Newcastle United and Manchester United resume Premier League duties at St. James' Park on Saturday evening (20:00), after their respective European commitments in midweek.
Newcastle were denied a famous victory over Paris Saint-Germain after conceding a late penalty, while Manchester United threw away 2-0 and 3-1 leads to draw 3-3 with Galatasaray.
Newcastle to win
I'm backing Newcastle to win to kick things off.
They'll feel that they were treated harshly in midweek, as the penalty they conceded was controversial to say the least. I've mentioned this in previous columns, but Newcastle are a completely different outfit at home, and St. James' Park has been a fortress since Eddie Howe took over.
Meanwhile, United have made a habit of throwing away leads this season, most notably in the Champions League, and they'll be kicking themselves after the 3-3 draw with Galatasaray.
Erik ten Hag's side just don't look solid enough to hold onto winning positions, and I can see them being eaten alive by a roaring St. James' Park this weekend. The Red Devils can get on the scoresheet, but Newcastle will have too much for them here.
Anthony Gordon 1+ Assist
The former Everton man is on fire for Newcastle at the moment.
He's potentially up against Diogo Dalot here, after Aaron Wan-Bissaka played in midweek, and it's fair to say he isn't as defensively sound as the former Crystal Palace defender, so Gordon could find some joy down that left-hand side.
He's won 24 fouls in 12 Premier League games, proving himself to be a nuisance, and he has nine goal contributions (five goals and four assists) in 12 games for the Magpies this season, so I'm backing him to grab an assist here.
Alejandro Garnacho 1+ Shots On Target
United's young star seems to be involved in everything at the moment after his sensational goal against Everton last weekend, and he opened the scoring away at Galatasaray on Wednesday night.
I imagine that he'll start once again for the Red Devils this weekend, as he's arguably United's most in-form player. As mentioned above, I think United can create chances, as Newcastle have looked too open in midfield at times, and I'm expecting the Argentine to be involved.
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