Match Betting (1x2)

We can recall some classic matches between Newcastle and Manchester United during the 90’s, with Kevin Keegan and Sir Alex Ferguson indulging in mind games, while there were some battles that featured players such as Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel, David Ginola, Roy Keane and Alan Shearer.

In the present day, the Magpies are no longer anywhere near the top of the Premier League pecking order, with Steve Bruce’s side currently favourites in the relegation market and they are the rank outsiders to win this Sunday afternoon clash.

Unibet are prepared to offer 15/4 that Newcastle claim a much-needed victory this weekend, with Bruce looking for a reaction after a 5-0 humbling at the hands of Leicester City which looked somewhat inevitable after Isaac Hayden had been sent off.

However, the Tyneside team are yet to win at home this season and Manchester United are the 17/20 favourites to claim a maximum haul of their own, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having seen his team draw 1-1 against Arsenal on Monday.

It was a disjointed performance from the Red Devils who took the lead only to be pegged back, with United having recently lost at West Ham after drawing away to Wolves and Southampton.

The draw in this clash would be a more positive outcome for the home side and Ladbrokes have 12/5 about this one ending all square, with Newcastle looking capable of keeping the scoreline down at the very least.

Asian Handicap

For those that want to side with Manchester United in a big way, there are several Asian Handicap betting options that might appeal to you. The Red Devils are 17/10 with Unibet off a handicap of -1 goal and that means you would get money back if the visitors triumph by a single goal and you would make a profit if they enjoyed a two-goal margin of victory or bigger.

If you expect United to really cut loose against a Newcastle side coming off a 5-0 thrashing, then you can get 6/1 about them off a -2 handicap and it could make appeal if Solskjaer’s team get an early goal.

Alternatively, we’ve seen the Magpies able to keep things tight at St James’ Park, with recent draws against Watford and Brighton occurring. If you think that Bruce’s team will avoid defeat, then Newcastle +0.5 appeals at 21/20 and this merely requires the home side to not lose the game.

Newcastle 0 is a 49/20 chance and this would mean money back if the game is drawn but a very handsome return if the home side are able to get over the line.

First Goalscorer

It remains to be seen whether Anthony Martial is available for this clash having failed to recover from injury in time to face Arsenal, with the Frenchman badly missed against the Gunners.

Martial is most likely to be on the bench, although some bookies have 11/2 about the exciting forward breaking the deadlock and he looks better suited to that position than Marcus Rashford who is trading at 9/2 with Paddy Power.

Daniel James also appeals at 8/1 with Unibet considering that the Welshman’s searing pace could cause problems for a Newcastle side who have to come out on the front foot in front of their own supporters.

As for Newcastle, it’s hard to see any of their players scoring a goal at the moment, although Yoshinori Muto is a 12/1 shot with Paddy Power and arguably the most likely player to find the net.

Both Teams to Score

Newcastle United matches at St James’ Park have so far featured just 1, 2 and 0 goals, so the prospect of both teams finding the net might seem unlikely, although Ladbrokes offer 10/11 that this happens and that’s partly based on both defences being shaky.

Manchester United will arrive in the north-east feeling confident of landing a first clean sheet on the road and the “No” option on the BTTS market has been chalked up at 20/21 with BetVictor.

Over / Under Goals

The bookmakers are not anticipating a particularly high-scoring affair in front of the TV cameras and Over 2.5 Goals is currently available at 11/10, with that requiring three or more goals to be scored throughout the ninety minutes.

Considering that this hasn’t yet happened at St James’ Park, we recommend that Under 2.5 Goals is probably a more attractive wager and Unibet have an eye-catching 4/5 about that outcome.

Correct Score

We always say that punters wanting to back the 0-0 scoreline are better served backing No Goalscorer in the First Goalscorer market. This means that if the only goal of the game is an own goal, then you would still win with this bet.

Paddy Power offer an eye-catching 8/1 about this happening and it’s fair to say both sides have drawn their fair share of blanks this season, although we are leaning towards a tight 1-0 triumph in favour of the visitors.

The 1-0 win for Manchester United is currently trading at 6/1 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy to grind out a result, while a 1-0 victory for Newcastle is trading at nearly twice the price and could be attractive too.


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