Paris Saint-Germain vs Newcastle United recommended bets
Paris Saint-Germain vs Newcastle United match preview
It’s a crucial night for both sides in the Champions League, so who will take an enormous step towards the knockout stages?
Back in early-October, Newcastle United hammered PSG 4-1 in the reverse fixture, claiming, possibly, the most famous win of the club’s recent history.
Since then though, the Magpies have been unable to build on that, suffering back-to-back defeats in this competition, both times at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, 1-0 at St James’ and 2-0 in Germany.
The 2-0 loss at Westfalenstadion earlier this month actually saw Eddie Howe’s side sink to the bottom of Group F, and defeat in the French capital will see them eliminated from this competition.
Paris Saint-Germain meantime have been Jekyll and Hyde in the Champions League this season, impressively winning both home matches but losing both on the road.
Luis Enrique’s team have beaten Dortmund 2-0 and A.C. Milan 3-0 on their own turf, although they were beaten at San Siro last time out, despite taking an early lead through Milan Škriniar.
Nevertheless, another home win here would see les Rouges-et-Bleus reach the last 16 for a 12th successive season, unless Stadio Giuseppe Meazza witnesses a home win simultaneously, which’ll take it to the final day.
Domestically, les Parisiens are starting to hit top gear, smashing Monaco 5-2 on Friday night, a result that made it six victories on the spin.
Newcastle meantime will also be full of confidence, having hammered Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday, with Alexander Isak, Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton and Anthony Gordon all scoring on Tyneside.
The Toon Army are back up to seventh, having lost only one of their last nine in the Premier League.
Ahead of this one, the Magpies have only ever won one of seven visits to France, beating Sochaux in 2004, but losing to Bastia in 1977, Monaco in 1997, Marseille in 2004 and, most-recently, Bordeaux in 2012.
Thus, we’re backing PSG to be too strong at Parc des Princes.
Paris Saint-Germain team news
Defenders Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos and Nuno Mendes are all sidelined, while 17 year old Warren Zaïre-Emery picked up an injury during France’s 14-0 win over Gibraltar.
Due to the centre-back shortage, Lucas Hernández partnered Milan Škriniar on Friday, with Nordi Mukiele at full-back, while Danilo is the only other option to start in the middle.
At the other end of the field, Ousmane Dembélé bagged his first goal for the club against Monaco, while Kylian Mbappé took his tally to 16 for the campaign against his former club.
Gonçalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani were also on target in that 5-2 drubbing, with the Portuguese likely to lead the line alone, after Luis Enrique deployed a kamikaze 4-2-4 on Tyneside which sceptically backfired.
Newcastle United team news
The Toon Army are certainly depleted with Sven Botman, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Elliott Anderson, Sandro Tonali, Joe Willock, Jacob Murphy, Harvey Banes and Callum Wilson all unavailable.
To emphasis how stretched Eddie Howe’s team are right now, three of their nine substitutes at the weekend were goalkeepers, which must be some kind of record.
Lewis Hall can return at left-back, having been ineligible to face his parent club on Saturday, but 17 year old Lewis Miley is set to keep his place in midfield, after shinning against Chelsea.