Newcastle United - Paris Saint Germain predictions and free betting tips [04/10/2023]
On Wednesday, the 4th of October, within the second round of the Champions League group stage, Newcastle United will host Paris SG at their home ground. A fortnight ago, Eddie Howe's proteges barely managed to hold a goalless draw against Milan, while the Parisians conquered Borussia Dortmund with a 2:0 scoreline.
Newcastle: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Burn; Longstaff, Tonali, Guimaraes; Almiron, Isak, Gordon.
Paris SG: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Skriniar, Hernandez; Vitinha, Ugarte, Zaire-Emery; Dembele, Kolo Muani, Mbappe.
The match is to be hosted in Newcastle at the St James' Park Stadium.
In the first leg of the Champions League group stage, Newcastle secured an important scoreless draw against Milan at San Siro. The Magpies didn't deserve more as they were defending the whole match. Nonetheless, it's crucial to remember that the hosts have just made it back to the Champions League and presumably felt the pressure throughout. The hosts looked noticeably better in their encounter against Sheffield days later, utterly dominating the Premier League match (0:8). Next, Eddie Howe's squad triumphed over Manchester City with a 1:0 score in the League Cup, followed by a 2:0 victory against Burnley in the championship, pushing the Magpies to 8th place in the Premier League. Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak's precise shots extended the team's unbeaten streak to five matches in all competitions. This year, Newcastle has suffered only five home defeats, three of which were against Liverpool.
Barnes, signed this summer from Leicester, was injured in the match against Sheffield and will miss this Champions League round. He's not the only one in the infirmary; central defender Sven Botman and midfielder Willock (3 goals, 6 assists last season), who hasn't played this season, are also out. Furthermore, Brazilian Joelinton (who re-injured himself after assisting in the match against City at the weekend) and outstanding Callum Wilson (4 goals in 6 matches) are both doubtful. In terms of others, it's crucial to underline Swedish forward Isak (10 goals last season), who has already scored 4 goals in the English league championship (he carried out the lone hit against the Citizens). Not to forget Bruno Guimaraes, who commands the centre of the field despite a sore ankle, and Paraguayan Almiron (11 goals in the previous Premier League season).
Paris SG kicked off their Champions League campaign successfully, overcoming Borussia Dortmund without much trouble (2:0). Next, they claimed a 4:0 victory over Marseille, who were in prime physical and mental form. It's evident that under the guidance of Spanish manager Luis Enrique, PSG is performing at a consistently high level since the beginning of the season. Nonetheless, the mediocre implementation that the Parisians have grappled with for several seasons persists. Driving their advantage over Clermont, who are at the bottom of Ligue 1, the capital's powerhouse failed to secure a win over the weekend (0:0). Following this draw, Paris SG remained in the fifth place in the national championship standings, trailing two points behind the leading Monaco.
Asensio (scored in the match against Lens but got injured during the international break), French central def Kimpembe (won't return until mid-November - early December), and Portuguese full-back Nuno Mendes all remain in the infirmary. Neither goalkeepers Letellier and Rico (recovering from a severe injury) nor Lee Kang-In (who left for international duty) will play on Wednesday for sure. Kylian Mbappe, Ligue 1's top scorer with 7 goals, along with new club recruit Randal Kolo Muani (transferred from Eintracht), will likely start. In the centre of the field, we should anticipate the fans' new favourite Ugarte. It's also worth noting the excellent kick-off to the season for Hakimi, who formed a solid connection with Ousmane Dembele on the right flank. The Morrocan scored against Borussia and also opened the score in the match against Marseille.
The teams have never faced each other in history.
Match forecast for Newcastle – Paris SG
In the Champions League's 2nd group stage round, we'll see the Magpies' capabilities for this European campaign. Despite a setback with Clermont last Saturday, under Spanish coach Luis Enrique, PSG remains a formidable force. The Parisian all-star attack, led by Mbappe, is coming to Newcastle. It remains to be seen whether the slow English defences can handle the reactive flanks of the adversary. My prediction is a victory for the visitors with a handicap of 0.
In their last three matches, both sides' games saw the "both to score - no" bet prevail. Accounting for the attacking quality and the match's tournament significance, I foresee the end of the above trend.
Both teams favour an attacking style of play and will foster an open game, allowing for at least 10 corners.
Yellow Cards Forecast
Newcastle will have to foul a great deal – there's no other way when facing an attack comprised of Mbappe, Dembele, and Kolo-Muani. I predict a victory in yellow cards for the home team.
I'll wager a 1:3 exact score in Paris SG's favour.