Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Manchester United

Venue: St. James’ Park – Tuesday, January 12 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Newcastle 7/2 – Draw 5/2 – Man United 5/6

Match Preview

Newcastle host Manchester United in a key Premier League clash on Tuesday night, with both sides desperate for three points.

Newcastle lost their fourth straight game by a 1-0 scoreline in their FA Cup defeat at Watford on Saturday and have now scored just seven in their past eleven league games.

Steve McClaren remains under pressure with the Magpies still stuck in the relegation zone. A win here would pull them out of the bottom three for 24 hours at least, but that looks unlikely given their recent run of defeats.

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United travel to St. James’ Park as favourites and despite winning back-to-back games, they remain under pressure as performances continue to disappoint.

Louis Van Gaal watched his side struggle to beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday, requiring a stoppage time Wayne Rooney penalty to advance, and the Dutch coach is under just as much pressure as McClaren.

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The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at Old Trafford back in August and the same scoreline could well be played out in Newcastle on Tuesday, with both struggling to find the net.

Team News

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren could be without as many as 11 players for the visit of United here. Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita will hope to recover from knocks to give the Magpies some options in midfield, while Rolando Aarons and Fabricio Coloccini are both also doubtful. Papiss Cisse, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson all remain out.

Manchester United will hope Morgan Schneiderlin can return here. He is a doubt for this clash, as are Ashley Young and Phil Jones. But Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nick Powell, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw all remain sidelined.

Key Points

Newcastle’s last five: W/D/L/L/L

Manchester United’s last five: L/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have only lost two of their last 28 games against Newcastle in all competitions.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The United captain has scored in back-to-back games for the first time this season and will look to pile more misery on Newcastle here.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle 0-0 Manchester United – With both sides struggling to take chances and goals at a premium for both, this looks likely to end goalless, just as the reverse fixture did back in August.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Everton 

Venue: St James’ Park – Saturday, December 26 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 EST)

Match Odds: Newcastle United 19/10 – Draw 5/2 – Everton 13/10

Match Preview 

Newcastle welcome Everton to St James’ Park on Boxing Day as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to four against an Everton side who haven’t won in four in the Premier League.

Having spent a lot of money in the summer on signings like Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle shouldn’t be fighting relegation. They currently lie just two points off the drop zone and despite an upturn in results over the past few weeks, more still needs to be done.

However, St James’ Park has always tended to be a tough place to visit and with three wins in their last six in the top flight, Newcastle have relieved some pressure.

Newcastle United’s Premier League Record: P17 – W4 – D5 – L8

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Steve McClaren is still under pressure though and the Newcastle fans expect a lot more at the club. A win on Boxing Day would be a huge result for the Magpies.

Everton have drawn their last three away from home and despite looking good in recent weeks, they’ve struggled to take the points they will feel they should have.

As a result, the trip to Newcastle looks a tough one and sealing three points will be tougher than it perhaps should be.

Their season is entirely dependent of the form of Romelu Lukaku who is chasing down Jamie Vardy’s incredible record of scoring in 11 straight games, as the Belgian currently stands on seven in a row.

Everton’s Premier League Record: P17 – W5 – D8 – L4

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They have stuttered of late but have the quality to challenge for Europe, as long as they can get key players back from injuries. But the same could be said for most top-half sides and Everton

The Toffees have won four of their last five meetings with Newcastle in the Premier League but did lose 3-2 in a thriller on December 28 last season.

Team News

Newcastle United will be without Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Jamaal Lascelles, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere and Steven Taylor who are all out through injury. Aleksander Mitrovic will spearhead the attack in the absence of Cisse.

Everton have Steven Naismith and James McCarthy as doubts, while Tyias Browning, Bryan Oviedo, Phil Jagielka, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are all out with injuries.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Everton’s last five: W/D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Everton have won more points away from home than Newcastle have at home this season.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The powerful Belgian striker is starting to live up to the price tag for the Toffees and is becoming impossible to suppress. Expect him to cause Newcastle problems from the outset.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle United 1-2 Everton – Tough one to call as Newcastle have improved recently, but shutting out Everton is not an easy task. The most likely scenario will see goals, and we’re expecting a few of those.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa

Venue: St James’ Park – Saturday, December 19 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Newcastle 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Aston Villa 11/4

Match Preview

Newcastle host struggling Aston Villa in a huge Premier League clash on Saturday evening in a game between two sides already involved in an early season relegation fight.

The home side have picked up their form in the past two weeks, picking up wins against Liverpool and Tottenham in games that looked daunting beforehand.

Steve McClaren’s side are still embroiled in a relegation fight as they sit just two points above the drop zone and will see fixtures like this one as an absolute must win.

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Villa travel to Newcastle in crisis. They sit bottom of the table heading into Christmas and are eight points from safety. The odds are stacked against them and their recent form won’t exactly give travelling fans confidence this weekend.

