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Manchester United’s title push may have come off the rails in the last month but Jose Mourinho’s side should have few problems against workmanlike Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

The Old Trafford-based team have only scored two goals in their last four Premier League matches and have suffered damaging defeats at Huddersfield and Chelsea.

Newcastle have also been mediocre of late and lost 1-0 to Burnley and Bournemouth in their last two games.

Manchester United can be backed at 9/2 to win 2-0 against Rafa Benitez’s side.

Manchester City slumped to a 4-2 defeat at Leicester City last season but Pep Guardiola’s team are a much stronger outfit this term and are 17/2 to win 2-1 at the King Power Stadium while the odds on both teams scoring are 5/7.

The last three Premier League north London derbies at Emirates Stadium have finished 1-1 and another draw between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime can be backed at 51/20.

Goals continue to be a problem for toothless Southampton and, although it may take them some time, Liverpool are good enough to beat Saints 2-0 at Anfield at odds of 13/2.

Chelsea can increase the pressure on Tony Pulis by beating West Brom at The Hawthorns at odds of 10/17 while goals could be in short supply at the Vitality Stadium when Bournemouth entertain Huddersfield Town.

The Cherries have only scored seven Premier League goals this season while David Wagner’s side have only found the net on eight occasions. A goalless draw looks good value at 21/4.

Burnley’s last four Premier League victories have all been 1-0 triumphs and a similar scoreline against dismal Swansea City is available at 19/4.

Crystal Palace have improved in the last few weeks but are still six points away from safety.

They have tightened up defensively since Roy Hodgson’s appointment and have enough quality in their ranks to defeat Everton by a one-goal margin at odds of 51/20.