A brutal run of fixtures has led to an dismal run of results for Newcastle United this season. Already in 2018/19, the Magpies have faced Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, losing on each occasion.
But it is the draws with Cardiff City and Crystal Palace, and reverses against Leicester City in the league and Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, that have caused concern over the Magpies continued top-flight status.
On Saturday, Rafa Benítez’s men travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, although that is no longer the daunting prospect it once was – the Red Devils have won just one of their five home games so far this term.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Newcastle side it believes will start the game.
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