Manchester United, with three games in hand for most of the league and without playing action since December 11 due to COVID-19 cases, is finally returning to the pitch for the first time in 16 days.
The Red Devils have seen back-to-back games postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks among their team and others, and although they sit in seventh place with 27 points, they have a chance to cut the deficit by eight points. of fourth place, which is the club’s goal for the automatic Champions League place that goes with it.
Newcastle (19th, 10 points) reside at the opposite end of the table, struggling for the survival of the Premier League with just 10 points on the season as the schedule nears the turn to 2022. His only win of the season over Burnley (4 December) coming out of the bottom of the table looks like ages ago, preceding three straight losses by an 11-1 margin. The Magpies are still just three points from the safe zone, which inspires hope, but COVID-19 reports elsewhere have blurred projections and saw other clubs around them with games in hand.
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Playing at home was a bit more acceptable, with just three losses in eight at St. James’ Park. With a string of games ahead against bottom half sides like Everton, Southampton, Watford and Leeds all set to give Newcastle a chance to improve, a performance against United would put them in the right frame of mind for this stretch. critical.
How to watch Man United vs Newcastle
- Dated: Monday, December 27
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Diffusion: DAZN
Like every other game of the Premier League season, Newcastle v Manchester United will be available exclusively, live and on demand, on DAZN in Canada.
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Man United vs Newcastle planned lineups
The biggest news from the Newcastle squad is about midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who has struggled with a lack of fitness and been the victim of some load management by manager Eddie Howe. He was absent in the 4-0 loss to Man City last time around and could miss again. Shelvey had already played all but six minutes since returning from a two-month calf injury in late October.
Both Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis are ruled out with thigh problems, while Paul Dummett has returned to training but may not be ready to see the match minutes yet. Isaac Hayden is suspended for accumulating yellow cards, which means Sean Longstaff could be introduced to the side. Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to return to the starting XI after coming off the bench in the last game because of a blow. 4-5-1 hasn’t really worked out for Howe the last two games, and it could mean a 4-4-2 comeback that would see Joelinton fall off the bench.
Starting eleven scheduled for Newcastle (4-4-2): Dubravka (GK); Ritchie, Clark, Lascelles, Murphy; Fraser, Longstaff, Willock, Almiron; Wilson, Saint-Maximin.
Manchester United have faced a COVID-19 outbreak in recent weeks, but that now seems to be a thing of the past, with no known player currently having a positive COVID-19 test or persistent symptoms. This means manager Ralf Ragnick has a choice between a physically fit squad, with only Paul Pogba still waiting to fully recover from his groin injury in November.
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Anthony Martial, a potential transfer start in January, could return from a knee problem, as could Aaron Wan-Bissaka. And Raphael Varane should also be available after his thigh injury at the end of November. This trio would prove to be a huge boost for the Red Devils, and while they might not immediately play a role, their availability gives Ragnick valuable selection options.
Left-back Luke Shaw hasn’t played since late November as well, but he could also make his comeback from a head injury, having benched in the 1-0 win over Norwich City two years ago. weeks.
Man United predicted the starting lineup (4-4-2): De Gea (GK); Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Dalot; McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo, Rashford.
Newcastle vs Man United betting odds and picks
Odds courtesy of Sports Interaction
Manchester United are obviously a big favorite, but not like heavy as one would expect against a team that rushes goals through their Premier League schedule; the COVID-19 layoff appears to be weighing on punters.
The Red Devils haven’t played for two weeks, and they’re also going to have a very difficult schedule to navigate in the coming months. Because of this, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rangnick play a little more cautiously in games where the Red Devils didn’t expect to need a full frontal assault to collect all three points.
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We would have hoped for a bigger differential on the handicap, so the tastiest option might be the total goals below. With three games in seven days, Man United could choose to deal with the game – and its energies – against an opponent they should easily dominate. There are more difficult games on the horizon.
Take: Less than 2.5 goals in total (+137)
Prediction: Newcastle 0, Manchester United 1