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Saint James Park welcomes the Champions League on Wednesday night, marking its return after twenty years. Newcastle and PSG face off for the first time in the competition, setting the stage for a captivating match.
The Magpies kicked off their UCL 2023/24 journey with a gritty 0-0 draw against AC Milan and increased their chances for success in the deadly Group F. Despite Newcastle’s sluggish start to the season, they head into this encounter in good form, winning their last three matches without conceding.
During game week one, Parisians edged out Dortmund 2-0 with goals from Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi. PSG will be keen to improve their chances for qualification heading into this fixture. While they hold the Ligue 1 championship title, their recent league performance leaves room for improvement. They find themselves in 5th position after drawing with Clermont this past weekend.
|ℹ️ Tournament:||UEFA Champions League 2023/24, Group F, Matchday 2|
|🏟️ Venue:||St. James’ Park, Newcastle, England|
|🗓️ Date:||4 October 2023|
|⏰ Time:||8 p.m. GMT on Wednesday|
Bookmakers in Europe rated this match close to call, offering to-win odds of 2.55 (6/4) to Newcastle and 2.62 (13/8) to PSG. Champions League odds for a draw are available at 3.60 (13/5).
Newcastle rounded off September with a flourish, securing three back-to-back wins. Notably, they ousted the reigning UCL champions, Manchester City, from the EFL Cup with a 1-0 triumph. Their most recent success was a 2-0 victory over Burnley, featuring goals from Isak and Almiron. With the Champions League returning to Saint James Park, the Magpies will be intent on securing a win.
PSG is adjusting to life without football stars Lionel Messi and Neymar under their new coach, Luis Enrique. They have clinched just four wins across all competitions, with their most recent game ending in a draw against Clermont. The Parisens haphazard performances form the basis for our Newcastle United vs Paris Saint Germain betting tips.
Neither side has faced the other in any previous competition. Both will be keen on a win to boost prospects of advancing to the UEFA Champions League’s round of 16.
Now let’s dive into the main part of this text – our Newcastle United vs Paris Saint Germain predictions.
Newcastle’s defense has been notably tight this season, keeping clean sheets in their last five matches. Despite their formidable attack comprising Mbappe, Dembele, and Kolo Muani, PSG struggled to score in their recent outing. Given Newcastle’s track record – they had the third-highest number of clean sheets in the EPL last season – PSG might find piercing through their defense a tough challenge.
Newcastle must be decisive in front of goal score against the 2020 finalists but can be too attentive to avoid counter-attacks. Despite live football odds saying that both teams should find the net, we think that it can be another tight game with minimum chances and can lack goals.
Newcastle’s season kick-off didn’t mirror their stellar finish last year, but they’re riding a high with a five-match unbeaten streak, boasting four wins and a draw. The match promises to be a closely fought encounter. Yet, with their defensive strength combined with the attacking prowess of Almiron, Gordon, and Isak, the Magpies have the edge. Scoring 11 goals across their last three victories, they’re well-positioned to clinch a win at St James’ Park.
Alexander Isak leads the attack for Newcastle and has scored three consecutive goals in his last three appearances for the club. Given Kieran Trippier’s recent form and all other partners looking for Isak at the frontline, the Swedish striker could be on the score sheet again. Bookmakers have set the odds at 2.62 (13/8) for Isak to net his debut UCL goal for The Magpies.
Callum Wilson missed Newcastle’s last two games and will be absent again. Joelinton, who had to leave the field during the Burnley match, remains a questionable inclusion. Joe Willock, Harvey Barnes, and Sven Botman are also unavailable for the game.
Nuno Mendes is ruled out for PSG’s fixtures until 2024 following surgery for a hamstring issue. Marco Asensio, Presnel Kimpembe, and Keylor Navas will also be unavailable.
Considering Newcastle’s defensive record and latest wins, they have a good shot at holding off PSG. We expect the Magpies to win this tie. Regardless of this match’s result, our UCL Group Stage predictions still favor PSG to advance to the round of 16. Enjoy the game on live stream and win with our Newcastle vs PSG betting tips by placing a bet on any online bets.