Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut as the Red Devils welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford for a Premier League match.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his first appearance for Manchester United since May 2009 in a Premier League match against Newcastle on Saturday.
The Portuguese ace has reclaimed the iconic No.7 jersey ahead of his second debut. Whether he’ll start remains uncertain, although United have the quality to win regardless. Mason Greenwood, for one, has been in red-hot form and is rested after his surprise England snub.
The Red Devils enter Saturday’s clash third in the Premier League table on seven points from three games, sit six points above their 17th-placed opponents Newcastle, and have Fred available for selection.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Stats and analysis
Manchester United have been sure to supply goals on both ends of their pitch. In their last 10 Premier League fixtures, the Red Devils have scored 19 goals for an average of 1.9 goals per game. They only kept 2 clean sheets in those matches, conceding 12 goals, which is an average of 1.2 per game.
Newcastle arrive at Old Trafford with a mixed record from their last 10 Premier League outings. The Magpies hit the target 1.8 times on average per game, scoring 18 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 19 goals, an average of 1.9 per game, as they held on for just 2 clean sheets.
Stats and facts for Manchester United and Newcastle.
Fun stats Manchester United
- Manchester United unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Manchester United scored in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Manchester United scored the last 14 matches in a row at home;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Manchester United’s last 3 of 5 matches.
Fun stats Newcastle
- Newcastle did not win the last 3 matches in a row;
- Newcastle conceded in the last 12 of 14 matches;
- Newcastle scored in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Newcastle’s last 3 of 5 matches.
Tough-to-beat Red Devils.
Manchester United look to continue their current momentum with another positive result. In their last 3 matches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side played out a 5-1 win against Leeds, followed by a 1-1 draw against Southampton. Their most recent match brought a 1-0 win against Wolves.
The Magpies hope to stop the rot.
The mood around Newcastle is pretty low right now as a win has proven hard to come by in recent weeks. In their 3 latest outings, Steve Bruce’s side achieved a 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa and went on to a 0-0 draw with Burnley. Their latest game produced a 2-2 draw against Southampton.
Manchester United v Newcastle – Fixture history
When these two clubs last faced off against each other, Manchester United ended up taking all 3 points in a 3-1 victory. The Red Devils have the following 6-2-2 meeting statistics with Newcastle.
Picking Cristiano Ronaldo to score on his second Red Devils debut is a tempting option, especially if he starts. Bruno Fernandes normally supplies the goods for Manchester United as well. Newcastle, on the other hand, are without Callum Wilson and may instead need to rely on Allan Saint-Maximin or Joe Willock for any chance on goal.