Seventh and ninth in the table go head-to-head at St. James’ Park this afternoon in a rather meaningless game as we enter the business end of the Premier League season. Both sides really have nothing but pride to play for, but both managers will want to come away with a victory for the fans.
David Moyes has some big decisions to make regarding team selections, because theres no doubt he’ll have one eye on that epic Bayern Munich clash in midweek. A win would propel United onto 57 points; just seven away from a Champions League spot.
KO: 15:00 BST
Venue: St. James’ Park.
Date: 5th April 2014
Off the back of that excellent result against the best side in the world, United should be filled with confidence heading into this one. David Moyes will probably ring the changes and save his best side for the game in Bavaria, but Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj will both return and certainly provide a threat.
Pardew’s men are having a weird season. They seem to be picking up victories when you least expect it, and slumping to poor defeats against teams you’d expect them to beat. The French revelation on Tyneside has been super to watch, however they’ll be without Remy, Debuchy and Sissokho today.
Last six in the league
United: WWLWLW – 12 points
Newcastle: WWLWLL – 9 points
Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle
The game took place at Old Trafford last year. Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal of the game in another disappointing Old Trafford performance from United. However we’ve been much better away from home, and with a win today we’d be the solitary side in the Premier League who would’ve managed ten away wins.
Robin van Persie is still out with a knee injury and it’ll be a while before he’ll be available again. Wayne Rooney is injured, and he’ll definitely miss the game with a toe problem. Ryan Giggs is also sidelined. They’ll be late fitness tests for Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling. Rafael could return.
Score prediction: Newcastle 0-2 United
Whatever team we field should have enough to beat a struggling Magpies side today. Pardew’s men have been off the boil since their manager head butted David Meyler a few weeks ago, and although he can return to the stadium he cannot sit in the dugout.