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.

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Louis Van Gaal suggests United fans will have to wait for £25m man to shine

Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has suggested that the Old Trafford faithful will have to wait for new signing, Memphis Depay to shine.

The highly-rated winger is tipped to become one of the best after yet another impressive season with PSV Eindhoven but Van Gaal, reported by the Express, expects his development to take time.

“I worked with Memphis during last summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential.

“The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient. The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.”

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Depay has netted an impressive 22 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances this season and his performances have filled United fans with enthusiasm.

It is early doors to suggest that the 21-year-old Dutchman can reach the levels of former United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese international signed for the Red Devils aged 18.

Ronaldo’s development boomed at United and we could see a similar rise to the top if he is managed in the right way.

Will Depay make an instant impact or will Manchester United fans have to wait to see the best of him?

United CLOSE on £44m-rated South American goal-machine

Manchester United are closing in on Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani, who is expected to leave the French champions this summer, according to The Express.

Cavani has been forced to play as a wide-man for PSG, second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and is looking to get back to his preferred role as an out-and-out striker even if that means he has to move clubs.

The Uruguayan goal-machine was reportedly close to a summer move to Juventus, but it seems the Italian giants are unwilling to meet his hefty wage demands.

It is understood that Cavani will demand a £5.75 million-a-year salary and Louis Van Gaal’s side are more than capable of giving the striker what he wants.

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United flop, Radamel Falcao, is expected to move on this summer and his departure will free up a huge £265,000-a-week in wages for new faces at the club, and Cavani could be a straight swap.

United have been linked with a number of top goalscorers already ahead of this summer transfer window but Cavani could be the most likely to make the move to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old is rated at £44 million by transfermarkt.co.uk and it is no surprise given his goal output. He has netted a staggering 193 club career goals in 347 appearances. His experience of playing at the top level, including in the Champions League, makes him an ideal candidate for United ahead of their summer rebuild.

Is Edinson Cavani the goalscorer Manchester United need?

Stats: David De Gea outperforms City star in key area in Manchester derby

Manchester United took a huge step towards securing Champions League football next season with a 4-2 victory against Manchester City in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon.

City fans will be devastated by the result, but also the performance, especially when they realise that central midfielder Fernandinho made less passes and touches than United goalkeeper David De Gea.

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40 Passes 33
47 Touches 46

After the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad in November, United were desperate for revenge, and despite going 1-0 down inside the first ten minutes, the Red Devils went on to dominate the game.

With 55% of the possession, Louis Van Gaal’s team were by far the better side and much of it was down to the lack of presence in the City midfield.

The midfield was where the game was won, and the dominant display from United trio Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini outshone the City midfield pairing of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Carrick, Herrera and Fellaini against Toure and Fernandinho (Stats via WhoScored.com)

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Carrick, Herrera and Fellaini against Toure and Fernandinho (Stats via WhoScored.com)

And now with City lying in fourth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, it is looking like a major overhaul is needed if they are to have a chance of winning another title.

Toure is one of many names linked with a move away this summer and Fernandinho is another player who fans may want to see the back of after another lacklustre display in a holding role.

We must however, take nothing away from how strong Manchester United look at the moment, and they remain contenders to finish as runners-up after now winning six league games in a row.

City are now four points behind their Manchester rivals with six games to and will be looking over their shoulder as Southampton are just five points behind, while Liverpool can go four points behind the reigning champions with a win against Newcastle on Monday night.

Will Manchester City finish in the top four? Do they need to strengthen their midfield this summer?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, April 12 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 8/5 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester City 13/8

Match Preview

Manchester United and Manchester City clash in a crucial local derby at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in what is the standout fixture of this weekend’s Premier League action.

Louis Van Gaal and his Man United team come into the game in high spirits after their 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa last time out extended their recent good run to five straight wins in the league.

United also boast the best home record in the league with 13 wins out of 16 (D1, L2), and have won ten of their last 11 games at Old Trafford.

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Manchester City’s objectives this season have changed drastically from winning the league to now just making sure they qualify for the Champions League after Crystal Palace inflicted more misery on Manuel Pellegrini‘s side at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

The 2-1 defeat to Palace marked City’s third loss in five games and they’ve now won just four of their last 11 games in the Premier League (D3, L4) – a run of form that will not cut it for a team that was hoping to retain their title.

One thing that City have in their favour is their dominance of this fixture in the last few years – they’ve won all of the last four Manchester derbies and have only lost two of the last nine against United in the league.

Manchester City celebrate against United earlier in the season (Photo: Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)

Manchester City celebrate against United earlier in the season (Photo: Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)

It’s set to be another classic and one of those fixtures that captures the eyes of the whole nation – not many would have envisaged United being above City in the league at this stage of the season, but that’s the current situation and that makes this game even more important.

Team News

Robin Van Persie will not feature for Man United despite his return to training this week, while defender Jonny Evans continues his suspension. Luke Shaw is out with a hamstring injury and Chris Smalling is a slight doubt through illness.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic are both unlikely to make the squad due to ankle and muscular injuries respectively. Defender Dedryck Boyata is out with a knee injury.

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Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: Manchester City have won six of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester United.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – His importance to Man United cannot be stressed enough. If he performs, United have always got a chance and we can expect him to be the difference once again on Sunday. Rooney has scored five out of the last seven of United’s goals in the Manchester derby (in the Premier League).

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City – Putting it simply, United are in great form and City are not. Of course, current form and league position goes out of the window to a certain extent in a local derby, but home advantage and their current run should see Louis Van Gaal’s side edge it and heap further pressure on his opposite number Manuel Pellegrini.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs Sunderland

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, February 28th – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 4/11 – Draw 18/5 – Sunderland 8/1

Match Preview

Manchester United and Sunderland face-off on Saturday afternoon in a match which could have huge implications on where each team finishes come the end of the Premier League season.

