English Premier League Match Prediction: Manchester United vs Newcastle
December 26, 2019,
Old Trafford, Manchester
For all the fantasy football geeks out there, we share prediction tips of league matches that will give them a better shot at predicting and winning. Starting with EPL 2019.
Manchester United host Newcastle in English Premier League as they look to bounce back from another below par performance which saw them lose 2-0 to Watford on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side still cannot find a way to play when the opposition give them most of the ball and the same problems will likely rear their head here.
Newcastle are only below Man United in the EPL table on goal difference after beating Crystal Palace 1-0 on Saturday. Newcastle beat Man United 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season.
Solskjaer will demand a reaction from his players but, as has been the case all season, do not expect one now all of the teams outside the top-six know the blueprint how to frustrate Man United.
Man United’s performance in EPL 2019:
David de Gea will keep his place in the XI despite his howler against Watford on the weekend.
Paul Pogba made his comeback from injury as a substitute in Man United’s 2-0 defeat to Watford on Sunday and he is expected to start on Boxing Day.
Jesse Lingard, Fred or Scott McTominay could make room for the Frenchman in midfield.
Mason Greenwood will surely get the nod to start ahead of one of Daniel James or Anthony Martial on Boxing Day.
Ashley Young or Brandon Williams will fancy their chances of replacing Luke Shaw at left-back too.
David de Gea made another howler at the weekend but should start here.
Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are closing in on first-team returns.
Manchester United vs Newcastle Line up:
Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron made their comebacks from injury in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, with the latter scoring his first goal for the club.
Florian Lejeune turned in a strong performance on his comeback from another long-term knee injury at the weekend.
In an ideal world Steve Bruce may hold Lejeune back here given the quick turnaround between matches but injuries are limiting his options.
Paul Dummett suffered a groin injury against Palace and is likely to miss out on Boxing Day. Bruce will hope Jetro Willems recovers from a knock in time to return.
Former Manchester United target Sean Longstaff could come into midfield to provide fresh legs if Bruce feels that is necessary.
Manchester United vs Newcastle Predicted line-up:
David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Ashley Young; Scott McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba; Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.
Martin Dubravka; Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Florian Lejeune; Javier Manquillo, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Miguel Almiron, Jetro Williems; Joelinton, Andy Carroll.
Manchester United vs Newcastle: Today’s Match Prediction
- Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have won three of their last four EPL games.
- Newcastle are aiming to complete their first league double over Man United since the 1930/31 campaign.
- Man United haven’t kept a clean sheet in the EPL since September and have failed to keep one in five of their last six home league matches with the Magpies.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Newcastle’s last 3 away EPL games.
- Man United are undefeated in their last 7 home matches in EPL.
- Man United have lost just one of their last 34 top-flight home games against Newcastle. However, Newcastle have won 2 of their last 4 meetings.
- Man United haven’t lost a home game on Boxing Day since losing 3-0 to Liverpool in 1978.