Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs Manchester United 

Venue: St James’ Park – Wednesday, March 4th – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle United: 3/1 – Draw: 5/2 – Manchester United: 19/20 

Match Preview

Newcastle United entertain Manchester United at St James’ Park tomorrow evening as both sides come into the game off the back of weekend victories.

The Toon Army are looking likely to finish the campaign in mid-table, unless they can dramatically step up their efforts for European football, whilst Manchester United are currently sitting fourth in what could be the tightest race for the top four in Premier League history.

Before the weekend Newcastle had been without a win in four games, but that win against Aston Villa will give them confidence. Manchester United are in good form and have lost just one in their last six league games.

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Louis Van Gaal has stuck to his guns for much of the season and United have been quietly going about their business but they will be in for a tight game at St James’ Park.

Despite Newcastle’s relatively poor season they have enjoyed victories over some of the better sides in the league, something Van Gaal will have warned his players to be aware of.

Newcastle United’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

John Carver recorded his first home victory at the weekend and he needs his side to push on to ensure they have a strong end to the campaign in order to rebuild for next season. Their home form hasn’t been too bad and is the main reason why they’re not finding themselves lower in the table and possibly in the relegation scrap.

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Papiss Cisse has been enjoying brilliant goalscoring form and he boasts the best goals per minute ratio in the league so far this season, with a goal every 84 minutes on average.

The Magpies had put together a run of four consecutive home wins earlier in the season and they will want a positive result against Manchester United tomorrow night, as their next two at home don’t get any easier as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Newcastle.

Manchester United’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 7 – Lost 3

Louis Van Gaal’s side on the road have been a shadow of former Manchester United teams. The fear factor has possibly been eradicated but they have been picking up points, which is the main aim for their run in.

They have the worst away record of all the sides in the top seven and need to start picking up more points away from Old Trafford to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Having spent big last summer, a lot was expected of this United team, but they have taken a long time to gel. You would be mistaken for thinking they have been poor defensively, having only conceded 26 goals, making them the third best defensive unit in the league.

Draws away from home have been a bit of a problem for United as they have racked up seven so far but will want all three points on Wednesday night.

Team News

Newcastle United: Paul Dummett (knee), Remy Cabella (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Rob Elliot (hip), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Siem De Jong (lung) and Steven Taylor (calf) all remain on the sidelines and are unlikely to feature. Yoann Gouffran could return to the starting eleven having been replaced by Gabriel Obertan in the weekend’s victory over Aston Villa.

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Manchester United: Robin Van Persie (ankle) looks to be the only definite absentee as Louis Van Gaal has his squad in good shape. Phil Jones (illness) and Luke Shaw (hamstring) missed the win against Sunderland but should return to the squad here. United are likely to remain unchanged after their weekend win and Wayne Rooney will be hoping to maintain his preferred forward position having bagged two in that win on Saturday.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/L/W

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Goals – These sides have provided entertainment in their last two meetings, scoring eight between them, seven of which were scored by Manchester United.

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Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The England captain has endured a relatively difficult season so far and showed in the weekend’s 2-0 win against Sunderland just why people are calling for him to be playing further up the field with two goals.

Score Prediction

Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United – Louis Van Gaal’s side cannot afford to finish outside the top four this season and should be too strong for Newcastle on Wednesday.

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Stats: Papiss Cisse the most lethal striker in the Premier League

Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse is proving to be the same lethal striker that he was when he joined the club from Freiburg in January 2012.

The Senegalese forward netted an incredible 13 goals in 14 league games after joining at the midpoint of the season in the 2011-2012 campaign but had only scored 10 league goals in the two seasons that followed.

This year, however, Cisse is looking set to beat his best tally of 13 in a season as he is already on 11 and is making the most of his chances as he boasts the best goals-per-minute record in the Premier League.

