Rob Eddy picks out his three best bets for the Magpies' Champions League group stage match against Borussia Dortmund.
Newcastle are unbeaten in their first two Champions League Group F games after drawing 0-0 with AC Milan before they then memorably hammered Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 at home.
The Magpies are expected to maintain their fine form by seeing off Dortmund as they eye another big European scalp at St James’ Park.
Magpies can prevail in entertaining contest
After last season’s fourth-place finish in the Premier League, hopes were high Newcastle could again compete towards the top of the table while enjoying their first Champions League group campaign in 20 years.
After three defeats in their first four league games, there were initial concerns that Eddie Howe’s side would fail to live up to expectations but they have recovered superbly from those early setbacks and, after Saturday’s 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace, they are up to sixth and on an unbeaten run of eight matches in all competitions, winning six.
In Europe they started with a solid goalless draw at Milan before blowing PSG away at St James’ Park and it could be another special night on Tyneside against BVB.
Howe’s men have hit 29 goals in 12 outings all told so far and have only failed to score in two matches – a 1-0 league defeat at Manchester City and that opening Champions League game at the San Siro.
Dortmund will be expecting another action-packed attacking display from the hosts and they may struggle to contain the Magpies, although the visitors should be confident of at least getting on the scoresheet.
Edin Terzic’s side have won four of their last five games in all competitions and sit fourth in the Bundesliga, just two points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
After losing 2-0 to PSG and then holding Milan to a goalless draw at home on matchday two, the German giants are in real need of a victory so they should play their part in what is set to be an entertaining evening, even if it seems likely to end in defeat.
Almiron after another big Champions League goal
Miguel Almiron got the ball rolling against PSG with the first goal of the night at a rocking St James’ Park and the Paraguay international looks to be a good option in the anytime scorer market against Dortmund.
Almiron has three goals already this season after also notching against Sheffield United and Burnley in the league and he is tipped to cause the visitors’ backline plenty of problems with his energy, skill and direct running from midfield.
The 29-year-old was among the subs in the 4-0 win over Palace at the weekend, only coming on for the final 20 minutes to suggest he was being held back for this big European clash, when he should be fresh and raring to go
More goals for home fans to celebrate
Newcastle have generally enjoyed themselves at St James’ Park this season, winning six of their seven home games in all competitions with their only home blemish being a late 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at the end of August in the league.
In their last four home games they have beaten Manchester City 1-0 in the EFL Cup, Burnley 2-0 in the league, PSG 4-1 in the Champions League and then Palace 4-0 at the weekend when back in Premier League action.
Howe’s men also hammered Aston Villa 5-1 at home on the opening weekend of the season and put eight past Sheffield United at Bramall Lane so they have no problems with their output in the final third.
Scoring at least three against Dortmund will likely see them record a second victory in the group to leave them ideally placed to qualify and it could be another night to remember in Europe’s premier club competition for the in-form Magpies.