Prediction for Newcastle - Man United
As far as the race for a place in the Champions League is concerned, the match between Newcastle and Manchester United is crucial.
With 50 points, Man Utd are third, 3 points ahead of Newcastle, who are currently fifth in the Premier League standings.
Tottenham have 49 points and are in the middle between them. But also with two games played more than any of these teams.
Therefore, a win here would greatly improve the prospects of qualifying for the Champions League for each of the rivals.
The first game of the year between Manchester United and Newcastle ended goalless at Old Trafford.
It was a slow game. As both teams were overly cautious.
These two teams later faced each other in the League Cup final. The Red Devils won 2-0.
A tough, tactical and ultimately unattractive fight is what I expect for this bout.
The Magpies need a win. But Eddie Howe will have no desire to attack the opposition.
Meanwhile, Erin Ten Haag's away tactics are far more defensive than at home.
Furthermore, the previous 3 head-to-head meetings between these rivals ended with Under 2.5 goals .
Because of all this, Under 2.25 Asian Goal Line is a suitable prediction for this match.
Newcastle have the best defence
Newcastle were playing very strongly until the beginning of February when their performances dropped dramatically.
The Magpies' recent 5-game winless streak (0-2-3) effectively ended their title hopes.
It also jeopardized their plans to get into the Champions League zone of the standings.
They also reached the final of the League Cup tournament. Which, however, was lost precisely by Man United with a score of 0-2.
It was a missed opportunity for Newcastle to win their first trophy in 60 years.
The Magpies' hallmark this season has been moderate efficiency (2 or 3 goals).
As their last seven games fall into that category.
Unlike his time at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe prefers to build a conservative game plan.
Who first defends his goal and later attacks.
That's why Newcastle's defense is the best in the league - conceding just 19 goals in 26 games.
Manchester United rarely lose
Manchester United's only loss in the last 16 was a 7-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield.
Outside of that loss, Erik ten Haag's side have been pretty solid. Showing good performance in all competitions.
Just to remind you that they still have a solid chance to win the trophy in both Europa League and FA Cup.
However, we have to say that the goalless draw against Southampton in their last league game was unexpected.
After that, Manchester United got back on the winning track .
Beating Betis away 1-0 (thereby qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Europa League).
And beat Fulham in the FA Cup at home 3-1.
Man Utd's away record has been mixed , with 6 wins, 5 losses and two draws away in the Premier League.
News about the teams
Newcastle's Anthony Gordon and Miguel Almiron are out for this match.
While Sven Botman, Nick Pope and Alain Saint-Maximin are all expected to be fully fit to feature.
Joelinton returns after serving a 2 match ban.
Casemiro is suspended for Manchester United because of his red card.
Garnacho and Eriksen are out. While Rashford and Varane, who had minor injuries, should be 100% fit.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Bothman, Byrne; Longstaff, Guimarães, Wheelock; Saint-Maximin, Isaac, Joelinton
Injured: Almiron, Kraft
Lineup: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Sabitzer, McTominay; Anthony, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst
Injured: Garnacho, Heaton
Results of past matches
|KL||26/02/23||Man United 2:0 Newcastle|
|VL||16/10/22||Man United 0:0 Newcastle|
|VL||27/12/21||Newcastle 1:1 Man United|
|VL||11/09/21||Man United 4:1 Newcastle|
|VL||02/21/21||Man United 3:1 Newcastle|
|VL||17/10/20||Newcastle 1:4 Man United|