Manchester United will be looking to assert themselves in the Premier League this weekend, following their undeniably strong showing earlier in the week.
The Reds will travel to St James' Park to face a Newcastle side who are somewhat struggling without the presence of Alan Pardew, who will at least be present in the stadium for the match-up.
Newcastle United lie just two places adrift of their opponents in the table, but are nevertheless eight points behind. They did, however, manage to take a 1-0 win at the Theatre of Dreams during the reverse fixture in December.
United will be hoping that they can maintain their excellent away form and also hoping they can score the first goal, since they are are dominant this season in games where this is the case.
Newcastle, on the other hand, may well come out fighting in a bid to reverse their poor performance in their last two fixtures and improve a home record that is currently just as unreliable as Manchester United's. The Toon have won just seven out of sixteen played, losing six and mirroring the champions.
With Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy both out of action still Newcastle will look to Cisse and Shola Ameobi to save the day. And with no sign of the Reds' possibly greatest asset, the task of pulling off victory will rest heavily on the shoulders of the likes of Juan Mata.
Only time will tell what lies in store for the champions, but it is safe to say the neutrals should be in for a treat.
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