 1-3 loss Premier League
Newcastle United Top Scorers
Callum Wilson (4 Goals all competitions) – The Englishman has had an electric start to the season already bagging 4 goals. His goal every game ratio in the Premier League so far this season is impressive and could very well continue against a poor Manchester United defence.
Joelinton (2 Goals all competitions) – Whilst he is yet to bag a goal in the Premier League, the 40 million pound man can bring something different to a Newcastle squad that is struggling with injuries. After two back-to-back starts in the league, he will hope now is the time for him to get his first league goal.
Manchester United Top Scorers
Bruno Fernandes (2 goals all competitions) – The Manchester United talisman has been prolific from the penalty spot. Slotting two into the back of the net so far this season: will Saturday be the day he scores from open play?
Marcus Rashford (2 Goals all competitions) – After a hectic week where he received an MBE, the Manchester born and bred forward will hope to increase his goal tally after grabbing one over the international break.
- Newcastle United have been the first to score in 5 out of the previous 6 meetings between the two clubs
- Steve Bruce holds a 2:1 win record against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Manchester United have conceded the second most league goals this season (11), only worse is West Brom (13)
- Defeat would be the first time Manchester United have lost 3/4 of their first league games since 1986-87.
|26th December 2019||MUN 4-1 NEW||Premier League|
|6th October 2019||NEW 1-0 MUN||Premier League|
|2nd January 2019||NEW 0-2 MUN||Premier League|
|6th October 2018||MUN 3-2 NEW||Premier League|
|11th February 2018||NEW 1-0 MUN||Premier League|
Jozef’s Betting Tips
With both sides hosting high scoring games right now and the increased rate of Penalties being given, over 2.5 goals seems a very smart bet right now. In all but one of Newcastle’s last 5 games, this has happened, and this has been the case in every one of Manchester United’s last five games. Over 2.5 Goals is 8/11* with Mark Jarvis.
Following on from the previous point, penalties are being given by the bucket-load right now and there are few better takers out there than Bruno Fernandes. Both he and Callum Wilson have scored two each so far this season. Because of this, I’m going to suggest Callum Wilson to score anytime 9/5* with Mark Jarvis.
Finally, we look at full-time score, whilst it would be tough to say its win or go job hunting for Ole Gunnar. There has and possibly always will be doubts hanging over him, if he cannot get his team performing this weekend they will only grow. Because of this, a Manchester United win with both teams to score seems worth considering, especially at 11/5* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of time of writing (Wednesday 14th October 2020) and subject to change
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