Man United v Newcastle United: Lukaku and co to deny Rafa’s Magpies

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Saturday’s evening clash sees Manchester United host Newcastle United.

It’s a contest which has seen some epics down the years, although this one may not quite stack up.

Jose Mourinho has seen his side struggle in recent games, while Rafa Benitez has deliberately tried to keep things tight in Newcastle’s away trips.

But United have won five from five in the Prem on home soil. They’ve fired in 15 goals in that time, keeping a clean sheet on every occasion.

The Red Devils are 2/7 favourites, with the draw at 21/5 and the Toon Army a generous 12/1.

A near-cert is for the half-time whistle to blow before a goal has been scored.

United are producing less than a goal per game in their Old Trafford first halves.

And impressively, the first 45 minutes of Newcastle’s away games have produced the grand total of one goal.

We’re 27/20 on the first period ending all-square, while 15/8 says we see no goals in the opening half.

The Geordies have won only one of their last six however, so eventually Man United’s strength should prevail.

It’s 13/5 for the Draw/Man United in the Half-time/Full-time market.

And 17/20 says the hosts stretch their legs in the second half and win by two or more.

Romelu Lukaku has gone off the boil a touch domestically, failing to score in his last seven appearances for Mourinho’s side.

But he netted three for Belgium during the international break, and is 12/5 to score first.

A whopping eight Man United players are priced up shorter than Newcastle’s most likely first goalscorer. That honour goes to Aleksander Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Joselu, each of them are 12/1.

This game could also see the reintroduction of a few Old Trafford favourites.

Mourinho revealed in his press conference this week that Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo could both feature.

But the biggest roar will be saved for the return of a certain Swedish striker.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make his first appearance of the season, after a remarkable recovery following his cruciate injury last term.

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