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Big Match Breakdown: Manchester United v Newcastle United

Charlie Dear | 6 October 2018

Odds and preview ahead of Premier League clash

Both Manchester United and Newcastle United are in desperate need of three points today.

The Magpies may not have won a game so far this season, but Man United’s own wretched run leaves this more evenly matched than in previous years.

The Coral News Team take a look who might steal the headlines at Old Trafford.

Head-to-head

This fixture has screamed goals throughout the years. There have only been three nil-nil draws in fourteen years.

Newcastle beat the Red Devils 1-0 at St. James’ Park thanks to a Matt Ritchie strike last season. This was the game where Magpies stopper Martin Dubravka made his debut, making a string of impressive saves to keep the visitors out.

However, a look into the vault will see the duo’s tussles have been dominated by Man United. The Reds have won seven of the last ten meetings.

Likely XIs

 

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Alexis Sanchez will hope to keep his place after another disappointing display against Valencia. Will he show a much-needed improvement?

Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are all doubts after missing the stalemate with Valencia in the Champions League.

Eric Bailly may come back in for Scott McTominay after being left out of the loss to West Ham United.

Marcus Rashford could make only his fourth start of the season alongside Romelu Lukaku in attack.

Salomon Rondon is injured, so Joselu may get the nod up-front for Newcastle.

Rafael Benitez will hope defenders DeAndre Yedlin, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett all come through late fitness tests.

Key Battles

Paul Pogba will maintain his record of starting every Premier League game this season, and will have to match the endeavour of Newcastle’s Mohamed Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.

If Sanchez does start then he will hope to play his way back into form up against the Geordie’s full-backs Yedlin and Dummett.

The strength of Joselu will be offset by the savvy Ayoze Perez that may cause Jose Mourinho’s side problems.

Chelsea loanee Kenedy, who was signed by Mourinho for the Blues in 2015, should also be a threat.

Match odds

Newcastle United are 13/2 to win and compound Mourinho’s misery.

Man United to score only their fourth victory of the season is 4/9.

Both teams will be anxious for a win which could mean a lot of goals for the fear of leaving empty-handed.

It’s 20/23 for the match to feature Over 2.5 goals and the draw is 16/5.

Ritchie’s at 11/2 to score against Man United again. Juan Mata is 12/5 to score Anytime.

A first goal in fourteen games for Sanchez is 9/5 Anytime.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing