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UEFA Europa League

  • 22 November 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: D. Makkelie
  • • Attendance: 21632
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Newcastle - Maritimo Preview: Magpies look to secure Group D top spot

Newcastle - Maritimo Preview: Magpies look to secure Group D top spot

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Alan Pardew's side enter Thursday's fixture knowing qualification can be obtained as they take advantage of an opportunity to arrest a recent slump in form domestically

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE

Harper
Santon, Taylor, Coloccini, Ferguson
Marveaux, Tiote, Bigirimana, Anita 
Sa. Ameobi, Sh. Ameobi

MARITIMO

Salin
Briguel, Rosario, Guilherme, Ferreira
David Simao, Mirando, Joao Luiz
Danilo, Fidelis, Sami


Alan Pardew goes into the competition's penultimate group fixture without the services of either Yohan Cabaye (groin) or James Perch (thigh), the former of whom is likely to be sidelined until the New Year.

Jonas Gutierrez (knee) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) also remain on the hosts' injury list, alongside long-term absentees Ryan Taylor (knee) Dan Gosling (knee) and Haris Vickic (knee).

The visitors, meanwhile, are without any fresh injury concerns and are likely to field their strongest line-up with anything short of three points at St James' Park guaranteeing their elimination from the competition.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle's trip to Bruges for their previous Europa League game marked the first time in 60 years that two brothers had started alongside each other for the Magpies. Shola and Sammy Ameobi were the first since George and Ted Robledo in 1962.
  • Shola Ameobi (pictured right) made a belated debut in senior international football last week. He played half an hour for Nigeria against Venezuela, assisting the final goal in a 3-1 win.
  • Despite having qualified for European competition on 16 separate occasions, the 2006 Intertoto Cup remains Newcastle's only piece of continental silverware.
  • Unlike their hosts, who were only reintroduced to Premier League life in 2010, Maritimo have gone an impressive 27 consecutive season in the Portuguese top flight.
  • Newcastle will be hoping not to emulate their fellow Brits Bangor City on Thursday night. The Welsh club were beaten 8-2 by Maritimo in the same competition in July 2010.
  • Both teams go into Thursday's fixture looking to arrest spells of underwhelming form, with only one win between them from their last 10 combined games.

Players to watch

S. Ferguson

Position: Midfielder

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With Newcastle hoping to enjoy plenty of possession in this fixture, Ferguson could well prove a useful outlet from left back. He was one of Northern Ireland's most impressive performers last week against Azerbaijan, repeatedly delivering inviting crosses into the opposition's penalty box and, as the only natural left-footer in contention for the left-back spot at St James' Park, will be looking to seize any opportunity to make the position his own.

David Simao

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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A loanee from Portuguese giants Benfica, the 22-year-old will be keen to impress on the European stage as a means of establishing himself at his parent club. Potentially up against a full-back in Ferguson who is more comfortable on the front foot than defending, Simao may well prove to be Maritimo's chief attacking threat.

Editor's Prediction

With three points from Thursday's fixture guaranteeing their progression from Group D - and as group winners - Newcastle will be hopeful to secure qualification with a victory against the competition's joint-lowest scorers.

While Maritimo will also be desperate for a win which would keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive, their shortage of goals against a firm-looking and well protected Newcastle back line would, on the face on things, appear to seal their fate.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Newcastle United

Marítimo

Wins
0
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
Draw
CS Marítimo Funchal MAR
CS Marítimo Funchal Marítimo
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
2 - 0
CS Marítimo Funchal MAR
Newcastle United FC NEW
3 - 0
CS Marítimo Funchal MAR
Newcastle United FC NEW
3 - 1
CS Marítimo Funchal MAR

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