Arguably the most interesting tie of the Capitol One Cup 3rd round will see Manchester United, fresh from the win at Anfield, play host to Newcastle at Old Trafford.
With both managers likely to make wholesale changes to the starting line-up, we should see quite a few up-and-coming players stake their claim for a place in the starting 11.
Manchester United have been far from impressive at the start of the new season, but the Red Devils continue to grind out results as only they know how.
Following the 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, United have won five straight games in all competitions, but left a lot to be desired in the process.
The Red Devils needed a big help from referee Mark Halsey to record a win at Anfield, which proved extremely valuable given that Manchester City and Arsenal shared spoils at Etihad.
Even though Sir Alex Ferguson is now set to rest his starters in the Capitol One Cup clash against Newcastle, United are 1.50 (1/2) with William Hill to extend their winning run to six games.
Alex Buttner, Nick Powell, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck are all expected to start as Fergie makes a number of changes to the team that beat Liverpool at the weekend.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): De Gea – Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner – Fletcher, Andreson, Powell – Cleverley – Chicharito, Welbeck.
With no major changes in the side during off season, Newcastle hit the ground running early on, and they have been doing fairly well since the season kicked off.
The Magpies successfully qualified for Europa League group stages and picked up one point from the away game against Maritimo, while taking 8 points from first 5 league games.
Considering the very difficult fixture list in the opening exchanges, that was a pretty decent return for Alan Pardew’s side.
With his second string line-up doing so well in Europe, the experienced manager is expected to field a similar side to that which played out a goalless draw in Portugal.
Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, however, are expected to start having just returned from lengthy lay-offs, while Papiss Cisse is unlikely to be rested as he searches for his first goal of the season.
Given that we should see an open game at Old Trafford, backing both teams to score at odds of 1.80 (4/5) offered by BetVictor looks the right thing to do.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Elliot – Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon – Obertan, Bigirimana, Tiote, Amalfitano – Cisse, Shola Ameobi.