The World Cup qualifiers are entertaining, but there’s nothing like club competitions. Domestic leagues all around the world return this weekend, including the English Premier League, and Cristiano Ronaldo is ready. The Portuguese superstar has been training with Manchester United all week long and could play against Newcastle on Saturday morning
This will be Ronaldo’s second run with the Red Devils after playing six seasons for them between 2003 and 2009. His signing made them instant favorites, but it’s time to prove it on the field. Manchester United be facing a winless team on the verge of the relegation zone, Yes, it seems like a Hollywood script.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer betting lines for Manchester United vs Newcastle. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Game: Manchester United vs Newcastle
Location: Old Trafford, Manchester
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
English Premier League Betting Lines
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 171
- Manchester United Victories: 89 (338 goals)
- Newcastle Victories: 43 (241 goals)
- Draws: 39
Last season, Manchester United defeated Newcastle twice by an 11-2 aggregate. The Red Devils won 4-1 on the road with goals from Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford. The completed the sweep 3-1 at Old Trafford. Rashford and Fernandes scored again, while Daniel James added the third one.
The Red Devils own a 6-2-2 record in their last 10 meetings with the Magpies. During that span, United scored 23 goals, allowed 11 and finished with a clean sheet twice. The total went over in six of those games.
Newcastle won at Old Trafford for the last time in the 2013-14 season.
Why Bet on Manchester United?
It’s inevitable to talk about Ronaldo and we will. However, Manchester United has more to offer for you to include the team in your soccer picks.
The Red Devils remain unbeaten after three games, with seven goals for and only two against. They crushed Leeds at home, followed by a draw against Southampton and another victory over Wolverhampton, both on the road.
Several players have dazzled, but Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba deserve more praise. Fernandes and Greenwood are among the EPL top scorers with three goals each. Pogba leads the assists department with five.
As if that weren’t enough, now they have Ronaldo. CR7 is expected to play at center-forward, but we know he can play several positions, which is what makes him unique. He’s eager to debut and help bring United back to the elite.
“You run out of words to describe Cristiano. I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad,” said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the press.
Besides Ronaldo, United also signed Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. This is not only the team’s best, but also its most balanced roster in recent years.
The Red Devils also started the season 2-1 against the spread and 1-2 over/under. With Ronaldo on board, you can expect more results like the one they got against Leeds (5-1).
Sancho won’t be able to play due to injury while Daniel James was recently transferred to Leeds. That gives Ronaldo more chances to debut. Their expected lineup is David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw; Fred, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Why Bet on Newcastle?
Let’s be honest, nothing is on Newcastle’s side, including scores and odds. The Magpies have had a rocky start thanks to a 0-1-2 record, four goals for and eight against. They currently sit in 17th place but, hey, they’ve more points than Arsenal.
Most recently, they almost beat Southampton, but the Saints earned a draw with a penalty shot in the 96th minute.
Their improvement focus should be on defense. The Magpies hve allowed two or more goals in all three games. Offensively, they’ve less things to worry about, and more help is on the way. They recently signed Santiago Munoz from Santos Laguna.
They usually play 3-5-2, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they play 4-5-1 at Old Trafford. Three in the back is too risky to try and contain United’s offensive unit.
Newcastle also started the season 0-2-1 against the spread and 2-1 over/under. It may sound weird, but they’ve nothing to lose here, with everyone already expecting them to get beat. Playing without too much pressure could help them to pull an upset.
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is out due to injury. He has really been missed. Their expected lineup is Freddie Woodman; Federico Fernandez, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar; Jacob Murphy, Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron, Matt Ritchie; Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson.
Final Analysis, Predictions
The first game after an international break is always tricky. Nevertheless, Manchester United couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than this. Old Trafford has become a fortress, Ronaldo is back and the Red Devils will face one of the worst defenses in the EPL. Expect Newcastle to heavily play on the counter-attack.
Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances. Our score prediction is offering a +700 price, while United winning by 3 is +350.
Score Prediction: Manchester United 3, Newcastle 0