The superstar that is Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to make his much-anticipated return to the red of Manchester United this weekend, and it looks written in the stars that he will mark his return with a goal.
Yes, Manchester United takes on Newcastle United in the English Premier League this Saturday, and in our EPL betting picks, we think Cristiano will find the back of the net.
- Match – EPL, Manchester United v Newcastle United
- Venue – Old Trafford, Manchester, England
- Date – September 11th, 2021
- Time – 10am ET
Ronaldo is already in red hot form
During the recent international break, Ronaldo became the top international men’s scorer of all time.
In the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ireland, Ronaldo scored two late-headed goals to break Irish hearts and give Portugal a 2-1 win.
The two goals were Ronaldo’s 109th and 110th international goals for Portugal.
Top International Mens Scorers
110 CRISTIANO RONALDO
109 Ali Daei
89 Mokhtar Dahari
84 Ferenc Puskas
79 Godfrey Chitalu
78 Hussein Saeed
76 Lionel Messi pic.twitter.com/oIbdoEyIKr
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 1, 2021
The irony of the second goal is that it led to a booking for Ronaldo for removing his shirt to celebrate (a ridiculous soccer rule), meaning Ronaldo was suspended from Portugal’s match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
Portugal didn’t miss him and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
The suspension enabled Ronaldo to return to Manchester United early to start training and prepare for the Newcastle match. I bet Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was delighted to hear such news.
Manchester United v Newcastle United Match Odds and Form
No surprise to see Manchester United are heavy favorites with the top sportsbooks. The Red Devils are just -588.2 to beat Newcastle when they square off.
The draw is +600. With the most unlikely outcome, a Newcastle win at +1300.
|Man Utd v Newcastle United Match Odds|
Manchester have started the season well
Manchester United currently sits third in the English Premier League.
They have 7 points from their three matches played, with two wins and one draw.
Newcastle struggles set to continue
Newcastle sits in 17th position, just one place outside the relegation zone.
They have just 1 point from their three fixtures, having lost twice, and drawn once
Danger for Geordie Boss Steve Bruce
The Newcastle fans are also up in arms and not happy with manager Steve Bruce. There is a bad feeling all around St James Park, and at the moment, everything manager Bruce does seems to go wrong.
On paper, this looks like being an absolute mauling. Newcastle is stuck, while Manchester is flying.
Prodigal Son Returning to Old Trafford
The Red Devils are playing at home. Their prodigal son Ronaldo is returning. What can go wrong?
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2021
The script has already been written. Ronaldo will score. Manchester United will win by plenty. And the Newcastle fans will be calling for the sacking of Steve Bruce after the match.
Despite all that, I wouldn’t touch Manchester on the Moneyline at odds of just -588.2 with Bovada. Not a chance.
If you want to place a money bet on Manchester, look at the soccer betting handicap markets. At -1 start, Manchester is -175.4. While at -2, the Red Devils are +160.
So far this season, Manchester United has only played at home once. That was against Leeds United, who can’t defend, and Manchester ran out 5-1 winners.
With little home form to go on, I’m not going to place any bets on the handicap market. I’m instead looking at the individual player’s betting lines.
Ronaldo To Score Betting
So now let us look at the Moneylines on Ronaldo to score in the match.
To score anytime, Cristiano is -227.3. For the Portuguese to score first, he is +200, and he is the same betting odds to get the last goal.
If you think Ronaldo will cap his return to Manchester with a hat-trick, that is +700. All odds with BetUS.
For me, I’m going to play safely on this one. I think Ronaldo will score, but I don’t know which goal he will get, so my betting pick is for Ronaldo to score anytime.
Other Manchester players who might be worth looking at are Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood.
Although Lingard hasn’t been getting game minutes with Manchester, he has just come off the back of a successful international break with England.
Lingard featured in some of England’s matches, scoring twice against Andorra. If Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to rotate his squad for this match, Lingard may get a chance.
If Lingard plays, he might be worth a small wager using one of our recommended betting bonus offers.
Lingard is +110 to score anytime and +400 to score first.
The next player worth a small outlay on is Mason Greenwood. So far this season, Greenwood has found the net in all three of United’s fixtures.
He is a red-hot goalscorer in top form. Against opponents likely to give up a lot of chances, I would expect Greenwood to score more often than not.
The Manchester United youngster is -110 to score anytime in the match. While to score first, he is +350.
At odds of -110, Mason Greenwood to score anytime is my second betting pick.
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