Newcastle’s Shutout Streak Continues
In one of the most anticipated matchups of the Champions League group stage, Newcastle host PSG at the iconic St. James’ Park on Wednesday. The atmosphere in England’s northeast should be rocking on Wednesday as the Magpies host their first Champions League match for over 20 years. Both teams are on shutout streaks heading into this match. Newcastle’s is currently at five matches, while PSG haven’t conceded in three games. We’ll see if that’s likely to change as we take a look at the Newcastle vs PSG odds.
This is the first-ever match between Newcastle and PSG on the Champions League schedule. In fact, the two sides have never previously met in any UEFA competition.
Newcastle Injury Crisis Strikes
Newcastle picked up a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday at St. James’ Park. Miguel Almiron opened up the scoring for Newcastle on a sublime left-footed strike from outside of the box.
Newcastle had their fair share of chances in the match and their second goal came on a penalty that Alexander Isak converted. The shutout marked their fifth straight, in all competitions. Betting on Newcastle’s soccer lines over the last few games has been an excellent idea.
Since their three-game Premier League losing streak, the Magpies have won three straight in the league. They also built confidence by picking up a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the EFL Cup last Wednesday. Newcastle are a very difficult team to break down, especially at St. James’ Park. Eddie Howe will undoubtedly have his side well-organized for Wednesday’s match.
Unfortunately, some of Newcastle’s key players have injury issues heading into this match. Defender Sven Botman is unlikely to play before the October international break with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Joelinton and Callum Wilson are both doubts for Wednesday’s match.
Left winger Harvey Barnes is out for at least the next month and midfielder Joe Willock is questionable. Even with all of the injury issues, the Newcastle vs PSG odds do price the hosts as +155 favorites.
PSG Fail to Find Breakthrough vs Clermont
Paris Saint-Germain also managed to shut out their opponents, Clermont Foot, on Saturday. However, PSG couldn’t find a breakthrough and the match finished all square. That certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying, as PSG put 10 shots on target and Clermont keeper Mory Diaw played out of his mind.
The Parisians’ start to the Ligue 1 season under new coach Luis Enrique has been disappointing, as they enter Matchday 8 in fifth place with a 3-3-1 record.
Currently, PSG are on top of the Group F UCL standings as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in their opener. Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi got on the scoresheet in that match, which kicked off PSG’s current three-game shutout streak. Although the Parisians failed to score over the weekend, they have an explosive offense.
Mbappe has already scored seven times in Ligue 1 this season and Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani and Goncalo Ramos are all excellent options to have.
Forward Marco Asensio is out with an injury for the match, along with defender Nuno Mendes. Still, PSG can certainly take advantage of some mismatches on Wednesday. PSG are unbeaten in their last eight group stage games in the Champions League and are the favorites to win their group this time around.
Match Analysis & Odds
The current Newcastle vs PSG odds imply this match could be a close one. In this pick’em, Newcastle pk comes in at -120 odds, while PSG pk displays even odds. With no head-to-head history to inform betting decisions here, punters should understand the respective styles of play from both sides.
Newcastle will look to limit PSG’s opportunities in transition and slow the game down defensively, which could mean long spells of possession for PSG.
Luis Enrique wants his team to hold on to the ball and choose their spot but PSG’s personnel certainly suits a more counter-attacking style. Of course, Kylian Mbappe is capable of creating something out of nothing but his PSG are +165 moneyline underdogs for this one. Newcastle, who haven’t conceded in 470 minutes of play, are +155 favorites here.
A second straight draw for Newcastle to open up their UCL campaign is priced at +265 odds. The Magpies rarely lose at home and the atmosphere at St. James’ Park figures to be electric for Newcastle’s first home Champions league match in over two decades. In what could be a defensive battle, under three goals show -137 odds.