Newcastle United are returning to the Champions League after two decades and will start off away to AC Milan. This Group F match will be hosted at the iconic San Siro Stadium. The two sides are coming from contrasting results over the weekend. Milan’s perfect start to the season was cut short by arch rivals Inter Milan in humiliating fashion. They were thrashed 5-1 in the Derby della Madonnina. Rafael Leao scored in the second straight game but his goal couldn’t spark a Milan comeback. The heavy fall to their arch rivals should spur Milan to want to rise again here. Milan were semi finalists last season in the Champions League and will hope to do better this time. In their journey last season, they met two English teams. They fell home and away to Chelsea but eliminated Tottenham in the knockout stage. In terms of experience, Milan should be able to dominate this first meeting with Newcastle United.
Newcastle United have been to San Siro before, but met Milan’s archrivals, Inter. They are making a return to this stage since last playing in the competition in 2003. Ahead of this game, Newcastle labored to beat Brentford 1-0. A Callum Wilson penalty deep in the second half served the three points. Newcastle will want to build on that win, having lost each of the earlier three matches. After finding it tough against Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton earlier, they will know this is another tough outing. A first clean sheet of the season will give Newcastle Confidence going into this game. They will also want to extend their scoring form going into this game. The Magpies have only failed to score once in their last five matches.
Newcastle United are marking their return to the Champions League after 20 years out, facing one of the European giants. Their run of form in recent matches hasn’t been great. Milan are coming from a loss but apart from that they had a good run. Our prediction for AC Milan v Newcastle United is for AC Milan to win.