AC Milan and Newcastle face off Wednesday in Champions League action with a spot in the knockout round on the line, provided both sides can get some help from Borussia Dortmund. AC Milan can only advance if they beat Newcastle and Dortmund defeats Paris Saint-Germain, while Newcastle can advance if they win and Dortmund wins or draws. A draw between AC Milan and Newcastle would eliminate both sides regardless of what Dortmund does against PSG.
Here’s what you need to know for the match, with odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
AC Milan v. Newcastle
Date: Wednesday, December 13
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV channel: N/A
AC Milan: +270
Moneyline pick: Draw +285
These sides played to a 0-0 draw at San Siro on Matchday 1, and will complete the group stage at St. James Park Wednesday. Newcastle come into this match hurting from a 3-0 loss to Everton last Thursday and a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Sunday. Joe Willock is expected to miss this clash, while Callum Wilson is considered a 50-50 proposition. Harvey Barnes and Anthony Gordon are also names to watch out for. Sean Longstaff and Martin Dubravka might be considered question marks but are expected to suit up.
AC Milan have their own injury issues. Malick Thiaw, Pierre Kalulu, Marco Pellegrino, Simon Kjaer, Noah Okafor and Marco Sportiello are all doubtful to play in this game, which means plenty of opportunity for replacement players. AC Milan come into this game after a heartbreaking loss Saturday against Atlanta. Milan went down to 10 men in the 93rd minute, and Luis Muriel fired a winner for Atalanta in the 95th minute.
Both sides are riddled with injuries, and both have a potential round of 16 berth to play for. I expect a hard-fought contest which ends in a draw, eliminating both sides from knockout contention.