Newcastle Destroy PSG in the Last Game
Many weren’t sure what to expect when Newcastle hosted PSG in their first UCL home match for over 20 years. Newcastle silenced their doubters as they destroyed the Parisians, 4-1. Heading into the Champions League Matchday, the Magpies are on top of the “Group of Death”. In another blockbuster match, Newcastle host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday at St. James’ Park. We’ll see what the Magpies’ chances are to stay on top of Group F in our Newcastle vs Dortmund preview.
Newcastle vs Dortmund previews note that these teams have never faced off in European competition. The Magpies are 4-1-0 in five previous meetings with German clubs in UEFA-sanctioned matches. Meanwhile, Dortmund have won just one of their last 10 games vs. English clubs.
Newcastle Dominant at St. James’ Park
Following Newcastle’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, they’re unbeaten in their last eight games, in all competitions. Jacob Murphy started in place of Miguel Almiron on the right wing and put on a man of the match performance. He scored a goal and provided two assists in the rout. All three of Newcastle’s forwards Murphy, Callum Wilson, and Anthony Gordon got on the scoresheet.
Newcastle have gone unbeaten in their first two games on the Champions League schedule. They destroyed PSG 4-1 in their last UCL match and proved they’re a force to be reckoned with, especially at St. James’ Park. At home, they’ve won their last five matches, in all competitions, and have outscored their opponents 12-1 in the process. In their first UCL match, at AC Milan, Newcastle managed to pick up a draw. They’re currently in first place in the Group F UCL standings.
Eddie Howe’s side are comfortable absorbing pressure and not retaining too much of the ball. They’re deadly on the counter with a bunch of speedy players. Their midfielders: Bruno Guimarães, Joelinton, Sean Longstaff, and Sandro Tonali are also exceptional. Tonali is under investigation for alleged betting offenses but is eligible for selection in the meantime. Sven Botman is questionable for Wednesday’s match, while Harvey Barnes and Joe Willock are out.
Dortmund Without UCL Goal So Far
Borussia Dortmund got a fifth straight Bundesliga win on Friday as they took down Werder Bremen 1-0. Julian Brandt scored the game’s only goal with a coolly taken chip. Brandt has been a standout for Dortmund this season, with a goal contribution in each of his last seven Bundesliga appearances. BVB have scored in each of their Bundesliga matches this season but still don’t have a Champions League goal.
The soccer lines priced Dortmund as +145 home favorites for their last UCL match vs. AC Milan. However, the match finished in a scoreless draw. In their opener, Dortmund lost 2-0 on the road to PSG. Despite the lack of goals in big games, Dortmund does have dangerous attacking players.
Niclas Fullkrug has established himself as Germany’s main striker. Meanwhile, captain and midfielder Marco Reus has plenty of UCL experience. Brandt has a goal contribution in each of his last seven Bundesliga appearances. Brandt and Donyell Malen are two other potential starters, while Edin Terzic can bring Sebastien Haller, Gio Reyna, and Karim Adeyemi off the bench. Currently, Thomas Meunier and Youssoufa Moukoko are injured.
Match Analysis & Odds
Our Newcastle vs Dortmund preview notes that the Magpies have scored the most goals in the Premier League through nine matches. Newcastle have also averaged two goals per game through two UCL matches. Currently, the hosts are -155 favorites heading into Wednesday’s match. Dortmund are +390 underdogs and they’ve struggled heavily vs. English opposition in recent years.
Bettors can take Newcastle -0.5, -1 at -120 odds, and Dortmund +0.5, +1 comes in at even odds. A draw is priced at +320 odds but Dortmund needs to start picking up wins to contend for the knockout stage. Newcastle’s over 1.5 goals shows -145 odds as the Magpies are firing on all cylinders at home. The atmosphere at St. James’ Park should be electric once again and it’s one of the hardest places for opponents to play in Europe.
Over 2.5, 3 goals display -115 odds and it’s certainly not a bad bet. There should undoubtedly be opportunities for both sides here but it won’t necessarily be easy for Dortmund to break Newcastle down.