The Villains haven’t won since the opening weekend and have lost 12 of 15 games since. They have just six points from 16 games and are in a real mess.

To put their terrible run into perspective, Newcastle have picked up as many points in their last two games as Villa have all season.

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Add in the fact that Newcastle’s recent record against Villa is excellent (they’ve not lost to Aston Villa in their last eight meetings, winning five), and it’s hard to see the visiting side picking up anything from Tyneside on Saturday.

Team News

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has a worryingly long injury list at the worst time of the year. As many as ten first team names will miss this one in the shape of Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Curtis Good, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Michael Williamson, Emmanuel Riviere and Jamaal Lascelles.

Aston Villa head coach Remi Garde is sweating over the fitness of Micah Richards ahead of this crunch clash. The English defender is likely to miss the game, while Jordan Amavi remains out for the season. Gary Gardner is also ruled out, while Jose Angel Crespo is a doubt.

Key Points

Newcastle’s last five: W/L/L/W/W

Aston Villa’s last five: D/L/L/D/L

Key Stat: Aston Villa have not won at Newcastle since 2005 and are winless against the Magpies in their last eight league games.

Key Player: Chancel Mbemba – The Newcastle centre-back has quietly been impressing on Tyneside since moving to the Premier League in the summer. He has completed more tackles than any other centre-back in the top flight and will look to shutout the Villa defence here.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa – Newcastle have hardly been the best side in the Premier League this season but you don’t have to be to beat Aston Villa nowadays. Back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Spurs have lifted confidence among the Toon faithful and a win against Villa on Saturday should make it three from three.

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New England Revolution ‘set to move’ for Newcastle midfielder

New England Revolution are looking to add some steel to their midfield as they are reportedly chasing Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote.

The Revs will be looking to strengthen over the MLS offseason after being eliminated from this year’s playoffs in the wildcard round. Tiote is being lined up as an ideal acquisition, according to The Sun, and New England are expected to make a move in January.

The 29-year-old has been at Newcastle for five years since joining from Dutch side FC Twente in 2010, making 139 appearances for the Magpies in that time.

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Tiote has only managed to score one goal in a Newcastle shirt – a memorable strike from distance in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in 2011 – and is better known for his tough tackling in the middle of the pitch than his eye for goal.

The Ivory Coast international has picked up more than 60 bookings during his time in England and is a player who adds strength to any side he plays in.

The Revs currently have two Designated Player slots available to use and Tiote would surely require one if he were to sign a contract with MLS.

Jermaine Jones, the only current DP with New England, is looking likely to leave during the offseason unless the club opt to resign him when his contract expires in a month’s time.

Jermaine Jones in action for New England Revolution against DC United in their Eastern Conference wildcard game during the 2015 MLS Playoffs (Photo: Matt Mathai)

Jermaine Jones in action for New England Revolution against DC United in their Eastern Conference Knockout game during the 2015 MLS Playoffs (Photo: Matt Mathai)

A midfield pairing of Tiote and Jones would certainly make the Revolution one of the most solid units in Major League Soccer. Though Tiote may be seen as a replacement for Jones should the American midfield star move on.

Tiote has made seven league appearances for Newcastle so far this term. He has more than 18 months left on his current contract with the club and would therefore require a transfer fee to sign him.

Should the New England Revolution make a move for Cheick Tiote this winter? Should Newcastle let him leave?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Bournemouth vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – AFC Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: Vitality Stadium – Saturday, November 7 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Bournemouth 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Newcastle United 11/5

Match Preview

AFC Bournemouth host fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kickoff in the Premier League with both sides hoping to turn around a dismal run of form in what is a huge six-pointer.

With no win in five, Bournemouth will need to try and stop leaking so many goals as they have managed to concede twelve in their last three matches.

The promoted side had reason for optimism at the start of their campaign but following the injury to star striker Callum Wilson they have struggled with results. They must start picking up points at home to stand a chance of staying in the division.

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The home fans will be expecting a win against Newcastle this weekend and failure to do so would start to make things look very worrying on the south coast.

Bournemouth’s record in the Premier League: P11 – W2 – D2 – L7

Newcastle United have had a torrid start to the season and currently have the worst away record in the Premier League (P5 W0 D1 L4) and have only managed to score once in those five outings.

They have remarkably lost ten of their last 11 away from home and statistics like these won’t fill Magpies fans with any optimism going into the weekend.

They have only won once all season, showing just how bad this great club are doing, but will see a trip to Bournemouth as a game they need to win.

Newcastle’s record in the Premier League: P11 – W1 – D4 – L6

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This is certainly a six-pointer between two teams looking likely to battling relegation. It might only be November but the loser here will be in real trouble.