Best minutes-per-goal statistics in the Premier League of those with at least five goals (via WhoScored.com)

Best minutes-per-goal statistics in the Premier League of those with at least five goals (via WhoScored.com)

Cisse has only started nine games this term but has found the net 11 times, picking up one assist and is now level with Rob Lee (34) in Newcastle’s all-time Premier League goalscoring charts in joint-seventh.

He is averaging a goal every 84 minutes and needs to be in the starting lineup on a more regular basis as a result.

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Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard is averaging a goal every 90 minutes as he has netted five from just three starts, while the league’s leading goalscorers, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa are averaging strikes every 92 and 100 minutes respectively.

Cisse has two in his last three for the Magpies now and will hope to bag another goal against Manchester United in Wednesday night’s clash.

The 29-year-old forward scored in the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season and has three in five career appearances against the Red Devils.

Does Papiss Cisse deserve to start more games for Newcastle?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Newcastle

Manchester City vs. Newcastle: Premier League

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, February 21st – 17:30PM (12:30PM ET)

Match Odds: Manchester City 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Newcastle 9/1

Newcastle United travel to Manchester City on Saturday evening as major underdogs as they look to end a worrying streak of 16 straight Premier League games without a win against the reigning champions.

City ended a poor streak of their own last time out as they beat Stoke 4-1 to end a winless run of four in the league and need to continue winning matches if they are to have any chance of catching Chelsea at the top of the table.

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Manuel Pellegrini is boosted by the return of Yaya Toure to the side as well as new signing Wilfried Bony after the pair won the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast earlier this month.

Bony is in line to make his City debut as Sergio Aguero is facing a battle to be fit in time after he picked up a back injury in the win at Stoke two weeks ago.

Manchester City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 3 – Lost 2

Newcastle are unbeaten in three in the league now but travel to City with a long list of injuries. Cheick Tiote could be out of action until April and joins Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor on the sidelines.

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John Carver has Newcastle playing some better football but it will take a lot for them leave Manchester with at least a point this weekend.

The Magpies will look to their most recent meeting with City for confidence though as they beat them 2-0 at the Etihad back in October in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Newcastle United’s away record in the Premier League: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 6

It’s a very different story in the league though as Newcastle have been beaten in the last ten meetings between the two sides and haven’t won a league game at Manchester City in 15 years.

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/D/W

Newcastle’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/D/D

Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last nine games in all competitions when Yaya Toure has started the game.

Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The Newcastle midfielder will need to try and keep Toure quiet and Sissoko can be a real threat himself, as he proved by scoring at the Etihad in October’s cup win.

Score Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle – City need this more and will be too strong for the Magpies.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Stoke

Premier League: Newcastle vs Stoke 
Venue: St. James’ Park – Sunday, February 8 – 14:05
Match Odds: Newcastle 13/10 – Draw 11/5 – Stoke City 11/5

Newcastle take on Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon in what looks set to be an intriguing matchup, with both sides coming into the game off the back of wins last weekend.

Newcastle United are hoping to win their first home match under new interim head coach John Carver, following their win at the KC Stadium last Saturday, crushing Hull City 3-0.

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Whilst Stoke City go into the game at St. James’ Park off the back of two wins in their last three matches in the league.

Newcastle are currently sitting in 11th place and a win this Sunday afternoon will see them rise above their opponents Stoke and go into 10th.

The Magpies registered their first win since December 28th with victory against Hull last time out and will now hope to win back-to-back league games for the first time since November.

With their lack of consistency this season it’s no surprise they are lingering around mid-table and for a club the size of Newcastle they should be a lot higher. However at home Newcastle have defeated league leaders Chelsea and last season’s runners-up Liverpool so they will expect to pick up all three points against the Potters.

Newcastle’s home record: Played 11 – Won 5 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3

Stoke City had a mixed January in the Premier League with two wins, a loss and a defeat in the league but ended with two wins on the bounce, along with a win against Rochdale in the FA Cup.

