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Newcastle vs Manchester United: Red Devils to maintain momentum

Newcastle vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to mastermind his fourth successive win as interim Manchester United boss in Wednesday's trip to Newcastle.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

The Red Devils have scored 12 goals in victories over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth to sit just three points off fifth-placed Arsenal.

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure denied Newcastle a second win in 14 days with an 82nd-minute equaliser on Saturday.

Match information

When is it? Wednesday January 2nd

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? St James' Park

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Andre Marriner

Newcastle vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the Newcastle vs Manchester United match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Newcastle scored twice inside the first 10 minutes to take a 2-0 first-half lead when the sides met at Old Trafford in October, but goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial plus a last-minute winner from Alexis Sanchez wrapped up a remarkable 3-2 win.

The Red Devils may have won all three matches under Solskjaer but they have conceded on each occasion and have kept just two clean sheets this season - the joint lowest with Fulham.

The Magpies go into the match with the second worst home record having lost seven of their 10 games at St James' Park, so the first of our Newcastle vs Manchester United predictions is for an away win and both teams to score at 2/1.

Newcastle have scored and lost in all three of their home games against top-six sides Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, so another defeat with goals at both ends beckons.

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First goalscorer tips

France midfielder Paul Pogba has been sensational since Jose Mourinho was sacked, scoring four goals in his last three games, including the opening goal in Sunday's 4-1 win against Bournemouth.

That was the third time the World Cup winner had broken the deadlock this season and with his confidence high now that he has been given the licence to roam, Pogba looks good to be first goalscorer at 11/2.

Anytime goalscorer tips

United have eight players under 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market but Salomon Rondon looks better value at 23/10.

The former Malaga striker has looked very sharp recently, scoring three goals in his last five games, and only a marginal offside decision cost him a second in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Watford.

Where the game will be won or lost

Rafael Benitez will be disappointed to see Mourinho leave Old Trafford as he now has the problem of an attack-minded United to deal with on Wednesday.

Only Crystal Palace (five) and Huddersfield (four) have scored fewer goals than Newcastle on home soil but they can console themselves with the fact they have scored against all of the top six this season bar Liverpool.

One thing Benitez will be keen to prevent is an early goal as United have scored inside the first 10 minutes in two of their three matches under Solskjaer.

The Magpies actually broke the deadlock in the seventh minute at Old Trafford and while we're not expecting the Tynesiders to do that again, the next of our Newcastle vs Manchester United betting tips is for the first goal to be scored between 1-10 minutes at 16/5.

We wrap up our preview by predicting a 2-1 win for Manchester United at 8/1. Newcastle lost by that scoreline against Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea at St James' Park, while Wolves did the same in December.

Team news

Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez is a doubt after limping off at half-time against Watford with a hip injury and will be assessed, while potential replacement Ciaran Clark continues to battle an ankle problem which has kept him out of the last three games. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey returned from a thigh injury as a substitute at Vicarage Road and will hope for a first start since November 2 in the absence of Ki Sung-yueng, who is on international duty with South Korea.

Eric Bailly begins a three-match ban for Manchester United after being sent off against Bournemouth, while fellow centre-backs Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are absent through injury. Matteo Darmian will be the back-up to Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones. Alexis Sanchez is back training after a hamstring injury and will be involved.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Manchester United have started with much more energy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and have been leading at half-time in all three matches so we'll back that trend to continue at 6/4.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football