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Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts And More!

Newcastle host United at (the ground formerly known as) St James’ Park.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was left fuming after the officials only played four minutes (just four, can you BELIEVE it!) of injury time in the 3-2 reverse at home to Tottenham.

Top-four chasing Newcastle United will be hoping to avoid at backlash at St James. Both sides have in-form strikers and dodgy defences so this could well be a goal fest! All the info you need is below…

Venue: St James Park

Tickets: Newcastle Tickets from £29

Last season: Newcastle United 3-0 Manchester United:

Referee: H Webb

This season’s matches:Y15, R1, 4.00 cards per game

Odds: Newcastle 13-5 Man Utd 19-20 Draw 13-5

CaughtOffside predicted line-ups:

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NEWCASTLE

Subs from: Alnwick, Perch, Ferguson, Anita, Tavernier, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Vuckic

Doubtful: Coloccini (hamstring)

Injured: S Taylor (calf, two weeks), R Taylor (knee, April), Krul (elbow, two weeks), Elliot (groin, unknown)

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWDDLW

Disciplinary record: Y10, R0

Leading scorer: Ba 6

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MANCHESTER UNITED

Subs from: De Gea, Johnstone, Buttner, Hernández, Cleverley, Valencia, Welbeck, Anderson, Giggs, Powell, Macheda, Bebé, Fletcher

Doubtful Valencia (leg)

Injured: Smalling (foot, 21 Oct), Young (bruised cartilage, Nov), Vidic (knee, Dec), Jones (knee, Dec)

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWWL

Disciplinary record: Y6 R0

Leading scorer: Van Persie 5

STAT ATTACK

Head-to-head

In the past 10 Premier League meetings between the two clubs Newcastle have only won once (the last time they met, a 3-0 home win in January).

Over that 10-match period, The Red Devils have scored 23 goals to Newcastle’s nine.

But Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three league games against United – they have not gone four without defeat against the same opponents since 1989.

The highest-scoring match at St James’ Park between the two clubs came on January 2 1960, when the hosts won 7-3.

In-form Demba Ba has scored in both of his previous two Premier League appearances against Manchester United.

But Paul Scholes has scored more goals against Newcastle than against any other top-flight opponent (nine).

Newcastle United

The Magpies have lost just one of their six matches this season, a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. After six matches last season, they were unbeaten.

The club’s record in the second half of matches so far this season is the third-best in the Premier League.

Demba Ba is now the Premier League’s outright top scorer with six goals, and has scored two braces in consecutive away matches.

Manchester United

They have conceded the first goal in five of their six league games.

They have conceded nine goals so far this campaign. Only during the 2001-02 season have they conceded more after six games in Premier League history (10).

The club’s record in the second half of matches so far this season is the best in the Premier League.

Robin van Persie has scored seven goals in seven matches now for United (across all competitions).

CaughtOffside Prediction: United’s defensive woes to continue. We’re going to go for 2-1 Newcastle with Demba Ba the hero again!

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