Where: St. James’ Park, Newcastle, EnglandWhen: Tuesday, October 4, 9 pm CET
These two teams are among the wealthiest on earth, the only difference is that Newcastle recently received money from the Middle East, while PSG had been doing so for the past several years. Some would say it’s the battle between the new and the old giants, but we aren’t looking at it that way. These two units have the same goal, which would be to advance to the knockout stage, and to do that, they need to win here.
Newcastle vs. PSG Preview
A win over Sheffield United on the road, 0-8, is a huge swing for Eddie Howe’s boys, and we’ve seen that against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. The Magpies eliminated the champions, who, truth be told, didn’t play with its best lineup.
However, that won’t and can’t diminish that victory. Regardless of who plays, City is always one of the best teams in the world. The match in the cup was the fourth in a row in which Newcastle didn’t allow a goal.
That’s very important because the team’s foundation is the defense, which was one of the best in the league last season. They brought one point from Milan, following a goalless draw at San Siro.
Kylian Mbappe may not be happy in Paris, but he sure as hell isn’t showing anything negative. The French striker scored against Dortmund in a 2-0 win, along with Hakimi, and added a few more hits in the domestic championship.
Luis Enrique is slowly establishing his system, and right now, the Saints look much better than at the start of the preparation period. Neymar’s and Messi’s departure might be beneficial, but we’ll see that at the end of the year.
PSG has a more tactical approach in certain cases than before, but they didn’t lower the efficiency. Until the last weekend, they had five consecutive events with at least two goals scored.
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Newcastle and PSG Possible Lineups
Newcastle United: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Anderson; Almiron, Isak, Gordon
Paris Saint-Germain: Donnarumma; Marquinhos, Skriniar, Hernandez; Hakimi, Ugarte, Zaire-Emery, Barcola; Dembele, Kolo Muani, Mbappe
Newcastle vs. PSG Head to Head
Newcastle and PSG have never met in the past, and this will be their first official meeting.
Newcastle vs. PSG Predictions
Newcastle’s defense is slowly getting back in shape, though, we need to add that they weren’t properly tested in recent weeks. With Mbappe on the other side (yes, he will be ready for this contest), that’s a whole different dimension. We don’t expect too many goals in this event, two or three at most, because neither Howe nor Enrique will be keen to open.
Our verdict: 2 or 3 goals
Newcastle versus PSG Odds
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