It's do or die for Newcastle in the Champions League this week as they travel to France to face Paris Saint-Germain with their campaign hanging in the balance.
PSG currently sit 2nd in the Champions League's Group F with two wins and two losses from four games thus far.
In what is admittedly a tough group, it's been a pretty disappointing campaign from the Parisians thus far as performances in this competition have made them look pretty far detached from what is expected from a serious contender for the trophy.
Wins at home to Borussia Dortmund and Milan have been cancelled out by a thumping in Newcastle and a 2-1 loss in Milan in their most recent Champions League game to round up what has generally been fairly a fairly typical showing from PSG in the Qatari era.
They are, though, coming into this game in good form having won four of their last five matches with the only defeat being the 2-1 loss in Milan.
Their most recent encounter was a ruthless 5-2 win over AS Monaco at the weekend, with goals from Gonçalo Ramos, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Vitinha and Randal Kolo Muani enough to seal all three points.
There have been points this season when PSG have looked like a vastly improved side from what they were last season but it's very often one step forward and one step back with this team as dull and uninspiring performances never seem too far around the corner.
There's plenty of time left in this campaign for them to strive towards consistency but progression from this group is not assured and they need to make sure they take three points from this one. After falling to a 4-1 hammering in Newcastle this is a game the Parisians will really, really want to win.
Newcastle currently sit bottom of Group F with one win, one draw and two losses from four games.
The Magpies have had a rollercoaster ride of a reintroduction to Champions League football having experienced the elation of hammering PSG at home before being taught a couple of important lessons on navigating their way through clutch European ties by Borussia Dortmund.
Eddie Howe's side's Champions League campaign is hanging on a knife edge and only a win here will be enough to keep their hopes of a place in the knockout stages alive.
They're entering this game in decent form on the whole having won three of their last four games, the most recent of which was a 4-1 win over Chelsea courtesy of goals from Alexander Isak, Jamal Lascelles, Joelinton, and Anthony Gordon.
While their home form is infallible their away form has been a concern of late with Newcastle having won only one of their last five games on the road. Their only win in this competition came amidst a raucous St James' Park atmosphere and their two games away from home have seen them look much more blunted.
Only three points will see them still able to book their place in the knockout stages but given their current injury crisis and their struggles away from home they're probably going to have to settle for a chance to drop down to the Europa League.
For our PSG vs. Newcastle prediction, we're going for a 2-0 win for the home side.