Newcastle United v Manchester United betting tips – Few goals at St James’ Park

The Red Devils will struggle for back-to-back wins at St James' Park on Tuesday evening.

Newcastle United v Manchester United betting tips – Few goals at St James’ Park

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Glen Laidlaw

January 11th, 2016

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Manchester United are unbeaten in their previous three games in all competitions, however that isn’t to say that things are particularly rosy in the red half of Manchester. The pressure on manager Louis van Gaal’s shoulders was hardly lifted following the narrow 2-1 win against Swansea City at Old Trafford and the home fans were very vocal in their feelings towards the United boss when their side needed a Wayne Rooney penalty in added time to clinch an FA Cup third round win over Sheffield United in the weekend clash.

Following that encounter, former United favourite Paul Scholes was extremely critical of both the manager and the players, saying: “You need to make something happen as a footballer at this club. I’d have my head in my hands. I’d be depressed. It would take me two or three days to get over that performance. You’ve just seen 90 minutes of boring, defensive football. The players are bored, fans are bored, everyone’s bored. You look across at the bench and Van Gaal looks bored as well. Every time you come to Old Trafford – this is what you see. Negative football.”

One can’t really argue with his comments and we feel that Scholes was right on the mark with his assessment of United. Indeed, the performance against Sheffield United would have gone a long way towards giving an insomniac a decent night’s sleep and we can’t see any reason to believe that their negative displays will soon be a thing of the past. With this in mind, we can’t back them with any confidence to seal the three points on Tuesday evening at St James’ Park, despite the hosts losing all four of their last outings. Instead, we’ll be concentrating on the number of goals we can expect to see.

Our expectation is that there won’t be too many of them and Bet365 go 8/11 for Under 2.5 goals. This price may seem far from lucrative, however looking at the form of both sides, we feel that is is banker material. The Magpies are hardly banging them in for fun with no goals in their last four defeats and despite these two sides historically producing plenty of excitement over the years, Tuesday’s clash looks set to be a match to forget.

Neither side are enjoying good form at the moment and as such, we’ll be going for a 0-0 half-time scoreline at odds of 7/4 with William Hill. The Magpies will settle with a single point on Tuesday, while the Red Devils will struggle to break down the hosts. The visitors haven’t scored in the first 45 minutes in their previous five games, therefore a 0-0 draw at the interval seems a rather logical outcome.


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