Kick Off: Sunday 7th October
Live on TV: 4.00pm Sky Sports 1
Manchester United travel to the Toon on Sunday afternoon seeking revenge for the 3-0 drubbing they received last time they were in this neck of the woods.
The writing was on the wall for Fergie’s fledglings as early as half an hour in when Demba Ba roasted Ferdinand and sent the Geordies on their way to a famous win that was compounded by Phil Jones’ comical own goal in the dying embers of a game that United will be keen to forget.
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Ten months on, the Red Devils will be eager to set the record straight, and at Sky Bet’s 5/6 they look quite handsomely priced to beat a Newcastle side that aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders following their fantastic campaign last season.
Three draws and a defeat in their last 5 league matches has seen their season stall after an impressive start when they beat Spurs 2-1 on the opening weekend.
These two sides met less than 2 weeks ago with Manchester United coming out on top in a 2-1 win, although that was more of a battle of the reserve sides in the Capital One Cup.
However, despite the much-changed personnel expected to march out at St James’ Park come 4pm, a similar outcome looks likely.
Sky Bet go 15/2 for a repeat of that exact scoreline and I can’t put anyone off at that price, although there does seem to be some great value in the goalscorer markets including the following little gem:
Demba Ba and Robin Van Persie to score at any time in the match is priced at 11/2 with Sky Bet and has plenty of statistical evidence to back it up into being a fantastic selection. Firstly, they are their respective clubs star strikers and leading scorers in the league with 6 and 5 goals each in favour of the Senegalese Toon hero. Ba has also scored in both of his Premier League appearances against the Red Devils, whilst Dutchman Van Persie has netted a fantastic 5 goals in 5 starts against the Magpies.