Champions League: Newcastle vs AC Milan betting preview

Champions League: Newcastle vs AC Milan betting preview

The Champions League group stages officially conclude this week and in Group F, also known as the Group of Death, we have a massive affair on Wednesday between Newcastle United and AC Milan. The kick-off is scheduled for 3 PM EST at St. James’ Park. While the Magpies have suffered back-to-back defeats, they could still potentially qualify for the Round of 16 with a victory here while hoping Dortmund beats PSG. The Rossoneri meanwhile are already eliminated from contention. Below, we’ll dive into the preview and discuss the injury news for both sides.

Quick Take

  • Newcastle faces AC Milan on Wednesday in the UCL
  • The Magpies are a home favorite
  • Below, find the match preview

Busy schedule for Magpies

This is the time of the year when Premier League games are taking place both during the week and on the weekend. That means Newcastle are as busy as can be heading into matchday six and things aren’t exactly going in their favor. The Magpies just lost to Newcastle on Thursday and then Tottenham on Sunday, conceding seven times across the two matches while netting only once. Needless to say, Newcastle is not in good form.

Eddie Howe’s men are down in seventh in the English top flight but they’ve put together a respectable UCL campaign considering they were last in the competition 20 years ago. Newcastle has five points from five matches, compiling a 1-2-2 record. While it’s not fantastic, the Magpies still have the opportunity to progress with three points and results going their way elsewhere, as previously mentioned.

Newcastle is just 2-1-2 in their last five outings but the two wins were over Chelsea and Manchester United, which is certainly respectable. Even though Milan is already out of the competition, they will surely cherish the opportunity to play spoiler here. The Magpies must bring their best and head into this fixture as a -120 favorite at 888sport.

Milan doing well domestically

It’s been a solid campaign for Milan over in Serie A, going 9-2-4. With 29 points, that puts them in third place, and nine points on Inter Milan in top spot. That being said, Stefano Pioli’s group just suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat on Saturday to Atalanta. This match truly went back and forth with both sides exchanging blows but Luis Muriel got the last laugh in injury time with a 96th minute winner for the hosts.

When it comes to the Champions League, it’s been disappointing for the Rossoneri. They’ve posted a 1-2-2 record, which puts them at the bottom of the pod. Milan’s 2-1 victory over PSG on matchday three was just about the only bright spot. Considering this club was in the semifinals in 2022-23, this is very underwhelming. Wednesday is essentially a chance to finish on a high note, but don’t be surprised if the underdogs at soccer betting sites decide to rest some of their starters.

Injury news

Newcastle’s injury list is absolutely loaded, unfortunately. Nick Pope, Jacob Murphy, Dan Burn, Elliot Anderson, Harvey Barnes, Sven Botman, and several others are all on the shelf. Sandro Tonali is still serving a suspension for sports gambling, too. Milan are also dealing with their health problems. Noah Okafor, Marco Sportiello, Pierre Kalulu, and Malick Thiaw are hurt.