Manchester United head to Tyneside on Saturday night having won four straight Premier League away games. However, the Red Devils have enjoyed a kind run of fixtures and they’re up against a Newcastle side with a great home record.
The visitors added to their mounting problems in midweek with a 3-3 draw away to Galatasaray. That kept them bottom of their Champions League group, while their ambitions of returning to the competition should be dealt a blow this weekend.
- Newcastle to win
- Alexander Isak to score anytime
- Over 2.5 Newcastle goals
United Lack Control
There’s a real theme developing in Man United’s performances, where they lurch from wide open to dull and regimented. The Red Devils went for it in Turkey in midweek, but they let a 3-1 lead slip to fall to a disappointing draw.
The Red Devils may have a four-game winning run behind them in away league games, but three of those victories were by a single goal. Each of those trips saw them visit one of the league’s strugglers, including all of the current bottom three.
United’s all-or-nothing approach can be seen in their away form in the Premier League this term. They have four wins from four against the bottom seven, but they’ve lost in visits to Tottenham and Arsenal. In fact, United have lost all four clashes with teams in the top 10, winning eight of nine against the bottom half. These two may be neck-and-neck in the table, but Newcastle should prove too strong.
Magpies Can Produce Big Win
Newcastle have won all but one of their home league games, letting a lead slip late on against Liverpool. They’ve won seven of their last eight home matches in all competitions and they thumped United 3-0 in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.
Given United’s current issues, the Magpies look far too strong for the visitors. While the Red Devils may look to be a little more restrained in this trip, it might not even matter.
Newcastle are averaging 2.57 goals per game at home this season following a 4-1 win over Chelsea last weekend. Their attacking options are in fine form, while United are no strangers to being blown away.
In all competitions, United have conceded three or more in four of their last seven. Across their four losses to top-half teams this term, they’ve conceded three goals in all but one of those defeats. Newcastle have the form and firepower to add to that, so over 2.5 Newcastle goals looks like good value.
Isak In Fine Form
Newcastle’s rotation between Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson has been working incredibly well this season, with the pair scoring a combined 14 league goals.
Isak missed time due to injury earlier in the campaign, so he has a brilliant return of seven goals from nine Premier League appearances this season. The Swede has returned from a month on the sidelines in stellar form, scoring in both of his appearances. With seven strikes across his last nine games, back him to score against this poor United defence.