The UEFA Champions League is starting tomorrow with a very high-voltage match in the Group of Death. Italian giant AC Milan are set to host English club Newcastle United tomorrow at the historical San Siro. AC Milan had a decent season the previous year as they reached the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after ages.
The Rossoneri hopes to continue their good form this season. Meanwhile, Newcastle United have qualified for the UCL after a long 20 years. They are now ready to start their journey from a tough Group F, which is considered the Group of Death.
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AC Milan have started their mission in Serie A with three victories in a row. But Inter Milan thrashed the Rossoneri in the Milan Derby in their most recent game, where Inter defeated AC Milan by a massive 5-1 margin.
On the other hand, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United are not in their prime form as they were in the last season. They won only two of their five games so far in the English Premier League. However, Newcastle’s all three defeats came against top clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, and emerging Brighton. Anyway, they returned to the winning track as The Magpies defeated Brentford in their last game.
The surprising fact is AC Milan have never played against Newcastle United before. Tomorrow’s clash will be their first-ever meeting in competitive football. Apart from this, Newcastle United played four matches against Italian clubs away from home and failed to win any of them.
On the other hand, AC Milan’s records are also not good enough against English clubs. They have won only one of their last 11 meetings with English clubs, which came last season against Tottenham Hotspur.
AC Milan have no more injury concerns after the game against Inter Milan. But Ismael Bennacer and center-back Pierre Kalulu remain injured and need more time to recover. However, Fikayo Tomori is eligible to play tomorrow after his one-game suspension.
As for the Magpies, Sandro Tonali will face his former team for the first time since joining Newcastle United. But Eddie Howe will miss the service of Joe Willock and Emil Krafth due to an injury. Joelington is also out of the squad because of his knee injury.
The Possible Lineup for AC Milan:
Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Reijnders, Krunic, Loftus-Cheek; Chukwueze, Giroud, Leao
The Possible Lineup for Newcastle United:
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Tonali, Guimaraes; Gordon, Isak, Barnes
Our Prediction: AC Milan 2-1 Newcastle
AC Milan are one of the most successful teams in the history of the UEFA Champions League with seven titles. Meanwhile, it is Newcastle’s only third participation in this tournament, coming back after a long 20 years. So the chances are very high for AC Milan to win tomorrow’s game against Newcastle. Moreover, AC Milan will have tremendous support from the gallery of the historical San Siro.
AC Milan: 2.65