Newcastle United vs Borussia Dortmund preview
The 2023-24 Champions League will now move to a crucial phase, with the game week three scheduled to be played between October 24-25. One peculiar thing about game week three is that the same teams will play each other in the reverse fixture in the next game week. So, if PSG face AC Milan at home in gameweek three, they will travel to San Siro for game week four. Hence, game week three is the start of an essential phase for teams looking for qualification to the round of 16.
And one of the most pivotal clashes will be between Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United. In fact, Group F has been made in such a way that every game week will bring two top clashes. After two games, Newcastle United sit on top of the table courtesy of their brilliant 4-1 win over Paris Saint Germain two weeks back.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are bottom of the table with no win in their two outings. Their star in the tournament is in contrast with their league form, where they are fourth, only two points adrift of top-place Bayer Leverkusen.
Dortmund this season have been heavily reliant on Julian Brandt, who has been their creative force for the team. The German has provided four assists and created 26 chances, the second-most in the league.
However, form has eluded them so far in the Champions League, which is why this game against Newcastle is a perfect opportunity to mount some kind of comeback.
Meanwhile, Eddie Howe’s men are on sky-high confidence after their win over PSG. A win like this is historic for a club like the Magpies, who are now looking to break into the European elite club list.
Furthermore, the club have not been overly reliant on any single player. This, combined with their newly found squad depth, has ensured that any injury or suspension does not negate the quality of the team.
Alexander Isak and Antony Gordon were supreme in attack, with Kieran Trippier being the creative force and Bruno Guimaraes bossing the game in the middle of the park.
Newcastle United vs Borussia Dortmund lineups
Newcastle United lineup
Newcastle United will be now more secured after Joelinton and Antony Gordon returned from injuries and featured prominently in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. Gordon even got on the scoresheet. Even Isak didn’t feature in the starting 11, making only a substitute appearance, which means he will be fresh for the Champions League game.
The goalkeeper and the back four are expected to be the same,…