Two teams that are targeting Champions League places go head-to-head in the Premier League at St James’s Park on Saturday (3pm ET; 8pm GMT). Seventh placed Newcastle take on a Manchester United side who are just one place above them in the battle for top four football.
Both clubs would have wanted to make a better start to the campaign, but this matchup offers the perfect opportunity to claim a vital three points. Read on for our NUFC vs MUFC preview with betting predictions and picks.
Backed by their home advantage, Newcastle United will start as favorites in this game, and the Magpies can be claimed at 19/20 with most USA-facing bookmakers. Victory for Manchester United follows at best industry odds of 11/4, while the draw completes the match betting at a top price of 14/5.
Man Utd have that slight advantage in the Premier League table, as they sit in sixth place with 24 points from 13 games. Newcastle are just one point and one place adrift of their opponents coming into this contest.
The form guide shows Manchester United with the best record in the EPL across the last six games. Erik ten Hag’s men have picked up 15 points in that time, while Eddie Howe’s Newcastle have just 11.
Both sides were in Champions League action in midweek. Newcastle traveled to take on a strong PSG side, and they returned from Paris with a creditable 1-1 draw after conceding deep into second half injury time. A day later, Manchester United were away to Galatasaray and they drew 3-3 after leading 3-1.
Neither result was useful in terms of qualification to the knockout stages, but they maintain a decent run of form for both teams.
Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak was on target against PSG on Tuesday and he is the favorite to open the scoring in Saturday’s fixture at best odds of 9/2. Remember that the Magpies’ main striker, Callum Wilson, is injured and will not line up for this game.
In Wilson’s absence, there may be some interest in Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon. The former Everton man scored the only goal in his team’s recent win over Arsenal and he is available at 13/2.
The first option for Manchester United backers is Marcus Rashford at 8/1, followed by Anthony Martial at a top price of 9/1. Both men were on target as the Red Devils won 3-0 away to Everton last weekend.
Options from behind the main strikers may include Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho who opened the scoring in that Everton win with a spectacular overhead kick. Garnacho also scored first against Galatasaray and is on offer at a best of 12/1 to find the net first on Saturday.
Moving through our regular side bet options, Both Teams to Score is available for Saturday at best odds of 7/10. Those who are considering the no bet on BTTS can claim a top price of 5/4.
Next up is the Total Goals market, where it is clear that the sportsbooks are expecting an attacking evening. A modest stake Over the 2.5 goal line will return short odds of 8/11, but if we push that to Over 3.5 goals, we can get a more respectable price of 15/8.
If you are going against the bookies and are expecting a quiet game, Under 2.5 Goals may be the way to go at 43/40.
This Premier League soccer game preview will round off with some Correct Score suggestions. The match market suggests that Newcastle will have the edge here and a 2-1 home win will attract some interest at best odds of 17/2. The same scoreline in favor of Manchester United is quoted at a top price of 12/1, while the 2-2 draw can be backed at a best of 14/1.
Our Preview’s NUFC vs MUFC Predictions & Betting Picks Verdict
Manchester United are an unpredictable side at the moment and many would have been surprised to see Ten Hag’s men at the top of the Premier League form table. They remain inconsistent, and their overall position of sixth is about right.
Newcastle have had a good week, beating Chelsea last weekend before that impressive draw away to PSG. The Magpies have also had to battle with many of their key men missing through injury or suspension.
The home win is the most likely option and the fact that Eddie Howe’s team have enjoyed an extra day’s rest could also play a part. However, an odds-on betting price for Newcastle United isn’t tempting, so we’ll switch to the side bets for Saturday’s game.
Often, when we expect a game to be open-ended with plenty of goals, the opposite happens, but we are backing over 3.5 goals to kick things off. Newcastle have an impressive goal difference of +17, while Manchester United will take some momentum from that 3-0 win at Everton.
We’ll add Marcus Rashford for an anytime goal. The England international scored at Goodison Park, and it was interesting to see him take a penalty with Bruno Fernandes still on the field.
Newcastle should edge the game, but we’ll look to these side bets as we aim for some profits. So the betting picks and predictions for this EPL matchup preview, at best odds, are:
- Over 3.5 Goals at +183 with Bovada. It is +175 with BetOnline and EveryGame.
- Marcus Rashford to Score at Any Time at +320 with Bovada.
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