Newcastle vs Manchester United
Having broken out of their poor run with wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest, Newcastle are only three points behind Manchester United ahead of this Carabao Cup final rematch.
It is the tightest football betting clash in the Premier League this weekend. A win for the Magpies would only add further intrigue to the close battle for the final two Champions League places.
After a humiliation at Anfield, Manchester United failed to beat Southampton. Brief, faint title hopes have evaporated.
Looking over their shoulders at Tottenham and Newcastle, Erik ten Hag’s team need to get back to winning ways this weekend, but will have to do so without Casemiro. Marcus Rashford is also a slight injury concern after pulling out of the England squad.
Newcastle’s season appeared to have fallen off the rails when they lost the cup final and had a winless run in the league. Howe, as a result, was particularly impressed with his team when they made it back-to-back wins last time out.
“Back-to-back wins, consecutive wins are hugely important in this division. A big moment in our season and we managed to dig deep and find a winner. We don’t know (how important it could be) at this moment in time, but it felt a big moment at the end.
“We went through a run of games around the cup final that were tough games, playing top opposition. Unfortunately we got beaten three times and it was a real test of our character how we responded to that.”
These teams are very familiar with one another, which can sometimes lead to cagey encounters. Ten Hag and Howe are well aware of their weaknesses in this matchup. Defeat for either team would also be a significant blow to their top four hopes.
Despite a one-sided match at Wembley earlier this year, these teams are pretty well-matched. The draw seems a good bet at 12/5.
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Find all the Manchester United odds for the 2022-23 season at 888Sport. Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge at Old Trafford brings fresh expectation, and eyes will be on the latest Manchester United betting throughout the campaign.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo opt to stay and power the Red Devils to a top four finish? Could United collect their first silverware since the 2016-17 campaign?
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Manchester United Outright Betting 2022-23
Manchester United outright betting firmly places them fifth in Premier League winner odds – the Red Devils have a preseason price of 25/1, well behind Chelsea at 13/1 and Tottenham at 14s.
Erik ten Hag is clearly ambitious, but a title push is well out of the Red Devils’ reach this season.
Being a top four team would be a success after a woeful 2021-22 campaign. United are as long as 17/10 for such a finish, residing at longer odds than Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. They are, however, in at 2/5 for a top six finish.
When it comes to player outright betting, Cristiano Ronaldo’s 14/1 is the shortest price in the Golden Boot market, while the Portuguese is also the club’s favourite to win PFA Player of the Year at 16/1.
Neither represent value given the uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future and his performances last season.
Ten Hag may look to the cups as a chance to get some early silverware under his belt, and bookies consider United a solid candidate to lift the EFL Cup or FA Cup this term.
Ending their relative trophy drought would be a strong start to ten Hag’s Old Trafford tenure. 888Sport will be covering Manchester United predictions and picks here throughout the 2022-23 season.
*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*
FIRST PUBLISHED: 3rd August 2022