Newcastle United play host to Leeds United on Friday evening as both sides look for that elusive first Premier League win of the season.
The Magpies were beaten 4-1 by a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Manchester United side in their last match, leaving them in the relegation zone with just one point from four games.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have begun the new campaign in similar form with two points on the board from their four matches. Like Newcastle, they were also well beaten last time out as Liverpool handed them a 3-0 defeat at Elland Road.
Despite being just over a month into the new season, both teams will be aware of the importance of picking up a maiden win at St James’ Park on Friday.
What channel is Newcastle vs Leeds United on?
Like for the opening game of the season against West Ham, Newcastle’s clash with Leeds will be on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League on Friday evening.
Callum Wilson remains a serious doubt for the Magpies with an ongoing thigh problem while Martin Dubravka is still out of contention.
After picking up knocks in the Man United defeat, Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark and Joe Willock have all returned to full training so should be available for Friday night’s fixture.
Ryan Fraser is also expected to be part of the squad after overcoming an injury that saw him return early from international early on crutches.
As for Leeds, they have a centre back crisis to deal with after Pascal Struijk’s suspension was upheld following an unsuccessful appeal for the red card he was given against Liverpool.
Diego Llorente was forced off during the first half of that match so is unlikely to start on Friday night whilst Robin Koch remains a doubt for the Whites.Newcastle United will welcome a rowdy Geordie crowd back to St James’ Park when they host Leeds United on Friday evening.
With just one point against newly-promoted side Norwich City, the Magpies sit 19th in the table and are yet to taste victory so far this season.
Meanwhile, the Whites are also winless, having picked up just two points from their first four games and are in 17th place.
Ahead of the game, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of best bets from Newcastle vs Leeds United to get your teeth stuck into it.
Newcastle United vs Leeds United betting tips & predictions
Newcastle United are 2/1 to win, with Leeds United priced at 6/5 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 11/4.
Prediction: 1-2 (15/2)
Match Result: Leeds United (6/5)
Bruce’s men are in desperate need of a confidence-boosting win, however, with doubts over the fitness of star striker Callum Wilson, it may be unlikely to come against Friday’s visitors.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side also completed the double over Newcastle last season, winning 5-2 at Elland Road and 2-1 at St James’ Park, and we’re backing them to come away with all three points again.Full-Time Result and U/O Goals: Leeds United and Over 2.5 Goals (11/5)
Newcastle have the worst defensive record in the division to date, conceding 12 goals in four games, with Leeds not doing much better having conceded 11.
The previous 18 Premier League meetings between these sides have produced a staggering 62 goals at an average of over three goals per game.