Hughes faces a tough managerial debut in charge of the Hoops when he takes his new team to Tyneside, with the Welshman having an 18-game plan to get Rangers away from trouble and odds of 4/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) are available about the visitors claiming their first Premier League victory for nine matches.
The new manager factor cannot be dismissed, even if captain Joey Barton is suspended after a recent red card, with Hughes likely to consider a draw against the Magpies as a positive result ahead of a home match against Wigan. Paddy Power (£100 free betting) offer 5/2 that this game ends all square and the visitors could prove to be stubborn opponents.
Newcastle’s big problem is that they are missing Demba Ba after the striker waltzed off to the African Cup of Nations, although Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez helped United to a 2-1 FA Cup win against Blackburn and Leon Best has a chance to stake his claim in attack.
Even so, quite whether the Magpies are worth backing at odds of 4/5 is another matter and it could be worth taking a chance on Rangers at 11/4 on the Draw No Bet market considering that Newcastle have slipped up a couple of times at home this term.