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Nic Ladds 15th Aug 2010 - 14:29

Youth and experience combined will teach Newcastle a lesson

After Chelsea smashed West Brom 6-0 in their opening league fixture, the onus is on Manchester United to get their own big result against a newly promoted side as they take on Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Man Utd (2/9) look well placed in their bid to reclaim the Premier League crown as no major names have left the club and Sir Alex has invested in young, hungry footballers.

Newcastle (11/1) haven't beaten United since 2001 and after a season in the Championship, although they have kept hold of some of their bigger names, it is hard to see anything other than a comprehensive home win here.

In the Community Shield, Man Utd showed why you should never write them off. The combination of experience through players like Scholes, Giggs and Van Der Sar mixed with the youth and skill from Rooney, Valencia and new signing Javier Hernandez -showed just why they are one of the best teams in the world.

When you compare the squads, and see that Newcastle are likely to start with Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi as their striking options, it is hard to see where the moments of quality will come from this season.

Their only outlay of the summer has been £1.5m on James Perch from Nottm Forest and Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling have come in on free transfers.

They do have Kevin Nolan in the middle who was outstanding in the Championship last season and scored plenty of goals. If you think Newcastle can upset the home support with a goal then I reckon he is the man likely to do it and is 14/1 to score first or 11/2 anytime.

If you think Newcastle will be hit for six just like their relegation rivals West Brom were you can get a massive 50/1. I personally think that is pretty likely, if the home side score early and really want to use this match as a message to their doubters, Newcastle could be in for a real drubbing.

The handicap markets could provide some good value if you do not like the look of a correct score. Man Utd -2 goals is a decent price at 17/10 or if you think the Red Devils will smash them you can get 9/2 on -3 goals.

Wayne Rooney is still yet to reach full match fitness after his disappointing World Cup but has a history of scoring against Newcastle and is 9/4 to score first.

Javier Hernandez (Chicarito) looked impressive in the Community Shield and scored, albeit not how he intended, and if you think he will be able to celebrate his home league debut with a goal then he is 7/2 to score first. Although I would be more tempted by the same price on him to score last as he could be used from the bench.

Newcastle might have one of the best chances of staying up of all the promoted clubs but an away fixture at Old Trafford is still one of the toughest matches in world football and they could be in for a tough return to the top flight.



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