Raised expectations on Tyneside have meant Newcastle’s start to the season has received a luke-warm response but it’s worth remembering they’ve lost just one of their first six games and that was at Chelsea.
Alan Pardew’s men must prepare for a similarly tough challenge on Sunday when they host Manchester United.
The Magpies were in Europa League action on Thursday and fielded a strong side but at least they were at home so there can be no travel excuses for them here. Newcastle are 3/1 (4.00) underdogs with Paddy Power despite home advantage.
That probably reflects the firepower Sir Alex Ferguson has at his disposal in his United squad.
While doubts remain in defence and midfield, the Red Devils have regularly escaped with the points thanks to their four forwards – now supplemented by Shinji Kagawa.
Manchester United are 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power to win here.
The draw is available at 5/2 (3.50) and that looks decent value given that half of the Magpies’ Premier League games have finished all-square.
But the pick of the bets in this one is for Newcastle to score first in front of their own fans. Manchester United have conceded the opening goal in six of their nine matches so far this season.
Despite that fact, Newcastle are odds-against at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power to net the opener and that’s the best bet here.
Demba Ba is probably the man most likely to get it.
He has five goals in Newcastle’s last three games and is 13/2 (7.50) to score first.
But the visitors have the players to recover from such a blow and in Robin van Persie they have a forward who has scored late winners in both his away starts in the league as well as against CFR Cluj last time out. Van Persie is 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to score the last goal in this one.
But for the real value bet, tip Manchester United to come from behind and win at 17/2 (9.50) with Paddy Power – that’s a good price given that they have done so in four of their last eight games.
If there is a goal in injury time, Paddy Power will refund all losing In-Running next goalscorer bets on this match.
|Newcastle to score first at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power
||Man Utd to win from behind at 17/2 (9.50) with Paddy Power|
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