Two sides in the midst of a real struggle and desperately searching for a morale-boost, Manchester United will make the trip to St. James’s Park on Sunday afternoon.
Luckily managing to leave Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar with a scrappy point in midweek, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have now failed to win any of their last four matches within 90 minutes and have also just won a pair of their opening seven Premier League appearances.
On the flip side, while United might be a side low on both form and confidence, Sunday’s hosts find themselves in an almost identical position.
Suffering a 5-0 hammering away at Leicester last time out, the Magpies are seen to be a clear favourite to land a Championship return this season.
While United might be a shadow of their former selves, the Reds should take some solace from the fact that they did secure back-to-back victories over Newcastle during the 2018/2019 campaign.
Including a 3-2 win away in the North East last season, you might be interested to know that the former champions can be found at 17/20 with William Hill to grab a much-needed three points this weekend.
Steve Bruce to be given the boot?
Watching his 10-man Newcastle side put in a season-worst display in their 5-0 hammering away at Leicester last weekend, the mood around St. James’s Park remains at a continued low.
Recording just a single Premier League victory since opening the new campaign, the summer appointment of former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce continues to upset many around the North East.
You might be interested to know that the 58-year-old can be found at 4/1 with Coral to be the next manager to be given the boot, only behind Marco Silva and Mauricio Pochettino.
Now sat down in 19th and continuing to show some glaring issues in the final third, it is no surprise that the bookmakers have also pencilled in the Magpies as one of the leading contenders to finish in the bottom three come May.
Sunday’s hosts can be found as low as 10/11 with Bet365 to land a Championship return this season, ahead of Aston Villa who find themselves at 13/8.
United’s worse start continues
Largely outplayed out in Holland on Thursday evening, many around Old Trafford will know that Manchester United’s 0-0 draw away at AZ Alkmaar was incredibly flattering.
Continuing to embark on their worst domestic start in over three decades, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is another manager coming under increasing scrutiny.
Needing penalties to come past League One outfit Rochdale in the EFL Cup last week, Sunday’s guests have failed to win any of their previous four appearances in 90 minutes and have recorded just a pair of top-flight victories all season.
With any chance of landing a top-four return looking slimmer by the week, there is no doubt that United’s Norwegian boss will be most concerned by his side’s form in the final third.
Failing to register a single shot on target on their travels in midweek, the Reds have also failed to score more than a single goal in each of their previous eight matches across all competitions.
You might be interested to know that United can be found at 8/11 with Bet365 to record under 1.5 goals again this weekend.