Newcastle United v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 30, 2018

- Grant Whittington

St James’ Park - Premier League

This fixture has produced plenty of entertaining moments down the years, and we should be in for a lively game once again. Manchester United have been reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Newcastle are much improved over the last month or two.

Past Meetings

Manchester United came from behind to win 3-2 when the teams met at Old Trafford last month, while both teams won their home fixture last season. There were two draws the campaign before that, and three United wins in a row before that.

Team News

Jonjo Shelvey made his return from injury at the weekend and the midfielder should start again here. Ki Sung-Yeung is away on Asian Cup duty, while Florian Lejeune is injured. Federico Fernandez and Karl Darlow are both expected to miss this game.

The visitors should have a full complement of attacking players for this game, with Romelu Lukaku back from compassionate leave, and Alexis Sanchez fit again after a hamstring injury. Anthony Martial has recovered from an illness that was perhaps a cover up for his late return to Manchester on Christmas Day.

Newcastle United v Manchester United Preview and Predictions

Manchester United’s resurgence under interim manager Solskjaer continues at St James’ Park on Wednesday, but old foe Rafa Benitez will be doing all he can to put an end to the renewed optimism. The Magpies still have the threat of relegation hanging over them, and will see this game as a chance to pick up some bonus points against one of the big six teams.

The hosts almost gave the Toon Army a late Christmas present at Vicarage Road on Saturday, but couldn’t hold on to the lead that Salomon Rondon gave them. It was still a decent point though, at a ground where some of the big boys have struggled this season. Newcastle are priced at 21/5 to go one better in this one, and hold on to claim a huge victory in front of their own fans.

The visitors are 3/4, which means they start as the clear favourites. Would that have been the case under Jose Mourinho? Perhaps, but we would’ve been in for a much duller game than the one we’re likely to get here. United are playing with freedom again, and the goals have been flowing since Solskjaer came in. If you don’t think that’ll be enough for them to claim the win here though, the draw is priced at 31/10.

Recommended Bets

United to win and BTTS at 28/11

Newcastle have an in-form Rondon up top who’ll fancy his chances against a defence that’s failed to keep a clean sheet in its last seven games. United are still the favourites though.

Over 4.5 goals at 51/10

There was five goals when the teams met earlier this season, while that was the same story when United beat Newcastle 4-1 last season.

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