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UEFA Europa League

  • 14 March 2013
  • • 20:05
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 45487
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Newcastle - Anzhi Makhachkala Preview: Hosts aim to reach quarter-finals for first time since 2005

Newcastle - Anzhi Makhachkala Preview: Hosts aim to reach quarter-finals for first time since 2005

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The home side's improved Premier League form has seen Alan Pardew shift his priorities, with the Europa League providing the Magpies' best chance of a first trophy since 1969


Alan Pardew has made the Europa League Newcastle's priority after all but securing Premier League survival with their late victory over Stoke on Sunday. As a consequence, the Magpies are expected to name as close to a full-strength starting line-up as possible rather than the heavily rotated squad Pardew has selected so far in this competition.

Tim Krul remains out with an ankle injury though Rob Elliot has proved a more-than-able deputy, while Fabricio Coloccini's back injury keeps him on the sidelines. Hatem Ben Arfa will also miss the tie due to ongoing hamstring problems.

Anzhi have few injury worries and the match marks the return to England's shores for Yuri Zhirkov and Lassana Diarra. Guus Hiddink has a difficult choice up front, where he may be tempted to field all three of Samuel Eto'o, Lacina Traore and Willian.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This is the furthest Newcastle have progressed in European competition since 2006-07, when Glenn Roeder's side were eliminated at the same stage by AZ Alkmaar.
  • Shola Ameobi is Newcastle's top scorer in the Europa League this season with three goals.
  • The fixture represents the first time a Russian team has visited St James' Park for a European clash.
  • Anzhi midfielder Lassana Diarra (pictured right) once made his full debut for Arsenal against a Newcastle side managed by Sam Allardyce.
  • From the Newcastle starting XI that night, only Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi still remain at the club.
  • This is the furthest Anzhi have ever progressed in Europe, with their only previous experience ending in a first-round defeat to Rangers in 2001-02.

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Available Squads
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
13Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
-Adam CampbellStriker
-Vladimir GabulovGoalkeeper
28Andrey EschenkoDefender
-Joao Carlos Pinto ChavesDefender
37EwertonDefender
6Mbark BoussoufaMidfielder
-JucileiMidfielder
11M. CarcelaMidfielder
18Yuri ZhirkovMidfielder
9Odil AkhmedovMidfielder
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
9Samuel Eto'oStriker
43Evgeny PomazanGoalkeeper
13Rasim TagirbekovDefender
-Arseniy LogashovDefender
7Kamil AgalarovMidfielder
-Oleg ShatovMidfielder
28Lacina TraoreStriker
-Fedor SmolovStriker
Players to Watch
Papiss Cissé
Papiss Cissé
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Senegalese forward would be the first to say that he has not set the world alight on Tyneside this season after an explosive start to life at Newcastle last term. However, since the departure of Demba Ba, Cisse's goalscoring output has improved slightly, despite a tendency to often disappear in matches. The striker has two goals in his last two home games for the club and, in tandem with Moussa Sissoko, will be the key to Newcastle progressing.
Willian
Willian
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
All the focus may be, as expected, on Samuel Eto'o but Anzhi's capture of Willian this winter from Shakhtar Donetsk ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham is, arguably, a bigger sign of Anzhi’s progression than the Cameroonian. The Brazilian caught the eye with two well-taken goals at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League earlier this season and, on the counterattack, could provide a real menace for Alan Pardew's men.
Prediction
Alan Pardew has promised a night to remember for what is sure to be a partisan home crowd at St James' Park. However, the Magpies will have to be wary of the counterattacking threat of the likes of Eto'o, Willian and Lacina Traore and those three in particular could combine to cost the hosts a place in the quarter finals. Expect Newcastle to score but Anzhi's attack just makes them dangerous with the threat of an away-goal progression.
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