Alan Pardew's side go into their play-off second leg knowing that a goalless draw will be enough to take them through to the competition proper for the first time in six years
Simpson, Perch, Williamson, R.Taylor
Obertan, Amalfitano, Marveaux
Skondras, Fytanidas, Lazaridis, Giannoulis
Iglesias, Dimoutsos, Brito
Beljic, Kuqi, Epstein
Alan Pardew was critical of Newcastle's busy schedule following his side's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea just 48 hours after their 1-1 draw in the first leg against the Greek side.
Even so, the manager made nine changes for the Premier League tie and we can expect a similar rotation policy to be put in place for the second leg.
Cheikh Tiote (calf) remains out after sitting out the game at Stamford Bridge, as Pardew has no fresh injury concerns.
For the Greek side, they also have no new concerns and expect them to field a similar team to that of last week as they look to cause the upset they so narrowly missed out on six days ago.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Newcastle's tie with Atromitos is only the third time that the Magpies have faced Greek opposition. An Alan Shearer penalty earned them a 1-0 victory over Panionios in the 2004-05 Uefa Cup Group Stage. They also trounced Olympiacos 7-1 on aggregate in the last 16 that same year.
- In addition to their 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumph, Newcastle have reached the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup on three occasions. They reached the semi-finals in 2004 under Sir Bobby Robson, but were knocked out by a Didier Drogba-inspired Marseille.
- Shola Ameobi has scored seven goals for Newcastle in European competition, only club legend Alan Shearer has scored more, netting 20 in total.
- This season marks only the second time that Magpies' boss Alan Pardew (pictured, right) has managed in European competition. He was in charge of West Ham during the 2006 Uefa Cup campaign, in which they were eliminated in the first Round by Palermo.
- In that same year Atromitos made their first appearance in European football. They were also knocked out in the first round, falling victim to a 6-1 aggregate thrashing at the hands of Sevilla.
- The 2006-07 season also marked the last time that Newcastle reached the knock-out stages of a European competition, as they were knocked out in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup by AZ Alkmaar.
- By coming on as a substitute in the first leg, striker Adam Campbell became the youngest ever player to compete for Newcastle in Europe at the age of 17 years and 236 days.
- Should Newcastle striker Demba Ba play in Thursday's clash, it will be his first appearance in European football.
- If Tim Krul is selected in goal for the Magpies, it will mark his first appearance in Europe since he made his debut for the club in a 1-0 Uefa Cup win over Palermo in 2006.
- Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote reached the last 32 of the Europa League with FC Twente in 2009 and 2010.