Man United vs Newcastle – Betting Preview
On Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium, Manchester United and Newcastle United square off for the first piece of domestic silverware in an effort to snap their respective trophy droughts.
In order to qualify for the championship game, the Red Devils thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 on aggregate, while Eddie Howe’s young players defeated Southampton 3-1 over the course of two legs in the semifinals.
Man United Preview
Man United are looking for their first trophy since their Carabao Cup and Europa League double-winning campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2016–17, and it appears that they are on the road to recovery under Erik ten Hag’s leadership.
On their way to the final, they defeated Premier League teams Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, but Newcastle is unquestionably their hardest opponent to far in this competition!
With five of their previous nine EFL Cup finals ending with the Manchester giants hoisting the trophy in the air, the Red Devils will be playing in their tenth final on Sunday.
Regardless of what happens over the course of 90 or 120 minutes this weekend, Ten Hag will already be the first Dutch manager to serve as the match’s head coach.
The 10-man Magpies threatened to expose the Reds’ defensive frailties and then some, despite Howe’s squad going through an unfavourable stretch of Premier League form, losing each of their last four games and losing just their second game in the top level against Liverpool.
Since winning the FA Cup in 1955, the Magpies have gone on an eight-game losing skid at Wembley, and Man United’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the 1999 FA Cup final was a part of their historic treble that year.
However, Newcastle has more than earned the right to compete at Wembley as Howe seeks to become the first English coach to win the cup since 2003–04, when Middlesbrough was led all the way by now–Manchester United assistant Steve McClaren.
A victory on Sunday could very well spark a similar haul of success for the upcoming months.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s analyse the 1×2 betting market.
Due to the two fan bases’ long-awaited excitement, Sunday’s final may get off to a cautious start. However, considering the attacking prowess that will likely be on display, it should give way to a fun match!
A look at the betting market will tell you that United are the favourites to win this @ 2.31.
The Red Devils will be concerned about Newcastle because they won’t have much time to rest after their Europa League play-off victory against Barcelona on Thursday, but with winners like Casemiro and Rafael Varane among their ranks, the trophy may very well return to Manchester!
So given the quality of this United side, the market has deemed Newcastle as the underdogs @ 3.58.
The market odds of a stalemate after the 90 mins are played, stands @ 3.56.
Total goals over/under
Let’s analyse the over/under market.
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.15.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.86.
Judging by the over/under odds, this could be a tight contest, where individual brilliance could be the difference maker!