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Manchester United host Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday, kicking off at 5:30pm local time. After the first seven games of the season, it’s fair to say that both sides have had equally poor starts, as Manchester United are labouring down in 10th position and Newcastle remain in the relegation places, yet to win a game this season.

Home Team: Manchester United

manchester united betting on footballManchester United’s season has been somewhat of a circus even as early as the pre-season. Jose Mourinho had made comments throughout the summer suggesting that the pre-season was rather pointless without many top players, and made comments throughout suggesting they need more quality in the squad. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there is a mini-crisis at the club, and many are anticipating that Jose Mourinho doesn’t have a long time left as Manchester United manager. He appears to have lost the dressing room, and can’t work out his best team at the club. Does Alexis Sanchez return to Premier League action? Does Martial keep his place? How will Pogba play? It’s intriguing for the fans as to how this match will pan on Saturday evening. Following draws at home to Wolves, and defeat at West Ham, Manchester United cannot afford to drop any points at home to Newcastle on Saturday.

Away Team: Newcastle

newcastle united betting on footballNewcastle United’s poor start to the season hasn’t gone completely unnoticed, despite many pundits focusing on Manchester United, but it’s hard to forget that Newcastle have had a very poor start to their season. It was considered somewhat acceptable to lose to Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, all by a 2-1 score line, but results in the three other matches this season for Newcastle have not been good enough, especially with their most recent loss to Leicester at home 2-0. The Magpies have scored four goals this season, which is not a good return for seven matches, as Joselu has tried his best to contribute a couple, and new signing Rondon has been out of action with injuries. All those four goals have been scored against the top teams, but in the ‘winnable’ games this season, Newcastle are yet to score a goal. On Saturday, they are playing Manchester United, who technically a ‘big team’, so maybe they’ll get their first goal since the 15th of September.

Head to Head

Manchester United have been the dominant side in this fixture, losing just three matches out of the last 32 meetings at both venues. At Old Trafford, it’s even more dominant as Newcastle have just one once there since 1972. That sole victory was back in 2013, when Manchester United were under the regime of David Moyes, and Alan Pardew’s Newcastle won 1-0 courtesy of a Yohan Cabaye goal. In last year’s meetings, Manchester United had won the home fixture 4-1 quite comfortably despite falling behind, and in the reverse fixture Newcastle had got a vital 1-0 win which helped them steer clear of the drop, and all but end Manchester United’s slight chance of challenging for the title.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Manchester United are at 1/2 to get the home victory here, with Newcastle at 11/2. A draw is priced at 16/5. Despite the turmoil at Manchester United, I would have to back them to get a narrow win here. A 1-0 score line is at 11/2 and maybe the best way to go. Newcastle haven’t been ‘battered’ in any game this season, so I don’t expect them to concede many goals, and could even pip a draw in this game, so consider a 1-1 draw at 7/1. For there to be less than 3.5 goals is at 4/11 which is realistic considering Newcastle haven’t been involved in a game all season with more than 3.5 goals. Finally, Manchester United had to win from behind last season, and if they were to do that again, you can bet on that at about 10/1.

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