The Champions League group stages begin on Tuesday 19th September and Newcastle United return to the competition after over a decade without experiencing the best european competition.
Newcastle United have been hit with the toughest of draws and appear in what is the ‘Group of death’ with AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and PSG. They open up with an away game at AC Milan, one of the grats in European football.
AC Milan have been regulars in the Champions League and have a very experienced striker in Olivier Giroud who will enjoy playing against an English side as he thrives on the physical game that Newcastle will possess.
Newcastle have had a mixed start to their season with a cruel home loss to Liverpool and also a 1-0 away defeat to Manchester City. Eddie Howe’s men were unfortunate not to come away with a point against the Champions, but the final ball on a number of occasions was not where it should have been, which enabled Man City to hold onto their lead.
For AC Milan, they have started the season really well with 3 wins in a row, 8 goals scored and only 2 conceded. Giroud has 4 goals and Pulisic has 2 goals, so the Milan side are full of confidence and will be looking to ensure they win all their home games in the group stage, so they are in prime position to qualify.
Defensively, AC Milan are a strong force with Tomori and Thaiw at centre back and with Hernandez at full back and Miagnan in goal, there is a lot of strength in the side and they are a typical italian side who will fight for each other and then when it comes to the offensive side of the game, the flair players will look to shine.
It will be a huge game for Newcastle and a whirlwind start to their Champions League campaign so they will have to be switched on from the off, otherwise it could be a very long night it what can be an intimate place to play.
Key players for Newcastle will be the experienced Trippier and Wilson and the English lads will look to ensure their side compete well in the game and look to defend well and take any chances they get.
Newcastle have flair players in Almiron and Izak who can cause AC Milan problems and with Guimares in the middle of the park, he can thrive in this game and look to stamp his authority on the game. Tonali will also enjoy being in this type of amphitheater and the away fans will be getting right behind their side.
|AC Milan to win||29/20 Betfair|
|Draw||11/2 888 Sport|
|Newcastle to win||7/4 Bet365|
Newcastle United return to the Champions League and their opening group game couldn’t really get any tougher. AC Milan are an experienced European giant and in excellent form with three wins in a row at the start of the season and with Giroud in form, it’s going to be a tough night for Newcastle.
Therefore, our Punters.pub bet of the day is AC Milan to beat Newcastle at 29/20 with Betfair.