Manchester United v Newcastle: Goals guaranteed at both ends

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The midweek fixtures brought both Manchester United and Newcastle’s stack of unbeaten league games crashing around them like a Jenga tower.

It leaves both sides embarking on a re-building job when they clash at Old Trafford. History suggests that the defending champions, who have lost just once in 21 meetings with Newcastle, will be the side to bounce back and are priced at 1/2 to do so.

The draw is priced up as a 10/3 shot, with Alan Pardew’s men available at 11/2 to prove that their 3-0 defeat at Swansea last time out was just a blip.

However, it’s strongly advised that any urges to have a flutter on the match betting market are resisted given the inconsistency Newcastle have shown on the road and the absence of two vital United players.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will miss the game through suspension and injury respectively. How Moyes’ side will cope without the only two shining lights of their season is a riddle not even Batman’s green-suited enemy could solve.

They should be thankful to be facing a Newcastle side that haven’t managed to string two point-collecting games together on the road this season, although that only serves to make the match a more difficult call than a video chat on an Amstrad computer.

So rather than stake any money on which side will win, stick to the guarantee of goals or, more specifically, both teams scoring.

It is 4/5 that both sets of fans celebrate a strike at Old Trafford, a price that should sing like the sweetest mating call of the wild considering it’s landed in all but five of United’s league games this season, and four of Newcastle’s last six on the road.

Goals have also been scored at both ends of the pitch in four of the last five Old Trafford meetings between the two, with three of those going over the 2.5 goals pole, an outcome that can be backed at 4/6 this time around.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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