Adrian Mills picks out his three best bets for Newcastle's Champions League group stage match against the French champions.
Newcastle are bottom of an ultra-competitive Champions League Group F with two games to go, but they still have a chance to make it through to the knockout phase.
To do so, they need to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Tuesday and a 4-1 win over the Ligue 1 champions on Tyneside at the beginning of last month will give them confidence.
However, PSG have recovered well from that defeat, at least domestically, and cannot take their foot off the gas following a 2-1 defeat last time out to AC Milan.
French champions could take some stopping
Newcastle are unlikely to sit back as a win will be essential for their hopes of making it through to the last 16 from what has been the most competitive group in this season’s Champions League.
However, a long list of injury problems has hit Eddie Howe’s team hard and they head to the French capital to take on an outfit at the top of their game.
PSA have won seven of their eight matches since they were beaten at St James’ Park and that defeat came in the Champions League at Milan, where Luis Enrique’s side lost despite hitting the woodwork twice.
That is also the only game in that period where PSG have not netted at least three times and, while Newcastle played well to beat Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday, this looks a much tougher task, so it could be worth backing the home side to win with more than two goals in the game.
Dembele can play a prominent role
Any team facing Paris Saint-Germain will know they have to give special attention to Kylian Mbappe, but former Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele could make a telling contribution against the Magpies.
He has provided a total of four assists in his nine Ligue 1 appearances this term and seems likely to get into attacking areas, having scored in Friday’s 5-2 win over Monaco and also had an average of three goal efforts per game during PSG’s Champions League matches this term.
His prominence in the final third means there is a decent chance he can provide one of his team mates with a golden chance, so it is worth chancing Dembele to set up a goal.
Expect Schar to try his luck
Newcastle will not go through if they adopt a shy approach on Tuesday and that could see defender Fabian Schar get involved in the opposite penalty area.
The Swiss star has had ten efforts at goal in the Premier League this season and has registered a shot in each of his last five appearances for the Magpies.
He scored in last month’s win over PSG and could provide a threat again.