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The Potters are without Bojan for the rest of the season so they will lack some creativity considering how important he has been to the side since he joined from Barcelona last summer. A win for Stoke could send them into 9th if Swansea slip up on Saturday against Sunderland at home.

Stoke City’s away record: Played 12 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

If you cast your mind back to the reverse fixture at the Britannia back in September, Stoke took all three points thanks to a Peter Crouch goal in a 1-0 win.

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With both teams coming off big wins last weekend it will be hard to call the result in this one. Mark Hughes will want to erase the memory of Stoke’s 5-1 loss at St. James’ Park last season by defeating the Magpies. Expect this to be close.

Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/L/W

Stoke City’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/W/W

Key Stat: Jon Walters has scored four times in previous nine meetings between the sides in the Premier League.

Key Player: Jon Walters – The Republic Of Ireland striker scored a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers last week and will be hungry for more goals as he comes into the game thriving on confidence.

Score Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Stoke City – Stoke to earn a hard fought win at St. James’s Park.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League

Venue: KC Stadium – Saturday, January 31 – 12:45PM

Match odds: Hull 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – Newcastle 9/5

The early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday will see John Carver’s Newcastle United travel to the KC Stadium to take on a Hull City side that is desperate for a win.

Both sides have lost their last three games in all competitions and Hull and Newcastle come into the game needing to turn things around, which should make this an intriguing match.

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Hull City have been poor this season and have struggled to threaten their opposition in attack, with their last goal coming on New Years Day. They have failed to score in six of their last eight league games.

Hull City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

Much of this is down to the lack of availability of their forwards as Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic are both still out with groin and knee injuries respectively.

That means Sone Aluko should continue up front and Steve Bruce will be hoping he is the man to break the drought, as he knows that the pressure is really on the Tigers as they sit in the relegation zone going into the game.

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Newcastle have had another mid-season crisis having lost their manager, Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, leaving interim boss John Carver to see out the season.

With one win in their last seven in the Premier League, they are in dire need of a victory at the KC Stadium though they have only won one of the last seven meetings with Hull.

Newcastle’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

That win came at the KC Stadium last March in a game that was more memorable for Alan Pardew’s headbutt on David Meyler than the Magpies’ 4-1 win.

Much of Newcastle’s hopes this season lie on the shoulders of Papiss Cisse and he has potential to play on Saturday as Senegal were eliminated earlier this week from the African Cup of Nations. If he can return to the club in time he could feature.

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Cisse was of course the catalyst for Newcastle in the reverse fixture as he grabbed a late brace to salvage a point at St. James’ Park back in September as the two sides drew 2-2.

This one could go either way and should start off a cracking weekend of fixtures with a bang. Neither side can afford to lose again.

Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/L/L

Newcastle’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: Hull City have only beaten Newcastle at home twice in their history. Their last victory in front of their own fans came back in November 1990. Incredible.

Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The midfield powerhouse has the ability and presence to change this game in one attack and will be key to Newcastle’s plans. Hull City must contain him.

Hull vs. Newcastle Prediction: Hull City 0 – 1 Newcastle United – The Tigers lack enough bite to turn things around here.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22

As the transfer window has started to spark up for a few sides, we take a look at this weekends round of fixtures and how each team will fair.

Lewis Addley called four correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Jamie Ives will put his brain to the test in trying to predict the results in a crucial weekend of football.

Here’s this week’s Premier League predictions:

Saturday 17th January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have finally gained some momentum in their season with an unbeaten run of five. Aston Villa have a run of their own however, as Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in six. We expect an away win here.

Prediction: 0-2


Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has kicked off his tenure at Selhurst Park with two wins in two after victories against Dover and Tottenham. He will be wanting to continue this when Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend. Burnley will not make it easy however, as they haven’t lost in their last three.

Prediction: 1-1


Leicester City vs Stoke City

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Stoke have been the example of inconsistency this season and will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat at the Emirates last weekend, and also to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of their opponents in the reverse fixture. Leicester haven’t lost since Boxing Day.

