Old Trafford, so the gag circulating the internet goes, is such a hard place to chisel out a result that even Manchester United can’t win there.
Stash that joke away for Saturday tea-time as United may not improve a record which has seen them win just three of seven matches on home soil so far this season.
David Moyes and his players are still reeling from Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton and since beating Arsenal last month they have watched their chances of retaining their Premier League title sink slowly down the drain by picking up just two points from a possible nine.
They are 12 points behind Arsenal at the sharp end of the table and seemingly out of the race for the top.
Newcastle will be tough opponents on Saturday as Wayne Rooney is suspended and Robin van Persie will not be at his sharpest even if he does return from injury.
Yes, these are bleak times for United fans and Newcastle, who had won four on the spin including victories over Chelsea and Tottenham before losing 3-0 at Swansea in midweek, are worth a small punt at a whopping 13/2 with Coral.
The better bet would be for the Magpies to win with a goal start at 9/5 in Bet365′s handicap market.
Loic Remy is a monster price at 10/3 with the same firm and William Hill to get his name on the scoresheet at some stage.
Manchester City can send Southampton to a fourth straight defeat when they visit the south coast tomorrow afternoon.
The Premier League title favourites are 3/4 with Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill to win and should be the cornerstone of all accumulators this weekend,
Sergio Aguero is very appealing at 5/4 with Unibet and 888sport to continue his fantastic scoring streak.
Skiing: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, celebrating his 50th birthday today, comes out of retirement on New Year’s Day to make his first ski jump in 25 years.
He competes at Garmisch Partenkirchen and Unibet offer evens he jumps less than 59 metres and 3/4 he jumps over that distance. Take the under.