This will be the first meeting between Bournemouth and Newcastle since January 1992, when the two sides met in FA Cup, with Bournemouth advancing on penalties.

Team News

Bournemouth may be missing Steve Cook and Artur Boruc who both are doubtful. Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson are long-term absentees, while Tommy Elphick and Christian Atsu are both also expected to miss the clash.

Newcastle are without as many as twelve senior players, with Curtis Good, Emanuelle Riviere, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Karl Darlow, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu and Massadio Haidara all definitely out of the match with injury.

Key Points

Bournemouth’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Newcastle’s last five: D/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: Newcastle have lost ten of their last eleven away games in the Premier League, failing to score in nine of those. 

Key Player: Matt Ritchie – The Scottish winger has more than a couple of tricks up his sleeve and his creative ability will present Newcastle with a huge task trying to contain him.

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Score Prediction

Bournemouth 3-1 Newcastle United – Both sides will see this as a chance to get some valuable points, but we see the home side edging it. The game should be open as both aren’t great defensively and goals look likely to fly in.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Newcastle

Venue: Stadium of Light – Sunday, October 25 – 12:00 GMT (08:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Newcastle 19/10

Match Preview

Sunderland face Newcastle in the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season on Sunday in what is an enormous Premier League game for both clubs.

Sunderland will hope that their managerial change continues to see the club beat their local rivals. Sam Allardyce will lead the his new side out in what will be his home debut, knowing the last three Sunderland managers have also faced Newcastle in their second game and all three have won.

This will not be Allardyce’s first Tyne-Wear derby experience though. He led Newcastle out at the Stadium of Light during his short tenure in charge back in November 2007 in a game that ended 1-1.

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The Black Cats sit bottom of the Premier League table after nine games and have yet to win a match. Last weekend’s 1-0 loss at West Brom added to their woes and they will hope a win against their fiercest rivals can turn their fortunes around.

Sunderland’s Premier League record: P9 – W0 – D3 – L6

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will be experiencing his first Tyne-Wear derby here and will hope his side can build on last weekend’s 6-2 win against Norwich.

That was Newcastle’s first league win of the season but they still sit in the bottom three and so Sunday’s clash is a monumental one, even at this early stage.

Newcastle’s Premier League record: P9 – W – D3 – L5

Newcastle haven’t beaten Sunderland since 2011 – a run of seven without victory has followed, with the Black Cats winning each of the last five meetings.

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Team News

Sunderland will be without Adam Matthews and Jack Rodwell, who are both ruled out through injury, while Ola Toivonen and Duncan Watmore are unlikely to feature. Sam Allardyce could stick with the same team that lost at West Brom in his opener.

Newcastle boss Steve McLaren will also be likely to keep with the same side that beat Norwich last time out. Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Rolando Aarons, Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor, Curtis Good and Gabriel Obertan are all out. While Kevin Mbabu is a doubt.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: L/L/L/D/L

Newcastle’s last five: L/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: The last three Sunderland managers have faced Newcastle in their second games in charge, with all three winning those matches. Trend.

Key Player: Georginio Wijnaldum – The Dutch playmaker comes into this game of the back of a sublime display as he scored four goals in Newcastle’s 6-2 win against Norwich last weekend. If he produces anything like that performance, Sunderland are in trouble.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle – This is an almost impossible one to call. Newcastle may have got their first win last week in emphatic style, but they conceded six in their last away game and have only scored once on the road all year. Their terrible record against Sunderland in recent times makes it hard to see them winning, though the Black Cats don’t look strong enough to take three points either. Draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Norwich City

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Norwich City 

Venue: St. James’ Park – Sunday, October 18 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle United 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Norwich City 7/4

Match Preview

Newcastle United host Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, still looking to register their first win of the season.

Steve McClaren remains under pressure as Newcastle boss as the club sit bottom of the Premier League after eight games and there have been no signs of improvement.

The Magpies are struggling with a long injury list and will be without star goalkeeper Tim Krul for the rest of the season after he sustained a serious knee injury while on international duty.

Newcastle United’s Premier League record: P8 – W0 – D3 – L5

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Norwich aren’t in much better form as they go into Sunday’s clash with no win in three.

Unbelievably, the Canaries have failed to win in 14 of their last 15 away clashes in the Premier League – form of a relegation-stricken side.

Norwich started the season well but have stuttered now and look set for a hard campaign. It will be tough for them to avoid the drop but with other clubs in worse position they could be safe this year.

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Norwich City’s record in the Premier League: P8 W0 W2 D3 L3

This is a massive game for both sides, despite being so early in the season and the loser will be in real trouble.

Team News

Newcastle United will be without Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Emanuele Riviere, Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux through injury. Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett are doubts.