United are looking to get their top four push back on track whereas Sunderland are looking for a win to steer clear of the bottom three as they are just three points above the relegation zone.

The Red Devils are coming off a disappointing league defeat away at Swansea last time out and will be hoping for an immediate reaction, especially after Louis Van Gaal’s comments last week that Manchester United are the best team in England. Last week they were second best in South Wales and need to pick back up again.

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Old Trafford is going to need to be rocking as Manchester United can’t afford anymore slip-ups in their quest for Champions League football with just four points separating third and seventh. United sit in fourth and need to make sure they remain in the top four for the remainder of the season if they are to get back into Europe’s elite competition.

Manchester United’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 10 – Drawn 1 – Lost 2

Sunderland on the other hand are languishing in 16th at the wrong end of the table. The Black Cats are hoping to get a second win at Old Trafford in a row after last season’s 1-0 win which kept them in the Premier League as they confirmed their safety in their third to last game.

Sunderland’s Premier League away record: Played 12 – Won 2 –Drawn 6 – Lost 4

A 0-0 draw at home to West Brom last weekend wouldn’t of done the team any favours and that stalemate took their draw tally for the season to a staggering 13.

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The reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light earlier this season saw both teams play out a 1-1 draw, with Jack Rodwell scoring after Juan Mata had given United the lead.

Team News

The bad news for United is that Robin Van Persie, who suffered an injury at Swansea last week, is not back until April. But Manchester United have terrific talent in the forward positions to come in with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. Michael Carrick will also miss out with a calf strain.

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Gus Poyet doesn’t have too many injury concerns ahead of the trip to Manchester and can call on most his troops to try and surprise United and further inflict damage on their Champions League ambitions while increasing their own position in the Premier League. Emmanuel Giaccherini is expected to miss the rest of the campaign with an ankle injury while Jack Rodwell, Billy Jones and Will Buckley are all doubts for this weekend’s game.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: The last time the two teams played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford was in April 2006. Expect goals.

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Key Player: David De Gea – The Spanish goalkeeper has made over 70 saves this season (more than any other ‘keeper in the top six) and will be expecting to add to his seven clean-sheets in Saturday’s game at Old Trafford.

Score Prediction

Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland – United to bounce back to winning ways with a comfortable victory in front of their own fans. Sunderland have not been good lately and will not be able to escape the dangers of relegation this week.

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: Manchester United vs Southampton

Manchester United welcome the high-flying Southampton to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon for arguably the game of the weekend in the Premier League.

If you had said in August that this fixture will play a crucial part in who qualifies for Champions League football come the end of the season, many Saints fans would have laughed at you. But that is very much the situation that presents itself in this game.

United haven’t set the world alight with their performances but Louis Van Gaal won’t mind that in the slightest as they are still getting results, which is something they used to do so well under the great Sir Alex Ferguson in years gone by.

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They are now unbeaten in their last ten games in the Premier League and have suffered just one league defeat in the last 15.

Manchester United’s home record: Played 10 – Won 8 – Drawn 1 – Lost 1

Talking of Sir Alex Ferguson, Southampton have a great manager themselves in the shape of Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman has been a revelation for the South Coast side and any fears surrounding the club at the start of the season following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino have well and truly been washed away.

Since a minor blip that saw them go on a four-game losing streak, Southampton have picked things up again by going four without a loss, winning three and drawing one.

Southampton’s away record: Played 9 – Won 4 – Drawn 1 – Lost 4

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This clash promises to be an entertaining affair and is a tough one to call as so much depends on how both sides approach the game.

Southampton boast the best defence in the Premier League this season, and you’d expect them to be a tough nut to crack for Man United. And for all United’s firepower going forward, they still haven’t managed to outscore the Saints this season – both sides have scored 34 goals.

The hosts will be without Ashley Young who has a hamstring injury, while Southampton are without Maya Yoshida (international duty) and the impressive Sadio Mane (calf).

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

Southampton’s last five: L/W/W/D/W

Key stat: Manchester United are undefeated in their last nine Premier League home games (Won 8, Drawn 1).

Key player: Fraser Forster – the Southampton goalkeeper has been one of this season’s outstanding performers and is likely to be called upon to save his team once again.

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Score prediction: Manchester United 2 – 1 Southampton

Manchester United enjoying six-game win streak – is Michael Carrick the reason why?

Manchester United have finally got into full swing and Louis Van Gaal looks like a great appointment for the Red Devils, as they sit in third place in the Premier League.

United extended their winning run to six with victory against Liverpool on Sunday and look like a side that can challenge for the title once again.

After a poor start to season by United’s standards they have stormed up the table into third and are just eight points off league leaders Chelsea.

Incredibly, it seems that the return of experienced midfielder, Michael Carrick, has been the catalyst as they have a 100% record when he has started for them this season, compared to a win rate of just 30% when he hasn’t.

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He also possesses the highest pass completion rate of United’s midfielders this term and can even play a role for them at centre-back – where he was positioned for the win on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Carrick has become part of a formidable midfield trio that also involves Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, both of whom were seemingly heading for the exit door before this fine run of form.

It seems that Van Gaal has decided to structure his line-ups around the pass-master Carrick and his decision has served him well so far.

Louis Van Gaal hasn’t set the world alight in the Premier league as of yet, but his team is sneaking up the table. And with Carrick, they have improved dramatically.

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With a strike force that boasts Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and captain, Wayne Rooney, they could well mount a serious title challenge.

The consistent performances of key players like Michael Carrick will be crucial and the Red Devils will be enjoying what they are seeing at the moment.

Are Manchester United good enough to win the Premier League title?