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After a shock loss to Blackburn, the Premier League champions will be looking to get back on track against a Magpies side enjoying a successful season of their own

On Saturday afternoon Manchester United were on the receiving end of one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history as Blackburn Rovers, who started the match at a price of 28/1 to win, beat them 3-2 at Old Trafford.

A stunning result, not least for the bookmakers, with the vast majority of accumulators around the country over before the afternoon had begun in earnest.

United will be looking to get back to winning ways against Newcastle, and are priced at 13/20 (1.65) with Sportingbet to do so at the Sports Direct Arena. It is a match the champions would expect to win, but that price does not offer the best value consdering the performance of Alan Pardew's men so far. Instead, consider venturing into the number of goals scored market, with more than 2.5 goals in the match on offer at a more appealing 3/4 (1.75).

Manchester United's last three games have each seen five goals scored, with the Red Devils alternating between attacking brilliance and defensive deficiencies. They have the capacity to score against any team in the world, but in a worrying development for Sir Alex Ferguson, they also often look likely to concede. A factor that has not been helped by a worsening injury list over the festive period.

Newcastle, in the meantime, true to their attacking traditions, have been involved in no less than 14 matches with over 2.5 goals in so far this season and in Demba Ba posses one of the League's most in-form strikers.

The Magpies caused United some problems in their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford back in November, and will use the memory of that result as motivation against the champions. In short, both sides like to attack and try and score, while both teams possess defences that at times have looked far from solid. All this points to a game filled with goals.


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Phil Kitromilides is a professional sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on

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