Milan take on the visitors Newcastle in the round 1 match of UEFA Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 19th at
Milan underwent significant changes over the summer. The Red and Blacks won't be able to count the previous season as a success. They struggled notably on their home ground. While not many were thinking about defending the Scudetto, they managed to secure fourth place, thanks in part to Juventus' punishment – without the -10 point deduction, Juventus would have been higher, and Milan would have missed out on the Champions League. It was in the Champions League that they had a reasonably good season in 2022/2023, reaching the semifinals, where they were defeated by Inter Milan. They had previously lost 0-3 to Inter in the Supercup. However, Stefano Pioli remained in charge, and the management decided to refresh the squad. Overall, the season started well, with the exception of a 1-5 loss to Inter. Now, it's time to prove themselves on the international stage.
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Newcastle are finally back in the main European competition. The Magpies haven't reached this level for a full two decades. They not only failed to compete in the Champions League but were even relegated from the Premier League. However, their current project, backed by Saudi Arabian financing, which is limited only by financial fair play rules, and the coaching talents of Eddie Howe, is seen as capable of challenging one of the traditional top 6 English football clubs or even becoming the seventh. This combination allowed them to stay in the top four throughout the previous season and finish fourth in the Premier League. Currently, however, the black and whites lack stability at the start of the season.
Newcastle, despite its popularity and even cult status, hasn't played in European competitions very often. So, it's not surprising that they are visiting the San Siro for the first time. The Italians are more experienced and have the home advantage. Therefore, we expect them to win with a 0 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Milan to win with 0.0 handicap.