Newcastle United vs Manchester United Preview
Newcastle United and Manchester United are two teams that impressed many last season. However, after finishing inside the top four last term, the 2023/24 Premier League campaign has proven more complicated for both sides.
On Saturday, December 2, the two will go head to head at St James’ Park. The kick-off is scheduled for 8 pm local time.
As we will explain in our Newcastle United vs Manchester United prediction, the two teams are coming after disappointing results in the UEFA Champions League midweek. The hosts are at a slight advantage here as they will have had one more day of rest ahead of the match on Saturday.
Newcastle United Preview
The Magpies had a terrible start to the season in the Premier League, losing three of their opening four matches.
However, Eddie Howe’s team gradually improved over the course of the next months and now finds itself seventh in the league table with 23 points after 13 matches. Newcastle boasts a record of 31 scored and 14 conceded goals.
Their recent form is not necessarily ideal as they drew with PSG on Tuesday and are at risk of being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League. Their last five matches in the Premier League include three wins, one draw and one loss.
Manchester United Preview
Similarly, Man United were poor in the opening months of the season but their results have been on an uptrend in recent weeks. With 24 points, the Red Devils sit just one place above Newcastle. Their goal difference isn't as impressive, though, with 16 scored and 16 conceded goals.
As mentioned above in our Newcastle United vs Manchester United tips, Erik ten Hag’s team is approaching the game at St James’ Park following a disappointing midweek result – a 3-3 draw with Galatasaray. Unless for a miracle in the last group stage round, they will miss out on the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Betting Tips Newcastle United vs Manchester United
Both teams to score? Yes
We will kick off our Newcastle United vs Manchester United odds with something that every football fan is looking forward to – goals! It is true that both teams have solid defences but we do not believe in a clean sheet on Friday. Bet365 offers 1.66 odds on both teams scoring.
The Magpies have kept five clean sheets in 13 Premier League outings this term, and their record of 14 conceded goals is the fourth-best in the league.
Similarly, the Red Devils have kept five clean sheets, although conceding two more goals overall. It should be noted that Man United are on a run of three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League, although their performances in the UEFA Champions League continue to highlight the issues with their backline.
Ten Hag’s side has the firing power to score away against Newcastle through the likes of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes but Andre Onana’s good domestic spell should come to an end against the second-best attack in England.
Over 2.5 goals
Continuing with the same line of thinking as our Newcastle United vs Manchester United prediction above, the clash at St James’ Park promises to be an entertaining one. The odds on over 2.5 goals stand at 1.70 on Bet365.
Going by numbers alone, there were at least three goals in three of Newcastle's last five league matches. For Man United, this is true on two occasions, with one of them being the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City. But if we take into account the matches across all competitions, then the Red Devils also have the 3-3 draw with Galatasaray and the 4-3 loss to FC Copenhagen in the last month.
The Magpies have proven themselves capable of big victories at home, beating Aston Villa 5-1 or Chelsea 4-1 last weekend. We are not saying that the same will happen this time around, but three goals seems like a reasonable bare minimum.
Over 9 corners
We haven’t touched on this yet, but it should be obvious that both teams will be desperate for the win against a direct rival on Saturday. With things in the UEFA Champions League going poorly for both sides, a finish inside the top four will be needed to compensate for it.
The situation may be even more dire for Man United as the expectations at Old Trafford are usually higher. To beat the Magpies at St James’ Park, though, Erik ten Hag must deploy an attacking approach on Saturday.
While this should allow Man United to create more opportunities – and perhaps corner kicks after deflected shots or saves from goalkeeper Nick Pope – it will also expose the visitors defensively. Newcastle are one of the best counter-attacking teams in England, so they will know how to take advantage of that.
Moreover, they love scoring from set pieces, so we can expect the hosts to deliberately search for corner kicks. The odds on over 9 corner kicks stand at 1.66 on Bet365.
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