Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on the best of the Premier League betting.
Newcastle v Manchester United, Live Sky Sports 1, 4pm
Newcastle ended a 10 game win-less run against Manchester United in this fixture last season running out 3-0 winners at St James’ Park. Manager Alan Pardew will wish for a similar result in Sunday’s live game and you certainly wouldn’t fancy United to keep a clean sheet at the moment.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are going through a tough time with injuries to their central defenders contributing to their lack of clean sheets. In fact, the Red Devils have conceded the first goal in five of their last six games and the manager will not be pleased about that.
This game has produced some tremendous ties over the years with the visitors usually getting the upper hand. But this is a different Newcastle United that the Premier League runners-up face than the club that was struggling a few seasons back and the home side are unbeaten in three League games against the visitors.
The Magpies started off last season unbeaten in six games and they’ve only been beaten once, 2-0 by Chelsea, this season so far.
Alan Pardew’s side won this clash 3-0 last year and went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat in the Capital One Cup a couple of weeks ago at Old Trafford. Their performances in the Premier League last season deserved a Champions League place and they’ll have will have no fear against a United side that is struggling to get out of second gear.
Both side’s strikers are in tip-top form with Demba-Ba scoring six goals in their league campaign to date and United’s new signing Robin Van Persie is seven from seven in all competitions. If there is a goal in injury time, Paddy Power will refund all losing In-Running next goalscorer bets on the match.
A high-scoring draw, perhaps 2-2 at 11/1 would be my idea of the likely score.