Manchester United will be eager to continue their excellent unbeaten run when they welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Friday.
The Red Devils have been in fine form heading towards the festive break and they are certainly starting to find their feet. They come into this match on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run and now sit third in the Premier League table within touching distance of Manchester City and leaders Chelsea.
They failed to record their seventh successive win at the weekend, a stubborn Aston Villa side holding them to a draw, however there is good reason to expect a Man United win against Alan Pardew’s Magpies.
Louis van Gaal’s side play no less than three matches in less than a week, starting with the visit of Newcastle on Boxing Day. This will be a huge chance to make up some ground on the leaders and extend their eight match unbeaten run at Old Trafford in all competitions. Indeed, the Red Devils fully justify their odds-on price of 2/5 at Sky Bet to clinch the maximum points on Friday.
Should you not be convinced by Manchester United’s form, you should need little convincing about Newcastle’s. Pardew steered his side to a great run throughout October and November, however things have turned sour since then and following their surprise defeat of leaders Chelsea, they have suffered comprehensive defeats to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, followed by a poor display in the Tyne-Wear derby which saw them lose to arch rivals Sunderland.
As such, it is extremely hard to see them winning at Old Trafford. Nevertheless the odds for the home side offer no value whatsoever, so we need to look elsewhere for some additional value. We have plenty of options there however, including Manchester United to win with both teams getting on the scoresheet, such an outcome up for grabs at 15/8 with Bet365. Man United have managed some clean sheets of late, however much is being asked of De Gea and the home defence is slightly suspect at times so we would expect Newcastle to at least get onto the scoresheet.
Wayne Rooney has been on top form of late and will be looking to break records for both club and country in 2015. He failed to score at Villa Park last weekend, however he has managed six goals in his previous seven matches both for United and England and he looks decent value at 6/5 with Betfair to score at any point of Friday’s match.
This should be a high scoring encounter, based on previous meetings between the sides. Over 2.5 goals looks good value at 6/4 at William Hill. We’ll be concentrating on Rooney to score on Boxing Day however, as well as Man United to clinch some valuable points.
Our betting tips
Anytime Goalscorer, Wayne Rooney – Betfair 6/5
Man United to win and both teams scoring – Bet365 15/8