Newcastle United face German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening, having won six of their last eight games.
The first competitive encounter between two heavily backed clubs takes place with the hosts sitting on four points in Group F after a dramatic beating of Paris Saint-Germain; Dortmund, on the other hand, is still looking for their first win.
Last time out in Europe, Newcastle romped to their biggest-ever Champions League triumph, as the St James’ Park supporters witnessed their hopes come true in real-time in the victory over the Ligue 1 side.
After finishing fourth in last season’s Premier League under Eddie Howe, the Magpies have now lost only one of their last 29 UEFA competition home games, winning on no less than 21 occasions – they have also won 60% of their home games in the Champions League.
Dortmund have lost their last six away games in all competitions to English teams, conceding at least twice on each occasion; however, while Newcastle have only recently returned to Europe’s elite, Dortmund are participating in the Champions League group stage for the 18th time, and for the eighth consecutive season.
The Germans are in danger of having their run cut short in the first phase, as a point of one point from a potential six in Group F means defeat on Wednesday will leave their chances of progressing from the ‘Group of Death’ hanging by a thread.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 19:00 GMT.