Newcastle vs PSG predictions: Toon can put on a Euro show
- Newcastle's last home Champions League game was in March 2003
- PSG beat Dortmund in Group opener, Newcastle drew at AC Milan
- Recommended bet: Newcastle to win and both teams to score
Newcastle have waited 20 years to stage a Champions League game so they will want to make it a night to remember when Paris Saint-Germain visit St James' Park.
The Magpies' much-heralded return to Europe's premier club competition got off to a slightly underwhelming start with a goalless draw at AC Milan on matchday one.
However, that is not a result to be sniffed at and it could be the perfect platform for Eddie Howe's side to now build on.
A recent timely upturn in form means they approach this meeting with PSG in good heart and the hosts can edge what should be an entertaining and passionate affair.
Harvey Barnes (ankle), Joe Willock (Achilles) and Sven Botman (knee) are all out of Wednesday's showdown for Newcastle.
Callum Wilson will have a late fitness test on a hamstring scare and Joelinton and is also a doubt with the knock he sustained against Burnley at the weekend.
Star forward Kylian Mbappe was reportedly carrying a minor ankle injury at the weekend in the 0-0 draw with Clermont but should be fit to start for the visitors.
Left-back Nuno Mendes has been ruled out for the rest of the year following hamstring surgery, while Marco Asensio (foot), Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles), and Sergio Rico (head) are all on PSG's long-term absentee list.
Newcastle have kept five clean sheets on the bounce, but PSG have also not conceded in their last three.
Both teams have scored 12 goals across their last five matches in all competitions.
While Newcastle earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw in Milan in their Group F opener, PSG beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at home, thanks to goals from Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi.
The two clubs have never met before in a competitive fixture.
St James' is bound to be bouncing for the visit of PSG, who boast world icon Mbappe among their ranks, as well as the likes of established stars Ousmane Dembele, Hakimi and Randal Kolo Muani.
Howe's side started the season brilliantly with a 5-1 demolition of Aston Villa and if they are in that sort of mood at home again, they will be difficult to stop.
Disappointing defeats to Liverpool and Brighton punctured the feel-good factor around the club somewhat early on, but they have since rediscovered their mojo — highlighted by the 8-0 away hammering of Sheffield United and the 1-0 home success over European champions Man City in the Carabao Cup.
These are the sort of nights Newcastle have been yearning for since their takeover was completed and they get the chance to prove they belong in exalted company. Back them to take it.
PSG will, of course, be no pushovers and their clear goal is to finally also prove they are truly part of the continental elite, a claim they have struggled to convince many of in recent years, despite all their riches.
The visitors are sure to play their part but Newcastle can come out on top to give their Group F qualification bid lift-off.
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