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Newcastle United vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Newcastle United vs Manchester United odds and betting statistics

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Newcastle United vs Manchester United match preview

Not so long ago, Manchester United were considered to be part of the title race, but could they face a fight just to remain in the top four?

Erik ten Hag’s team failed to win either of their league fixtures in March, smashed 7-0 at Anfield before a goalless draw with Southampton.

Since the latter, the Red Devils have reached the Europa League quarter-finals and the FA Cup semis with wins over Real Betis and Fulham respectively.

Two weeks ago, they were trailing with less than 20 minutes to go, only for Bruno Fernandes to score twice and Marcel Sabitzer to poke home an impudent flick as they ousted Fulham’s nine-men.

This month will be another busy one for Man United, with nine fixtures in the calendar, including a two-legged tie against Sevilla and a Wembley date with Brighton.

Of course, ten Hag’s side are chasing a cup treble, but also need points to retain their current position of third.

The Magpies’ Champions League dreams were seemingly fading fast when they failed to win five on the spin either side of defeat in the Carabao Cup Final to Man United.

However, since, Eddie Howe’s team have won back-to-back games, most-recently coming from behind at the City Ground.

16 days ago, Alexander Isak’s brace, featuring a stoppage time penalty, saw Newcastle beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.

So, the Toon Army are just two points below fourth-placed Spurs, having played two games fewer.

Man United have lost just three of their last 18 visits to Tyneside, with their most recent defeat in the North East coming in 2019, courtesy of Matty Longstaff’s rocket.

Who will claim a vital victory at St James’ Park?

Newcastle United team news

Joelinton will return having sat out the wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest suspended.

He’s likely to come in for Allan Saint-Maximin on the left-wing, with the midfield trio unchanged.

On the other flank, Miguel Almirón is out injured, so Jacob Murphy will keep his place, with Anthony Gordon also sidelined.

Nick Pope pulled out of the England squad but is expected to be available, unlike when these two last met, with Loris Karius donning the gloves at Wembley that day.

Up front, Alexander Isak has scored three in his last two appearances, so will continue to lead the line, chosen over Callum Wilson.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schär, Botman, Burn; Willock, S Longstaff, Guimarães; Murphy, Joelinton; Isak.

Manchester United team news

This is the second of Casemiro’s four-game domestic ban, meaning he can’t play in the league again until 16 April.

So Scott McTominay, who amazingly scored four times for Scotland last week, will continue in midfield.

One man who was less busy during the international break is Marcus Rashford, who will be refreshed and recharged after his well-deserved mini-break to New York.

Rashford has scored 27 goals this season, bagging five in his last eight appearances against Newcastle.

Wout Weghorst had a ridiculous nine shots in Netherlands’ 3-0 win over Gibraltar on Monday, not scoring with any of them, so will need to be more clinical here.

Predicted XI: (4-3-3): de Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martínez, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Fernandes; Sancho, Rashford; Weghorst.

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