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UEFA Europa League

  • 8 November 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Jan Breydelstadion, Brugge
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 18003

Club Brugge - Newcastle Preview: Pardew's men looking to seal group qualification

The Magpies can secure their place in the knockout stages with a win over the Belgian outfit, who recently dismissed manager Georges Leekens following a poor run of form



Hogli, Hoefkens, Buysse, Figueras
Odjiidja-Ofoe, Jorgensen, Blondel
     Refaelov, Bacca, Lestienne


      Santon, Taylor, Coloccini, Ferguson
 Bigirimana, Tiote, Amalfitano
     Obertan, Cisse, Sa. Ameobi

Club Brugge have just one long-term absentee, with midfielder Victor Vazquez (collarbone) expected to be out until late December.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have a number of injury problems to deal with going into the game. Yohan Cabaye (hamstring) is a doubt, as is Demba Ba (calf).

James Perch (thigh) is expected to be out for a month, while Dan Gosling (knee) is still unavailable. Rob Elliot (groin) is also set to miss out once more, while Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic (both knee ligament) are set to miss the majority of the campaign.

  • Newcastle have faced Belgian opposition in Europe on seven occasions and have yet to taste defeat.
  • The Magpies have yet to concede a goal in this season's group stages, the only other team to achieve that feat is German side Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Three of Newcastle's first-team squad - Danny Simpson, Cheikh Tiote and Demba Ba (pictured right) - have all played in Belgium at some point in their careers.
  • Club Brugge defender Ryan Donk spent the 2008-09 season with West Bromwich Albion, and also featured in the AZ Alkmaar side that knocked Newcastle out of the 2006-07 Uefa Cup.
  • The next goal Newcastle concede will be the 100th to go past them in Uefa competition.
  • Club Brugge have won 13 Belgian league titles in their history, only Anderlecht (31) have won more.
  • Newcastle's biggest away win in Uefa competition came against Belgian side Royal Antwerp in 1994, when they cruised to a 5-0 victory.
  • Club Brugge reached the final of the Uefa Cup in 1976 and the final of the European Cup in 1978. On both occasions they suffered defeat to English side Liverpool.

Players to watch

C. Bacca

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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If Brugge are to have any chance of securing victory against the Magpies on Thursday, then they will need striker Carlos Bacca to replicate the fine form he has shown in domestic competition so far.

A run of six games without a win forced the club hierachy to dismiss manager Georges Leekens, but their star forward has been superb in front of goal, scoring 11 goals in as many games in the Belgian Pro League and netting on three occasions in the Europa League.

Sammy Ameobi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Manager Alan Pardew has chosen to shuffle his pack on a number of occasions in the Europa League this season, and one of the players to benefit has been young-gun Sammy Ameobi.

The 20-year-old recently set up winning goals against Brugge and West Bromwich Albion, and produced an impressive cameo display against Liverpool last weekend.

Editor's Prediction

Pardew's men have found life in the Europa League relatively easy up to this point, and while they may be set for a rougher ride away from home in front of a raucous Brugge crowd, they have the superior quality to emerge from this contest with all three points.

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