Magpies Head to Germany
Newcastle United head into Tuesday’s Champions League match at Borussia Dortmund having kept four clean sheets in their last five matches. Eddie Howe’s Magpies are confident following wins over Manchester United and Arsenal in the past week. Meanwhile, Dortmund is coming off a 4-0 loss to rivals Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker. This is a must-win for both sides, who are level on four points for second place in Group F. Ahead of Tuesday’s match, let’s take a look at the Dortmund vs Newcastle lines and odds.
Dortmund and Newcastle’s first-ever meeting was a couple of weeks ago at St. James’ Park in Newcastle. Both goalkeepers had excellent matches but Gregor Kobel managed to keep a clean sheet for Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund’s Felix Nmecha scored the game’s only goal just before halftime, which was his first goal for the club. The Dortmund vs Newcastle lines priced the visitors as +390 underdogs but BVB managed to come away with a win.
Der Klassiker Disappointment for Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund went into last weekend unbeaten in the Bundesliga but had a match vs. bitter rivals Bayern Munich on the schedule. In the first meeting of Der Klassiker of the season, Bayern outclassed Dortmund. Soccer betting on the Bavarians was a good idea, as Bayern Munich came away with a 4-0 win. Dortmund put just one shot on target and conceded a hat trick to Bayern’s Harry Kane.
The loss ended Borussia Dortmund’s eight-game unbeaten run, in all competitions. Like Saturday’s game, Tuesday’s is a crucial one. Three points could go a long way toward getting Dortmund to the knockout stage. They were in last place in the Group F Champions League standings prior to the 1-0 road win over Newcastle a few weeks ago. Now, they’re in the thick of the knockout stage race but are still two points behind first-placed PSG.
Concerningly, Dortmund have conceded seven goals in their last two Bundesliga games heading into UCL Matchday 4. That could force Edin Terzic to change up the Nico Schlotterbeck and Mats Hummels center-back partnership. After all, he does have former Bayern center-back Niklas Sule to call on. Julian Brandt, Donyell Malen, and Marco Reus have been standouts for Dortmund further up the pitch but they were all kept quiet vs. Bayern Munich.
Newcastle Grab Win in Controversial Circumstances
Newcastle and Arsenal played in an incredibly fiery match on Saturday. Both Arsenal’s Kai Havertz and Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes could have been sent off in the first half alone. In what was a dogfight, neither team was at their best. Newcastle did find an incredibly controversial breakthrough in the 64th minute through Anthony Gordon. A lengthy VAR check, which looked at the ball potentially going out of bounds, a foul on an Arsenal player, and an offside, couldn’t find conclusive evidence to overturn any of them.
Perhaps lucky to come away with all three points, the Newcastle United standings show that the Magpies are in sixth place in the Premier League and in third place in Champions League Group F. A win on Tuesday would see Newcastle go above Dortmund in the standings, at the very least.
Newcastle did create chances in their last matchup vs. Borussia Dortmund and were a bit unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet. Eddie Howe does have a lot of injuries to contend with here as well as all of Sven Botman, Alexander Isak, and Harvey Barnes are set to miss out. Regardless, Newcastle have conceded just three goals in their last five matches, in all competitions.
Match Analysis & Odds
The Borussia Dortmund vs Newcastle lines are certainly intriguing. Dortmund are +160 underdogs despite playing at home on Tuesday. They’ve made the knockout stage in four of their last five UCL appearances but things would get complicated should they lose. Visitors Newcastle are +155 favorites for this one and Eddie Howe’s side is in good form, especially defensively.
Bettors can take both Dortmund pk and Newcastle pk at -110 odds for what could be Tuesday’s most competitive match. A draw sits at +265 odds and neither team would be too upset with coming away with a point. Newcastle like to make things physical and if they can get Dortmund into a dogfight, anything is possible.
Still, with quality players like Gordon, Callum Wilson, and Miguel Almiron up front, Newcastle could pose some danger. Dortmund has been a bit inconsistent in the Champions League and has only scored one goal through three games. Here, both over and under 2.5, 3 goals show -110 odds.