Newcastle vs. Manchester United / Premier League – This Sunday’s match of the 27th round of English Premier League brings us clash between two former champions of England. The Magpies from Newcastle is far from their former glory and right now they occupy mere 16th place in the table, while Manchester United is second and has even 31 points more. Besides, their head-to-head played at the Old Trafford last autumn had ended as the United’s sound victory of even 4-1. Begins: 11.02.2018 – 15:15 CET
On the other hand Newcastle can boast with fact that it remained at home undefeated after match with the Red Devils played two seasons ago despite being relegated at the end of it to the Championship. True, they quickly returned to the Premier League but if we judge according to what they showed in 26 so far played rounds it is clear that Newcastle is going to be locked in survival struggle all the way till the end of season, given that at the moment it had just one point more than 18th-placed Stoke and 19th-placed Huddersfield.
True, the Magpies were defeated only by leading Manchester United in last four rounds. The match took place in Manchester, while they drew three remaining matches each time by the same result 1-1, with Swansea and Burnley at home and last weekend with Crystal Palace away. In the same period they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Chelsea which was perhaps a good thing for them as they can fully focus on the survival battle in continuation of season. Let’s add that due to injuries out of action for Sunday’s match are goalkeeper Elliot, defenders Clark and Gamez, and new forward Slimani.
Probable lineups Newcastle: Darlow – Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett – Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy – Perez – Gayle
Unlike their next rivals, Manchester United players are under far smaller pressure in the last lag of this Premier League season, given it was clear from long time ago that cannot catch leading Manchester City, which has even 13 points more at the moment, while on the other hand they have advantage of 5 to 7 points over 3rd-placed Liverpool, 4th-placed Chelsea and 5th Tottenham, meaning is should take a miracle to not play in the Champions League next season.
Right in that competition they will soon play the 1st round of 16 leg with Sevilla, while before that they will face Newcastle in the league and Huddersfield in the round of 16 of FA Cup. Let’s add that manager Mourinho players received just one goal in last seven matches, which happened when they lost to Tottenham away. We need to add that still out of action due to injuries are only defenders Bailly and Blind, midfielders Fellaini and forward Ibrahimovic.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw – Pogba, Matic – Mata, Lingard, Sanchez – Lukaku
Newcastle – Manchester United PICK
Of course that 2nd-placed guests from Manchester are regarded as favourites to win the match but Newcastle will surely not surrender without putting up a fight, especially as just one point separates them from the drop zone at the moment.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.85 at interwetten (down to 1.77 can be played)