Manchester United vs Newcastle – Saturday 18th November 2017 – 17:30 - BT Sports 

Man United are 30/100 with Romelu Lukaku at 9/4 to score first.

Manchester United face Newcastle at Old Trafford Saturday evening, with United on the verge of equalling a club record without defeat at home.

The Red Devils come into this match in mixed form, after losing their last Premier League match against Chelsea.

Alvaro Morata ended his goal drought with the only goal of the game (55), giving United a second defeat in three matches.

All of the focus pre-match was on the verbals between Conte and Mourinho who had been giving each other subtle digs in the press.

It was a tight contest but Morata's clinical finish was enough to see United fall eight points behind leaders City.

 

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Defensive Mindset

United had enjoyed an excellent start to the season, but they come into this match with two defeats in their last four PL matches.

Losses against Huddersfield and Chelsea have seen United fall eight points behind their City rivals.

Jose Mourinho's side welcome back two huge players back to the bench, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba returning after long injury layoffs.

This fixture will be a big challenge, with Newcastle enjoying an excellent start back to PL life.

 

United Favourites

Manchester United come into this match as favourites, with home advantage informing the odds.

Jose Mourinho will be looking for a response from his charges and reignite their Premier League campaign.

United will be looking to make it six matches unbeaten against Newcastle.

Tough Loss

Newcastle also come into this match on the back of narrow 1-0 defeat, with Bournemouth beating Benitez men narrowly at SJP.

Steve Cook (90+2) scored an injury time winner for the visitors, his late winner vital in his side's relegation battle.

The captain met an Andrew Surman corner at the death, a bullet a header beating Rob Elliot to give struggling Bournemouth all three points.

It was a tough defeat for Newcastle, with the Magpies going down in the 92nd minute, a late, cruel blow.

 

Back To Back Defeats

That defeat means Newcastle come into the match on the back of two 1-0 defeats, against Burnley and Bournemouth.

Despite an encouraging start to life in the PL their form has subsided against the sides in and around them.

Their only win in their last six matches came against struggling Crystal Palace.

This will be a tough assignment for Newcastle, with Jose Mourinho's side looking to close the gap on rivals City.

Magpies Underdogs

Rafa Benitez' side come into this match as underdogs, with United's pedigree informing the odds.

This will be a tough match for Newcastle, with their last win at Old Trafford coming in the 13/14 season.

Newcastle will be looking for a first win in seven matches against Manchester United.

Newcastle are 11/1 with Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all at 12/1 to open the scoring.

 

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Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Lukaku to score first @ 9/4

Tip 2 – United to win 3-1 @ 12/1

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