Newcastle United and AC Milan are set for a pivotal Champions League showdown at St James’ Park, with both teams fighting for progression to the knockout stages from Group F.
Newcastle United’s recent clash with Paris Saint-Germain ended in controversy when a late penalty denied them a historic victory.
Despite this setback, they retain a crucial head-to-head advantage over PSG, keeping their hopes alive for a knockout berth. While Newcastle faces significant injury woes, their home form remains robust, having won eight of their last nine games at St James’ Park.
On the other hand, AC Milan’s aspirations of advancing hinge on securing a win against Newcastle and hoping for a Borussia Dortmund victory over PSG.
The Rossoneri arrive at this crucial fixture following a defeat to Atalanta and grapple with an injury-hit squad, particularly in defense, with only one fit central defender available.
Newcastle’s injury list remains extensive, but they received a boost with the returns of Callum Wilson and Sean Longstaff.
Wilson might not secure a starting spot ahead of Alexander Isak, but Longstaff could make a comeback to bolster the midfield.
AC Milan faces defensive concerns due to a series of injuries, necessitating makeshift solutions. Rafael Leao’s potential return might see Christian Pulisic relegated to the bench.
Newcastle United: (4-3-3)
Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Livramento;
Joelinton, Guimaraes, Longstaff;
Almiron, Isak, Gordon
AC Milan: (4-3-3)
Calabria, Tomori, Hernandez, Florenzi;
Loftus-Cheek, Reijnders, Musah;
Chukwueze, Giroud, Leao
Prediction: Newcastle United 3-2 AC Milan
Considering Newcastle’s formidable home form and AC Milan’s defensive vulnerabilities due to injuries, an entertaining and high-scoring contest is anticipated. Newcastle’s resilience at St James’ Park might give them a slight edge over a depleted Milan side in what promises to be an exciting encounter.