Newcastle v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 07, 2018
St.James' Park - Premier League
Manchester United head to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, looking to boost their chances of a top four finish with a win over the Magpies.
United have a good recent record against Newcastle, winning three of their last six encounters with them including a 4-1 win at Old Trafford earlier this season, alongside three draws.
Newcastle last beat United back in 2013, with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
United boss Jose Mourinho will assess the fitness of three of his defenders ahead of the game against Newcastle, with Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly all set for a race against time to be fit.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both already ruled out until March.
Rafa Benitez should have a full squad to pick from ahead of this game, with January loan signing Islam Slimani the only slight doubt due to a calf problem.
Newcastle v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Newcastle have improved since the turn of the year, losing just one Premier League game - to Manchester City - in 2018. Benitez looks to have steadied the club sufficiently to avoid relegation, but they face a tough task against United.
Mourinho is likely to still be smarting from their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, despite beating Huddersfield 2-0 in between, as they travel to the north east. That loss disrupted their rhythm in the Premier League, and the Portuguese boss will be keen to get United fully back on track.
Newcastle have conceded just twice at home in 2018, so United will not find them easy to break down, and patience will be required if they are to secure an away win - priced at 4/7.
With Newcastle's defensiveness strength in mind, this is likely to be a tight encounter, with United having to make do with a narrow victory - and an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 4/5.
Manchester United to win 1-0 at 5/1
Mourinho will be well aware that points are all that count at this stage of the Premier League season, and he will be happy to bide his time against his old foe Benitez to pick up a key win.
Alexis Sanchez to score first at 7/2
Sanchez netted his first goal for United, after signing from Arsenal in January, against Huddersfield and he will be brimming with confidence ahead of this game. His speed and persistence in behind will be a real concern for the Newcastle defence.