Newcastle know a win can secure them a place in the knock out stages of the Champions League which will be a massive achievement by Eddie Howe and the team.
In the Premier League, Newcastle have suffered back to back heavy away defeats as their depleted squad has had to play Champions League and Premier League football for the first time.
Thee big injury is in goal where Nick Pope has been a massive loss for The Toon and they will have to protect their Goal Keeper and give him little to do tonight.
It promises to be a very close game with little in it as the reverse fixtures as a goalless draw and with everything on the line, Newcastl can’t go for the kill early in, it may well be a ptaient approach to the game by Eddie Howe and when Newcasdtle can find the net, they can then manage the game well.
Newcastle have only one win in their Champions League group and this was a 4-1 home demolition of PSG. A draw in Milan and then a home and away loss to Dortmund means as we approach match day 6, Newcastle still have a chance.
Dortmund who started the group poorly have now come to life with three wins on the spin, which also include a 3-1 away win in Milan as well as back to back wins over Newcastle.
PSG, who were expected to romp the group have only 7 points so far and this has enabled Newcastle to have a chance to qualify if results go their way.
European Football can still be seen at St James’ Park from February next year as it’s possible that 3rd in the group can be in their grasp, but will Europa League football harm their Champions League ambitions for next season?
Newcastle do have fire power up front to score the vital goals to get them a win as Almiron, Gordon and Isak are all fit and Calum Wilson is also a player who could rise to the occasion.
But it’s defensively that Newcastle have been hit hard and they can’t afford to give Milan a sniff, otherwise it could be a long night.
The Geordie crowd must play a huge part to galvanize the team and them then a push they need to get back to winning ways.
|Newcastle United to win
|7/10 William Hill
|AC Milan to win
|Newcastle United to win to Nil
This promises to be a cagey game as Newcastle can’t afford to lose and may play a different type of game than in previous Champions League matches.
With Milan out of the competition, Newcastle have to be smart and not go gung-ho and leave themselves open in defence.
Goals are likely to be hard to come by in this match, but Newcastle, with home advantage may just have enough.
So, our Punters.pub bet of the day is Newcastle to win to nil which is 9/4 with Bet365.