EPL Betting Preview – Newcastle United v Manchester United

October 7th, 2012 | Posted by in 2012/2013 EPL Season

EPL Week 7 and on Sunday and Monday there are some big games on offer. Below we have Sportingbet Australia EPL betting preview of Newcastle United v Manchester United. Click below on the game for this weekend’s EPL Betting odds from leading UK and European bookmakers.

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Sports Direct Arena – Sunday 7th October 2012

Bearing in mind that Manchester United had been unconvincing in every previous game they had played this season, last week’s home defeat at the hands of Tottenham should not have come as a total surprise.

What was shocking, however, was just how second-best the Red Devils were during the first-half.

Yes, they showed their characteristic grit and resolve to battle their way back into the contest after the break, but before it, they were simply torn apart.

Spurs were quicker and stronger in every department, they moved and kept the ball better than their hosts and Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and several of their colleagues took turns to torment a hapless Rio Ferdinand.

The United centre-back is expected to announce his retirement from international football in the coming days and on the evidence of last week’s performance, England won’t miss him.

Sir Alex Ferguson, as usual, tried desperately to distract attention away from his side’s failings by bemoaning the lack of time added on by the match officials, but his charges were little better in midweek when they laboured to a narrow Champions League victory over Romanian minnows CFR Cluj.

And while no-one is likely to make the mistake of writing off the men from Old Trafford, they need to regroup in a hurry and swiftly re-focus upon Sunday’s trip to the north-east to tackle a Newcastle United side looking to build on last term’s surprise fifth-placed finish.

Indeed, while Fergie has had steam coming out of his ears this week, opposite number Alan Pardew and his backroom staff could have been forgiven for kicking back with a glass or two of bubbly after signing new, 8-year contracts at the Sports Direct Arena.

Presumably the deals do contain various get-out clauses for both parties, but they are nevertheless a remarkable indication of how much progress the Magpies have made since Pardew inherited the managerial hot-seat from Chris Hughton a little under two years ago.

Coming within four points of pipping Spurs for fourth place last term was a remarkable achievement and although a touch fortunate to nick a draw at Reading last time out, United have generally been pretty impressive again this season, with a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea their only league reverse to date.

Pardew will have to monitor the fitness of his key men in the wake of Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Bordeaux, but is hopeful that defensive duo Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini will recover from respective calf and hamstring problems in time to face the Red Devils.

The news is less positive concerning Danny Simpson, Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor, however, all of whom are set to miss out, meaning the likes of Steve Harper, Davide Santon and James Perch are likely to be retain their spots in the run-on side.

As for the visitors, they too will have some notable absentees, including Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic and Ashley Young, although Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick should both be available after missing the Cluj game due to illness and Antonio Valencia and Jonny Evans are also expected to pass late fitness tests.

The two sides met only last midweek, with United prevailing in a Capital One Cup tie at Old Trafford, but the Magpies ran out 3-0 in last season’s clash on Tyneside and also claimed a point from the return fixture, courtesy of a 1-1 draw.

A sell-out crowd will create an atmosphere to savour at St James’ Park and with both Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa in superb form, Newcastle have enough creativity and firepower to counter any United backlash and secure a share of the spoils.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Manchester United

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