PSG vs Newcastle Prediction: Mbappe to strike early blow to Toon’s CL hopes?

 | November 27 | 

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It's officially crunch time in the Champions League for Newcastle, as the Premier League club know a defeat to PSG on Tuesday night (20:00) could send them crashing out of European football's most prestigious club competition at the first hurdle.

A 0-0 draw in Milan followed by a 4-1 win over PSG looked to have put the Magpies in the driving seat for a place in the last 16, but back-to-back defeats to Borussia Dortmund has put them bottom of Group F and in real danger of an early exit.

PSG's own attempts to qualify were dealt a big blow by AC Milan last time out, as they lost 2-1 to the Italian giants. However, they have won both of their games at the Parc des Princes so far, scoring five and keeping two clean sheets.

PSG vs Newcastle Betting Tips:

  • Both teams to score @ 4/6
  • Kylian Mbappe to score first @ 5/2 (odds doubled if he scores a second and trebled if he gets a third)

Team News

Newcastle have been beset by injuries over the last month or so, with up to 14 players in danger of missing the trip to France including the suspended Sandro Tonali.

Callum Wilson, Sven Botman, Joe Willock, Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff headline the list of names unlikely to feature on Tuesday, with none of that quintet making the matchday squad on the weekend. Alexander Isak did make his return from injury, however, and looks set to lead the line in the French capital.

PSG have injury concerns of their own, with captain Marquinhos substituted at half-time of Brazil's 1-0 defeat to Argentina last week, and the 29-year-old has been ruled out of this game.

17-year-old wonderkid Warren Zaire-Emery will also miss the match after picking up an injury on his first senior appearance for the French national team.

Match Odds

PSG are 8/13 to win and guarantee a finish above Newcastle, who are 4/1 to do the double over the French giants. The draw can be backed at 3/1.

There were five goals between these two last time and it's 7/2 for over 4.5 goals on Tuesday.

Both teams to score @ 4/6

The 4-1 thrashing of PSG at St. James' Park aside, Newcastle have really struggled at the top end of the pitch, failing to score in their other three group games. But with their qualification hopes likely over with a defeat - possibly even a draw - here, the Magpies are in desperate need of a goal, at the very least.

Saturday was a good warm-up for Eddie Howe's side as they rattled four past Chelsea, managed by former PSG player and head coach Mauricio Pochettino. They've scored in 14 of their 19 games across all competitions this season and are joint-second top scorers in the Premier League, so they certainly know how to find the back of the net.

Isak's goalscoring return on Saturday after five games out injured should instil further confidence.

PSG were no strangers to goals themselves on the weekend, as they beat Monaco 5-2 on Friday night through five different goalscorers. Luis Enrique's side have scored in 15 of their 17 games this season, with BTTS winning in nine (Newcastle - seven).

A win for PSG on Tuesday could be enough to secure qualification if Dortmund beat Milan at the same time, so the Parisians are unlikely to sit back and hold out for a draw, not that it's particularly in their or Enrique's nature anyway.

That should lead to an end-to-end encounter and both teams getting on the scoresheet, as they did in the reverse fixture in September.

Kylian Mbappe to score first @ 5/2 (odds doubled if he scores a second and trebled if he gets a third)

The World Cup winner failed to strike on Tyneside but with Betfred offering a boost on the first goalscorer market in Tuesday's game, the 24-year-old looks like the prime candidate.

The 'Double Delight & Hat-trick Heaven' boost means that, if the first goalscorer in Paris gets a second, Betfred will double the first goalscorer odds, and treble them if they get a third.

Mbappe has scored the first goal of the game in six of PSG's 17 games this season, including twice in the Champions League. He's proven himself to be the man for the big occasion - both domestically and internationally - for several years now, so not much more needs to be said about his capabilities.

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