Newcastle United host AC Milan for a momentous UEFA Champions League occasion on Wednesday night.
The match is important to both sides as they seek to reach the knockout rounds with the group still open to both. The Magpies currently have the edge over the Rossoneri on goal difference, but both sides still need results elsewhere to go their way if they are to dine at Europe’s top table that little bit longer.
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Both sides have only met once in the reverse fixture which ended in a scoreless draw.
Newcastle received a major double injury boost, as both Callum Wilson and Sean Longstaff were able to make appearances off the bench in their last game following their respective layoffs. An abundance of injured players are still absent alongside banned ex-Rossoneri midfielder Sandro Tonali, though, including Nick Pope (shoulder), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Dan Burn (back), Elliot Anderson (back), Harvey Barnes (foot), Sven Botman (knee), Joe Willock (calf), Matt Targett (thigh) and Javi Manquillo (groin).
Milan will be without Malick Thiaw (hamstring) and Pierre Kalulu (tendon), both of whom are expected to remain out until 2024. The absences of Marco Pellegrino (heel) and Simon Kjaer (muscle) have left Fikayo Tomori as Milan’s only fit central defender, so Theo Hernandez should provide emergency cover once again, as Alessandro Florenzi takes the Frenchman’s place at left-back.
Newcastle United XI: Dubravka; Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Livramento; Joelinton, Guimaraes, Longstaff; Almiron, Isak, Gordon
AC Milan XI: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Hernandez, Florenzi; Loftus-Cheek, Reijnders, Musah; Chukwueze, Giroud, Leao
Neither Newcastle nor AC Milan are playing well, so it is hard to trust any of them. Still, both teams are scoring almost regularly, so both teams to score – yes should be the best betting option for this tie.
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