Newcastle United, boasting a strong home record with six wins in seven league games, face Manchester United, who have struggled against top-half teams this season. Newcastle’s recent 3-0 victory at Old Trafford further highlights their potential in this matchup. They have also been successful in seven of their last eight home games across all competitions.
Newcastle’s Recent Setback
Newcastle’s recent 1-1 draw with PSG, marred by a controversial VAR decision, prevented them from entering this game on a high. Despite this, they remain favourites for the upcoming match, especially given their impressive home form.
Manchester United’s Deceptive Form
Although Manchester United has been on a winning streak in the league, their performances have been less convincing against stronger teams. They have lost all four games against top-half teams this season. Their recent 3-3 draw with Galatasaray and reliance on victories over lower-ranked teams suggest they might struggle against a formidable Newcastle side.
Key Player: Anthony Gordon
Anthony Gordon, Newcastle’s standout performer since his move from Everton, is a player to watch. With five Premier League goals, he is a significant threat, particularly at home. His recent form, scoring in the last three home league games, makes him a good bet to score again in this crucial encounter.