Prediction: 1-0


Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Without a win in four, QPR will need a solid performance to even earn a point against a United side that will still be licking their wounds from the Southampton game. Can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 1-3


Swansea City vs Chelsea

Without Wilfried Bony, Swansea lack an end product and a presence up front. Chelsea, on the other hand, look primed and ready for a title race. Swansea will be as hard to beat as usual, but I think a draw is the best they can hope for.

Prediction: 1-2


Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland

Spurs come off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Sunderland have lost three of their last four in the league. Both teams will be hoping to pick up the points here but I think Spurs will be too strong.

Prediction 2-1


Newcastle United vs Southampton (17:30)

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The Saturday evening game sees the seasons surprise package Southampton travel to St. James’ Park. Southampton come off the back of beating United at Old Trafford and so will be full of confidence. Newcastle have recently lost their manager. Hard to see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 0-1


Sunday 18 January 2015

West Ham United vs Hull City (13:30)

West Ham have been brilliant this season and Andy Carroll has given them a huge boost mid-season. Hull have struggled to produce the performances that saw them reach an FA Cup final last season. West Ham look too good to beat at the moment. Home win.

Prediction: 2-0


Manchester City vs Arsenal (16:00)

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The stand out fixture of the weekend sees the champions against Arsenal. The Etihad will play host to the Gunners and with Alexis Sanchez in full flow this game should be entertaining. A repeat of the reverse fixture would be perfect. Score draw for us.

Prediction: 2-2


Monday 19 January 2015 (20:00)

Everton vs West Brom

Both teams with struggles, and Everton look like an entirely different side from the side that finished fifth last season. Tony Pulis will have his West Brom side set up strong and they will be hard to beat. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either. But I think Everton will turn things around.

Prediction: 2-1


How do you think gameweek 22 will shape up in the Premier League?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs Southampton

Newcastle United welcome Southampton to St James’ Park on Saturday evening as the Toon Army look to make amends for their 4-0 thrashing in the reverse fixture at St Mary’s back in September.

Newcastle have slowly slipped down to 10th position in the table since they had dragged themselves up to 5th after they beat QPR in late November in a run of five straight wins.

Since then, a run of nine games with five defeats, two draws and just two wins, as well as the departure of manager Alan Pardew, has left them in a strange period of transition that can’t be allowed to go on for too long otherwise they’ll start looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone.

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The Magpies are currently eight points above 18th placed Hull City, so it isn’t a desperate situation just yet, but they will still be keen to continue picking up points in order to maintain their distance.

Newcastle United’s home record: Played 10 – Won 5 – Drawn 3 – Lost 2

As for Southampton, they will be bubbling with confidence after their magnificent 1-0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend which has lifted them to third in the table.

It extends their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games despite a tricky run of fixtures which has seen them face Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United consecutively.

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They also continued their good domestic form in midweek with a narrow FA Cup third round replay win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road thanks to a goal from Shane Long.

The Saints are certainly staking a huge claim to show that they’re capable of qualifying for Champions League football this season and if people weren’t taking them seriously before, they most definitely will be now.

Southampton’s away record: Played 10 – Won 5 – Drawn 1 – Lost 4

With the best defence in the division and the fourth highest scoring attack, Southampton will be tipped as favourites for the win, but Newcastle is always a tough place to go, so it makes for a fascinating contest.

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Newcastle will be without numerous players through injury, suspension and African Cup of Nations duty, namely Papiss Demba Cisse and Cheick Tiote while Southampton are without Toby Alderweireld (hamstring), Sadio Mane (calf), Morgan Schneiderlin (thigh) and Maya Yoshida (international duty).

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

Southampton’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

Key stat: Southampton haven’t lost a Premier League game in which they’ve scored the first goal this season.

Key player: Dušan Tadić – The Serbian has been a revelation this season and Newcastle must stop his creativity if they’re to take anything from the game.

