Newcastle eased for drop after stunning Red Devils

NEWCASTLE boosted their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Manchester United and the Magpies have been eased to 7-2 for the drop.

Rafa Benitez’s side were 5-1 to take three points off the visitors but the Red Devils had no response to a second-half goal from Matt Ritchie, a 16-1 chance to score first.

The loss leaves Jose Mourinho’s United 16 points behind leaders Manchester City and only six ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, who travel to West Brom tonight to play their game in hand.

United are 1-8 to finish in the top four with Tottenham, 1-0 winners over Arsenal on Saturday, 1-3 and Liverpool 1-8 after a 2-0 win at Southampton. The Saints remain in the bottom three and are 4-1 to go down.

Like Newcastle, Huddersfield claimed a valuable victory in their bid to stay up as the 12-5 shots beat Bournemouth 4-1. However, the Terriers remain 8-11 for an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Aston Villa are 5-6 to earn promotion from the second tier. Goals from Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane gave Villa a 2-0 derby win over Birmingham, propelling them to second place in the Championship table.

Manchester United, sent off at 4-6 in their defeat at Newcastle, weren’t the only favourites to flop in Europe yesterday and plenty of accumulators will have been sunk by La Liga leaders Barcelona, who were 1-8 to beat Getafe at Camp Nou but were held to a goalless draw.

Match in Focus

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Stuttgart v F Dusseldorf

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • A 3-0 defeat to Bayern is Stuttgart’s only loss in their last nine at home in the league
Expert verdict
Stuttgart, who finished last season with four straight wins, have struggled to get going with even World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard unable to shore up a leaky rearguard. However, they can chalk up a first win of the season against Fortuna Dusseldorf, who also cannot keep a clean sheet.

 

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