Norwich City have Lewis Grabban and Gary Hooper as doubts with ankle knocks. Youssouf Mulumbu is expected to be out till the end of the month with a fractured metatarsal.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five: L/L/L/D/L

Norwich City’s last five: L/W/D/D/L

Key Stat: Newcastle have won their last three home ties against Norwich in all competitions.

Key Player: Wes Hoolahan – The Irish playmaker has an incredible five assists this season from seven starts and is one of the first names on the team sheet at the moment. Expect him to cause Newcastle problems on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle United 0-2 Norwich City – Newcastle are yet to record a victory this season and there is a reason for that. We’re expecting a away win in this one as Steve McLaren’s problems look set to worsen.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United Vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, August 22 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Newcastle United 8/1 

Match Preview 

Manchester United look to continue their 100% start to the new Premier League campaign when they host Newcastle in the early kickoff on Saturday.

United came out on top the last time the two met at Old Trafford in a convincing 3-1 win on Boxing Day last year. Newcastle will come into this game looking to end a three-game losing streak against the Red Devils, who completed the double over the Magpies last season.

Manchester United come into this game unbeaten in their last 5 league games, having taken maximum points from their possible six so far this season. They have won both games 1-0 this term, keeping solid clean-sheets in each game and look a solid unit.

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United have only lost two of their last 19 home matches, proving just how difficult it will be for Newcastle to take all three points from them this weekend.

Newcastle United have picked up just one point from their opening two games and come into this off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Swansea. Newcastle will travel to Manchester hoping to improve on their poor away form which has seen them fail to win away from home in their last eight games. Newcastle have only won three of their last 23 games away from home so will be looking to improve this poor record come Saturday.

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Newcastle have only won once at Old Trafford in Premier League history – a 1-0 win in December 2013, though Manchester United have won six of the last seven meetings in all competitions other than that shock home loss and are favourites for this one.

Team News  

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to miss the game this weekend due to illness which should mean Daley Blind will continue to partner Chris Smalling at centre-back. Sam Johnstone should keep his place on the bench to back up Argentinian shot-stopper Sergio Romero as David De Gea’s future is still unresolved. Fellow Argentine Marcos Rojo is lacking match fitness but could be named on the bench for Saturday, while Marouane Fellaini is ruled out through suspension and will not return to action until August 30.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko remains a doubt due to a groin injury but should recover in time to start. Emmanuel Riviere remains out due to a knee injury, while Siem De Jong is expected to recover from his calf injury but not in time to feature this weekend. Paul Dummett remains sidelined through injury too, while Daryl Janmaat is suspended for the game due to his sending off at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea last time out. Florian Thauvin signed from Marseille on Wednesday and could feature, with Remy Cabella returning to France on a season-long loan deal.

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Key Points 

Manchester United’s form: W/W

Newcastle United’s form: D/L

Key Stat: There have been 17 goals in the last 5 league meetings between the two sides – an average of 3.4 per game.

Key Player: Memphis Depay – The Dutchman’s move from PSV has brought lots of expectation and in the opening weeks of the season we have seen the sheer pace that he possesses. His stunning midweek performance against Club Brugge showed just how clinical he can be in front of goal and he will be delighted with his two goals. He is highly creative and can be expected to cause Newcastle’s reshuffled defence a lot of problems this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United – We can see this game being controlled from the off by Manchester United through their domination of possession. We feel that they have too much in attack for the Newcastle backline, which has had to be altered due to injuries and suspensions and that should see the hosts capitalise with a one-sided victory. Man United’s solid home form and Newcastle’s poor away form suggests this game can only go one way and that is a Manchester United win.

Red Bulls to pay £1.2m to beat Leeds and Newcastle to Irish winger – report

New York Red Bulls are prepared to pay £1.2 million ($1.8 million) to land Wigan Athletic winger James McClean this summer, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

McClean is a man in demand. The Irishman is set to leave the club following relegation to League One and could be on his way stateside after already meeting with the Red Bulls early last month.

Orlando City are also being linked with a move for the former Sunderland man but the Red Bulls look to be in the driving seat if he decides to become the latest Irishman to make the move to MLS.

Robbie Keane has been in America for a few years, while Kevin Doyle recently joined the Colorado Rapids and Sean St Ledger is with Orlando.

McClean’s only worry with a move to MLS is believed to be that he may limit his chances with the Republic of Ireland national team, but Keane has proved that you can still get international call-ups while playing across the pond.

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Newcastle and Leeds are also being linked with the 26-year-old attacker, with the Premier League the player’s preferred choice.

The Magpies could move for him if Steve McClaren is appointed as the new manager this summer, according to the Daily Star, and so it seems McClean is going to have a tough choice to make.

He still has one year left on his current Wigan deal and so a transfer fee will be required, though the Red Bulls look set to offer the Latics the same amount of money they paid to sign McClean from Sunderland in 2013.

Would James McClean be a good signing for the New York Red Bulls?