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Score prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Southampton

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs. Sunderland

Sunday’s afternoon kickoff sees the return of the Tyne-Wear derby as St. James’ Park will see Newcastle plays host to an out of form Sunderland side.

Alan Pardew’s Magpies will be the favourites heading into this one, as they lay eighth in the table, seven places higher and seven points better off than the fifteenth-placed Black Cats.

This is a fixture which usually brings high drama, and this one looks set to be another classic installment despite the fact that this is hardly the best teams these two clubs have fielded in the Premier League era.

The Magpies come into the tie with a resurgence of form having won their last four at home, including the victory which ended Chelsea’s hopes of an unbeaten season two weeks ago.

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They have however, had less success against their rivals recently, having not beaten Sunderland since August 2011.

However, Gus Poyet’s men are without a win in their last six Premier League games, though they have drawn five of them.

Sunderland interestingly, has a total of ten draws this term, having only played sixteen times so far. So their form isn’t terrible but they need to start turning draws into wins and Sunday would be a perfect time to do so.

They have won the last three Tyne-Wear derby games, and so Gus Poyet has reason for optimism heading into this one.

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You’d be a brave man to predict this one, but whatever the result, we’re sure this will be an entertaining Christmas treat for all who watch.

Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Sunderland

Key Player: Ayoze Perez – whether Pardew decides to play him up top or plays him wide left of a front three, Perez will work tirelessly for the team. And he’s been known to score vital goals so far this year.

Alan Pardew: Back from the dead

Premier League managers aren’t strangers to being criticised for the decisions they make and find themselves coming under fire on a regular basis.

When Newcastle United lost 1-0 away at Stoke City on September 29, they were condemned to their third defeat of the season in just six games.

Crisis

At the time, it looked as though there was only going to be one outcome for manager Alan Pardew and his eventual departure seemed to be a case of when as opposed to if it will happen.

There was certainly a feeling of inevitability that he will be sacked as we have seen only too often when teams are struggling as it’s very rare that any manager is given time to make amends these days and most chairmen hit the panic button.

During the defeat at Stoke and in previous games, fans held up signs calling for Pardew to be axed and even set up a website named sackpardew.com.

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Turnaround

Six games later and how things have changed as 42 days is a very long time in football and the turnaround in performances, results, atmosphere and the general feeling around the whole club is quite remarkable.

Following the Stoke game, Pardew said:

“I’m not going to hide from it – I know there is a big question mark about me being at this club and the only way I can answer it is to do the job to the best of my ability and try to come up with the answers.”

It’s fair to say that he is on his way to answering those questions.

Of course there will still be those who want Pardew gone – that may never change – but grumblings from the crowd have hit a lull which shows just how fickle a sport it can be at times.

He appears to have saved his job for the time being and has turned how the season looks so far completely on its head.

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Great management

Credit where it is due must be given and the manner in which he has dealt with the situation with a fantastic level of maturity and professionalism is impressive.

He’s managed to stay strong in the face of adversity, never shied away from the challenge and simply let the results do the talking.

It’s easy for negative energy to spread from the stands on to the pitch and the players feel those vibes and the way he has controlled the situation has been excellent.

The capability to motivate the players to perform when morale couldn’t possibly get any lower is a real credit to the man who is currently the second longest serving manager in the Premier League with one club.

It’s very refreshing to see a Premier League manager pull through a whirlwind of abuse and tough times to bounce back and recover when there looked to be no way back.

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Good run of form

Newcastle are now on a five-game unbeaten run in league with four wins and a draw since the Stoke loss.

They’re also six games unbeaten in all competitions courtesy of a stunning 2-0 win at Manchester City in the League Cup on October 29.

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They host Queens Park Rangers on November 22 at St James’ Park and will fancy their chances of extending their unbeaten run against the struggling Londoners.

How high can Newcastle United finish in the Premier League?