José Mourinho’s men will look to close the gap on Manchester City who have extended an eight-point lead on the log. They lost 1-0 to Chelsea the last time shortly before the international break, no thanks to Alvaro Morata’s header - a win that relieved Antonio Conte of pressure following a humiliating 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League.
Nevertheless, the stats swing in favour of the Red Devils going into this tie, having come out on top in 70 of their 142 meetings with their visitors. Besides, they are unbeaten in their last 35 home games and it is looking good for them to cruise to a comfortable victory at the odds of (1.30) with Nairabet.
Their last two meetings with the Magpies ended in stalemate and (5.50) is on offer for a similar outcome.
For Rafael Benítez’s side, a win could see them move to 10th spot on the log as they are just a point adrift of Huddersfield Town who boast of 15 points. However, this will be a tough challenge for them going by their previous outings, bearing in mind that the last time they turned the table against the Manchester outfit was in 2013. Not only that, they have lost their last two contests and have not been convincing on the road this term winning just once in their last five encounters outside St James' Park. The same betting firm is offering a huge (12.50) for them to cause an upset here having been tagged as underdogs.
United have been impressive when playing slightly weak teams and will be expected to do the same here. Odds of (1.85) are up for grabs for the duel to produce more than three goals at the end of 90 minutes.