Manchester United v Newcastle United – Match Preview
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Capital One Cup – Third Round
Wednesday 26 September 2012 7.45pm
Live On SKY Sports
Despite everything that has been thrown at this match, it could prove to be a real landmark fro Newcastle United….or alternatively it will have proved to be our seasonal weak surrender from this competition.
The League Cup has always come behind the League and FA Cup in the pecking order but with each passing year it becomes closer to impossible to even guess at the line-ups. As if the attraction of watching two weakened teams playing in a competition that neither are sure they really want to be in wasn’t bad enough, for some mad, bad reason the two clubs have agreed that ticket prices should be set at £45 (plus NUFC’s £1 administration fee).
X number of years ago there would be wholesale afternoons off work across Tyneside as thousands and thousands made the journey to chase the dream and revel in a trip to Old Trafford in a full house packed with atmosphere. Instead we could have one of the smallest Newcastle United travelling support ever to visit Manchester United and a ground with around a third of it closed off. You most definitely couldn’t make it up.
Sweeping away the negatives, this could be a real opportunity. Win this and if we get a kind draw in the next round, we’d then be one further round away from a two legged semi-final.
Even by our standards it is quite remarkable that Newcastle haven’t managed a semi-final appearance since 1976, especially when in years such as this when we are in Europe, to reach the semis you only have to win three matches!
Alan Pardew has already indicated that Coloccini and Tiote will be involved and while it would appear almost certain that Shola will play up front, there has been speculation that Cisse could also play – in part to help him play through his lean spell in front of goal. I think some people have been getting carried away because he’s gone a handful of games without scoring and I fancy Cisse to open the scoring at 15-2 with BetVictor (if he doesn’t take part in the match before the first goal then you get your money back).
Purely guesswork elsewhere but I’d imagine Pardew isn’t going to take too may risks with his defence, in part because there aren’t a great deal of other options, while Obertan will be wondering if he gets yet another chance after his latest brief poor showing against Norwich. Ironically he had possibly his bets 45 minutes at the club last season when he gave Evra a chasing before having to be substituted.
Guessing the home team is a lucky dip as well, though Ferguson has already named Darren Fletcher as a starter after his fightback from illness. Rooney has been touted as a possibility to play but more likely we’ll see players like Hernandez and Welbeck who are clear proof that Man.U.’s area with most strength in depth is up front. In contrast Vidic is facing a couple of months out and Jones & Smalling are also long-term injuries, leaving Ferdinand and Evans as their two fit frontline central defenders.
Betting on football is all about value for money and the 6-1 with BetVictor on a Newcastle win in 90 minutes is surely a stand out price. It will be tough but as the 4-3 at Chelsea in this competition showed, with it being the League Cup it does produce more shock results.
One outstanding aspect of BetVictor odds is their scorecasts and as an example we think that 125-1 for Shola to score in a 1-0 win is huge, especially as he will take any penalty, whether or not Papiss Cisse is on the pitch or not!
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