St James’ Park will be rocking as always for this fixture. Manchester United travel to Newcastle in a fixture regarded by many as a Premier League classic.
Both sides are far from the differing highs of the nineties however.
No matter how much Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to rediscover and reignite the supposed “Manchester United way”, his side’s early position of tenth, with two wins, is vastly worrying.
United won this fixture 2-0 last season and it is 8/1 for them to repeat that on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies have only been victorious on three occasions from their last thirty-one against the Red Devils. The odds for a home win are 7/2, whilst it is 5/2 for a draw.
Newcastle’s only win so far this season came at Spurs, courtesy of a goal from Joelinton. They also took the lead in their 3-1 loss at Anfield a few weeks ago.
There is no doubting that this side will be up for a scalp against a fragile Manchester United. Striker Joelinton has only one league goal to date this season, though it is 13/2 for him to score first if you think Newcastle will make a fast start like they did in that Liverpool game.
Steve Bruce’s team were completely trounced 5-0 at Leicester City last Sunday however. United themselves did not show much in front of goal in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday night too.
It is a whopping 80/1 for United to find their shooting boots and replicate Leicester’s thrashing of 5-0, to pile more misery on the league’s current second-bottom club.
Marcus Rashford surprisingly started last time out, meaning he should without doubt be fit enough for this one too. He scored in the aforementioned 2-0 last season and is 11/8 to bag anytime this year.
There is no doubting that both these former giants of the English game have shrunk in size recently. A close, tight and edgy affair should be expected, with neither side full of confidence to take the game to the other.
Saying that, is it too much to ask for Manchester United, the biggest football club in the world, to comfortably demolish a side that Leicester put five past last weekend?