One of the biggest English Premier League matches of the weekend takes place on Sun. Oct. 7 when Manchester United travels north to visit Newcastle United. The two teams met just a couple of weeks ago in the League Cup with Man United pulling off a 2-1 win.
Manchester heads into the game in sixth place in the table with 12 points from four wins and two losses while Newcastle sits in 10th spot with nine points from two wins, three draws and a loss. Chelsea leads the Premier League with 19 points so this is a crucial game for both clubs if they hope to stay within reach of the league leaders.
Neither of these teams has really played consistently well so far this season, especially defensively. Manchester has lost captain Nemanja Vidic for a couple of months and Phil Jones is still injured. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling have also had injury problems. Rio Ferdinand is no help at all and the goalkeeping of David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard hasn’t been top notch either. They were beaten 3-2 at home by Tottenham in their last league contest a week ago.
Newcastle will be tough to defend against with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse leading the attack. This pair of strikers from Senegal is among the best in the league when it comes to putting the ball in the net. Ba already has six on the season and Cisse has a pair in his last two games. Man United has their own fantastic duo in Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, so the game could produce some goals. Man United managed to win their Champions League game during the week with a win over CFR Cluj and Newcastle won their Europa League tilt 3-0 over Bordeaux of France.
Newcastle has lost just four out of their last 34 home games and is unbeaten there this year with four wins and a draw in all competitions. The last time these two teams met in a league game Newcastle pasted Man United 3-0 back in January. Man United will also have to keep their eye on some of Newcastle’s other top players such as Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.
If Man United struggles in their own end again Newcastle definitely has the power to punish them for any mistakes they make. Manchester will need everybody playing together cohesively and this could mean that Rooney might even have to drop back in the midfield. This just looks like a high-scoring game on paper, but when two attacking teams get together the opposite often happens. However, out of the last 13 times these two teams have met, there have been at least three goals scored in 10 of them.
Look for an intriguing game here with Newcastle doing just enough to win it.
Bet365.com has the latest odds of a Newcastle victory at 16/5 and a Manchester United win at 19/20 with a draw at 9/4.