The latest Manchester Utd v Newcastle odds as Alan Pardew’s side are considered slight 13/2 outsiders to beat Man Utd in the Premier League as The Magpies look to end their bad run of luck against the defending champions.
Old Trafford has never been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle in the Premier League but United’s poor run of form could give them a chance of winning their first game at Old Trafford in 30 games.
Newcastle has surprised many with their strong performances this season and currently sit in seventh a point above their next opponents.
Pardew’s side will be boosted by the return of Hatem Ben Arfa to the squad with the playmaker returning to the squad after missing the midweek win against Swansea through illness.
However, Senegalese striker Papa Demba Cisse will still be a major doubt for the tie with the striker battling a foot injury which kept him out of the last couple of games menaing that Shola Ameobi is likely to feature once again in the starting line-up.
After winning the November Manager of the Month Award, Alan Pardew could be confident that Saturday could end Newcastle’s curse against United with The Magpies having only beaten their opponents once in the last 21 Premier League encounters.
It couldn’t be a better time for Newcastle to face United with David Moyes’ side low in confidence after losing to Everton in midweek and dropping down to ninth in the table.
Life doesn’t get any easier for the defending champions as they will likely be without both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for the lunchtime kickoff as the Dutchman is still an injury worry and Rooney is suspended for the game.
Their attacking problems are further compounded with the likely absence of Shinji Kagawa as the Japanese playmaker is suffering from a virus that he picked during the middle of the week.
With Untied’s attacking force depleted, Moyes could turn to his a couple of unlikely sources for goals on Saturday lunchtime as defenders Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra have both scored in the last two league meetings between both sides.
After seeing United suffer a morale-sapping defeat at home during mid-week, Newcastle may not have a better time to end their winless streak against the defending champions and move closer towards the European places.