Manchester United vs Newcastle
16 goals since returning from the World Cup; Marcus Rashford is in terrifying form and there’s few around the world right now who’d be a better bet to score or assist.
He’s also picked up 4 assists since returning from Qatar and if any player on the pitch today is going to be involved in a goal, he’s the most likely.
United are the favourites for this one and Newcastle’s key concern lies in goal. Loris Karius is starting following Nick Pope’s red card and the fact that Dubravka is cup tied from this competition, for plating for United.
Expect Rashy to take the chance to test the potentially fragile German whenever he gets the opportunity.
Brazilian Bruno isn’t the most prolific shooter and it’s often been feast or famine when backing him but I like the price on offer here as he returns to the side for their biggest game in decades.
Newcastle looked a shadow of the team they’ve been when Bruno was absent, really lacking that quality creator and cutting edge in midfield.
Expect Bruno to come back in and want to show what he’s all about. He managed a SOT when the sides met in the Premier League earlier this season and there’s no doubts he has the quality to test David De Gea from distance.
The return of ASM to the side lately is also key. He’s reluctant to cross on his left foot, so is always looking to cut back on to his right foot and find a pass across the box.
That situation reared it’s head so many times in recent games for The Toon, especially against West Ham but they didn’t have the player in position to take advantage.
This is a risky selection, but it takes just a few yards of space and we’ve got a tick here.
Wilson is the primary goal threat in this toon side; with the team built to get chances to him in the right positions and you can’t dispute the finishing ability of the Englishman.
His 1.40 SOT/90 average is the highest in the squad bar Isak (who’s played a third of the minutes).
Wilson is also the designated penalty taker for The Toon. He’s had at least 1 SOT in 5 of his last 6 matches, only blanking against Southampton when he was subbed after an hour.
Everyone raves about Joelinton’s transformation but it really is crazy. He is an absolute unit and really dominates the midfield.
He averages 1.89 fouls/90 which is hefty and his 9 cards this season have him head and shoulders clear of anyone else in the Newcastle side and only Joao Palhinha has more in the PL this season.
Against a midfield of Casemiro, Fernandes and Fred who all draw well above 1 fouls plus the threat of drifting players like Rashford, Sancho, Antony and co, Joelinton should be in the thick of it.