Newcastle can continue their brilliant form by beating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League
Newcastle can continue to dominate their Champions League group.
First they made the long trek to Milan and returned from the San Siro with a deserved point, then they absolutely battered Paris Saint-Germain at St James’ Park.
Now Newcastle can take a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by beating Borussia Dortmund on Tyneside, cementing their position as the best team in this season’s Group of Death.
The Magpies have never lost to German opposition when playing in this competition while Dortmund have a poor record against English clubs in Europe, losing on their last six visits to these shores.
What’s more, Newcastle are fresh from a 4-0 romp against Crystal Palace and have scored four or more goals on four occasions this term, including the 8-0 crushing of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Dortmund have only lost once this season, a 2-0 defeat at PSG before drawing at home with Milan, and are fourth in the Bundesliga just two points behind leaders Bayern Leverkusen.
Former West Ham striker Sebastian Haller could lead their attack as he has scored 11 times in ten Champions League appearances but, whichever way you dice it, Newcastle are worthy favourites to win this match at 13/20 with William Hill and Betfair.
Swedish striker Alexander Isak was on the bench against the Eagles but is expected to start and is 4/1 to open the scoring while midfielder Sean Longstaff has found the net against the Blades, PSG and Palace and is worth a punt at 7/1 with Sky Bet to add to his tally.
Manchester City are capable of winning by a whopping margin on any given matchday but may find Young Boys’ plastic pitch a bit of a leveller.
They will be happy to return from Switzerland with three points and no injuries ahead of their derby with Manchester United on Sunday so a 2-0 victory looks the most likely outcome at 11/2 with Coral while Julian Alvarez is 9/2 to hit the first goal and 13/10 to score at any time, both with bet365.
Celtic will be up against it despite their excellent domestic form when Atletico Madrid breeze into Glasgow. The Spaniards are 19/20 to win with bet365 and Antoine Griezmann, fresh from a hat-trick at Celta Vigo on Saturday, is 5/1 with Hills to get the first goal and 7/4 with bet365 to score at any time.
• England’s Cricket match with Sri Lanka is difficult to call with both sides as bad as each other and occupying the bottom two berths in the table. Sri Lanka are the better value at 5/2 with BetUK and Unibet while Dawid Malan is 7/2 with Unibet and BetUK to be England’s top batter.
• Ipswich, Plymouth, Coventry and Leeds form Wednesday’s Football League yankee.