Manchester United vs Newcastle: Betting odds, tips, predictions, preview & team news
December 30, 2021
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Boasting a strong record against Bruce's men, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Red Devils to celebrate Ronaldo's return with a big win at Old Trafford
Manchester United will be hoping to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in style when they take on Newcastle on Saturday.
The 36-year-old has rejoined the Red Devils 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid, where he became the club’s all-time leading scorer before moving to Juventus.
Manchester United vs Newcastle latest odds
Having won 10 and lost none of his 11 games against this opposition during his first spell in the Premier League, Man Utd are available at 2/11 (1.18) with bet365 to celebrate a victory on the Portugal international’s second debut.
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have failed to win any of their first four competitive matches this season and are 14/1 (15.00) outsiders to spoil the party by coming out on top here.
None of the last eight encounters between this pair have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Manchester United vs Newcastle team news
Jadon Sancho is a doubt after withdrawing from international duty with a knock, while Alex Telles, Phil Jones and Scott McTominay are short of fitness, Marcus Rashford is definitely ruled out, and Fred is banned due to his failure to report for international duty with Brazil.
Callum Wilson, Paul Dummett and Isaac Hayden will all be assessed, with Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Fraser all injured, and Miguel Almiron banned from taking part by the Paraguayan FA.
Manchester United vs Newcastle preview
After breaking the record for shirt sales following his dramatic transfer, Ronaldo is under pressure to deliver immediate returns in front of an expectant home crowd.
This is unlikely to faze a player who arrives fresh from breaking the international scoring record during the break and who scored five goals in his last three appearances against the Magpies prior to leaving for Spain.
What’s more, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have won each of the last three games against this opposition, scoring 11 goals and conceding three.
Manchester United vs Newcastle tips & predictions
Having beaten Leeds 5-1 in their opening home game of the season, a Ronaldo-bolstered Manchester United look well worth 5/4 (2.20) odds to beat Newcastle in a match featuring over 3.5 goals for the fourth meeting in a row.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.