Manchester United - Newcastle United Betting Preview: Back the home side to get off to a flyer

Sir Alex Ferguson's side play host to Alan Pardew's Magpies on Wednesday night and Willie Duncan is backing the home side to book their place in the next round
One of the most intriguing of all of the League Cup Third Round ties takes place at Old Trafford this week when Manchester United play host to fellow Premier League side Newcastle United on Wednesday evening.

With both sides currently involved in European competition, it is difficult to assess the strength of side that either manager is likely to field here but, nevertheless, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are chalked up as 1/2 (1.50) favourites with Paddy Power to secure a place in the next round at the expense of the Magpies.

Alan Pardew, though, will be keen to ensure that his men are no pushovers and the visitors can be backed at a tasty 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to knock the hosts out of this year’s competition inside 90 minutes. The same firm go 16/5 (4.20) that the tie goes to extra time.

Manchester United have been without talismanic striker Wayne Rooney since he sustained an injury against Fulham last month but with speculation that the England striker is close to a first-team return, Ferguson may feel that this League Cup clash would be an ideal comeback match for the striker.

Subsequently, Rooney can be backed at 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power to score the opening goal here while Javier Hernandez– another likely player to be given valuable game time by Ferguson on this occasion – can be backed at a tempting 9/2 (5.50) to break the deadlock.

Demba Ba was left out of Alan Pardew’s side last Monday when the Magpies visited Everton but Ba responded in fine style by scoring twice as a second-half substitute in that game.

The Senegal international also underlined his claim for a regular starting berth by scoring the only goal of the game as the Magpies saw off Norwich City on Sunday.

Ba is clearly fired up at the moment and is a juicy 11/4 (3.75) shot with Paddy Power to net at any time on Wednesday.

Both teams have exciting options in the final third and the 4/6 (1.67) for both teams to score carries appeal here while the 6/5 (2.20) for the hosts to lead at both half-time and full-time is worthy of support given that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are famously fast starters on home turf and should be backed accordingly.

Manchester United to lead at half time and full time at 6/5 (2.20) with Paddy Power
Hernandez to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter