Manchester United return to Premier League action following a coronavirus outbreak with a trip to Newcastle United as they aim to close the gap to the top four.
NEWCASTLE RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD
After starting the month in promising fashion with a much-needed win over Burnley, the harsh reality check for Newcastle sees them remain 19th in the Premier League table – level on points with Norwich having played a game more. It took five minutes for Ruben Dias to open the scoring for Manchester City in their last Premier League outing, before Joao Cancelo, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez completed the scoring as the Magpies fell short once again. Thave lost their last three games, conceding at least three goals on each occasion. Newcastle are averaging exactly one goal per game after 18 rounds of Premier League fixtures but they have been better on home turf, averaging 1.33 per game at St James’ Park. Newcastle has the worst defense in the premier league this season with 41 goals conceded in 18 games. Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett, and Jamal Lewis are ruled out with injuries. Isaac Hayden is suspended and unavailable. Jonjo Shelvey is still a fitness doubt.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD
Manchester United will look to return to premier league action with a win after a cluster of COVID-19 forced the postponement of clashes with Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion. A pair of crucial 1-0 wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich City means that the Red Devils occupy the sixth spot in the premier league table – five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with two games in hand. They are unbeaten in six games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit with four wins and two draws having scored in all of their away league games so far this season. Man United has won each of their last four encounters with Newcastle – scoring at least three goals on each occasion – although they are without a clean sheet against the Magpies since January 2019. Head Coach Ralf Rangnick has hinted that he will have a fully-fit squad to pick from this weekend, barring the recovering Paul Pogba.
PREDICTION: MAN UNITED WIN 2-0/2-1/3-0/3-1
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: CRISTIANO RONALDO