Normal service has been resumed
After the freak results of New Year weekend, it seems that the natural order has been restored in the Premier League. Manchester City recorded a convincing win at home, Chelsea clumsily beat Wolves, Wigan and Blackburn both got a hiding and Joey Barton got sent off. All is well in the Premier League.
January 4th, 2012
So it stands to reason that Manchester United will bounce back from their New Year’s Eve defeat to Blackburn as they travel to the North East to face Newcastle.
Whilst the Toon Army have every reason to be proud of their season so far, they have struggled to keep up their early season form of late. Hit hard by injuries to Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor, Newcastle have picked up just four points since their unbeaten record was taken from them by Manchester City back in mid-November.
Three of those points came against lowly Bolton but the other point did in fact come at Old Trafford in the last meeting between these two, so the Toon shouldn’t be completely written off here.
So what are we going to do? We’re going to write them off completely and point you in the direction of Ladbrokes, who will offer 2/1 about a Manchester United win ‘to-nil’ at St James’.
The visitors will have watched last night’s Manchester City success with interest from their hotel rooms in Newcastle and, whilst they’d never admit it publically, they’ll be desperate to keep on the coat tails of their noisy neighbours.
We’re also backing their defence, which recorded five consecutive clean sheets following their 6-1 thumping at home to City, against the top nine’s lowest scorers at home.
Talking of low scorers, November 19th is how far you have to go to find a match involving Everton that saw more than 2 goals scored, which is enough for us to back the <2.5 goals market in their clash with struggling Bolton.
Landon Donovan will be available for David Moyes but whilst he was undoubtedly a huge hit in his first spell at Goodison, he isn’t going to turn the goal-shy Toffees (only West Brom have scored fewer at home) into a prolific outfit.