Having lost the League Cup final to Manchester United at Wembley, Newcastle will be hoping they can exact some revenge on the Red Devils when the pair clash in the Premier League at their home fortress, St James’ Park, on Sunday.
Newcastle vs Man Utd Betting Tips
Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope has recovered from the thigh injury that forced him to pull out of the England squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers and is expected to retain his place in the starting XI, as is defender Sven Botman, who has overcome food poisoning suffered while with the Netherlands.
Allan Saint-Maximin has also trained after picking up a knock and will be in the squad, while Joelinton should be put straight back in the side after serving a two-match suspension.
Swedish striker Alexander Isak only returned to the club from international duty on Friday and he will be assessed closer to the game. A late decision will be made on Anthony Gordon, who has only just come back from injury, but Miguel Almiron faces a further four weeks out because of a thigh issue.
Erik ten Hag has “good hope” Marcus Rashford will be available to play after withdrawing from the recent England squad with an unspecified knock, but the Red Devils are still without midfielder Casemiro due to suspension.
Marcel Sabitzer is a doubt after being troubled by a minor injury on international duty, but Alejandro Garnacho remains sidelined with an ankle problem and Christian Eriksen is still a couple of weeks away from a return.
Newcastle to win @ 11/8
After losing three games on the spin across all competitions, which had the League Cup final defeat in the middle, Newcastle have got their bid for a top-four finish on the right track again after securing back-to-back 2-1 wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest. A repeat 2-1 success for the Magpies on Sunday is available at 8/1.
The Magpies head into Sunday’s visit of United knowing a victory would see them climb from fifth place into third, leapfrogging both Tottenham and the Red Devils and putting the north-east outfit in a strong position to secure Champions League football for the next campaign.
Eddie Howe’s men have made St James’ Park a fortress this term, losing just one of their 17 assignments on Tyneside, and the vociferous home crowd will be hoping to spur their side onto victory against a United side that have been stuttering on their travels.
The Red Devils have only won one of their last four away league matches, that coming against relegation-threatened Leeds, while Erik ten Hag’s troops were thumped 7-0 at Liverpool in their last top-flight fixture on the road.
There is just the feeling Newcastle will have that extra motivation to get one over United after the League Cup loss and they should be able to get the job done.
Joelinton to be carded @ 2/1
One player set to return to Newcastle’s starting XI is Joelinton, who has served his latest suspension and has been declared fit and available for this encounter.
The Brazilian’s energy in midfield will be key for the Magpies, while his willingness to run the channel if deployed further up the pitch has also proven to be massive for the club across the course of the season.
Joelinton has not been afraid to get stuck in and he is the joint-most booked player in the league alongside Fulham’s Joao Palhinha, with the pair receiving 10 yellows each.
The 26-year-old was cautioned against United in the League Cup final defeat and it would be no surprise to see him find his way back into the referee’s notebook on his return to action.
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