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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CLUB BRUGGE


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

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Harper
      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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
-Bojan JorgacevicGoalkeeper
-Tom HogliDefender
3Michael AlmebäckDefender
4Carl HoefkensDefender
-Ryan DonkDefender
25Jordi FiguerasDefender
10Jesper JørgensenMidfielder
32Vadis Odjidja-OfoeMidfielder
16Maxime LestienneStriker
-Ivan Trickovski Striker
-C. BaccaStriker
33Vladan KujovicGoalkeeper
23Bart BuysseDefender
40Björn EngelsStriker
-Birger VerstraeteMidfielder
54Nathaniel LagrouMidfielder
-Mohamed TchitéStriker
-Björn VleminckxStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
34James TavernierDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
31Shane FergusonDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
-Romain AmalfitanoMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
Players to Watch
C. Bacca
C. Bacca
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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
Sammy Ameobi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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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