The Tynesiders have been frustrated domestically but, with four points from two European games so far, could put a foot in the next round with victory against the Belgians
Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Ferguson
Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Hoefkens, Almeback, Figueras, Buysse
Odjidja, Blondel , Jorgensen
Refaelov, Bacca, Lestienne
Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor all played some part in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby after spending time on the sidelines. Having missed recent matches, it would be no surprise to see the trio all feature again on Thursday.
Alan Pardew has confirmed that Cheikh Tiote will play, considering he is now suspended domestically for three games, following his sending off in Sunday’s derby.
Midfielder Haris Vuckic, who has played in two of Newcastle’s Europa League games this season, ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee playing for their Under 21 side, and will not return until next season. Rob Elliot (groin), Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor (both knee) are also long-term absentees for the Magpies.
For Club Brugge, Jesper Jorgensen featured as a sub in their 4-1 defeat at OH Leuven at the weekend, and should be fit to start at St James’ Park.
Forward Mohamed Tchite is a doubt though could play a part, and the game may also come too soon for former West Brom defender Ryan Donk. Thomas Meunier, Jim Larsen, Niki Zimling and Fredrik Stenman are all out.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Newcastle and Club Brugge have never met before in European competition.
- However, Newcastle have an exceptional record against the Belgian sides they have played, winning all six of their encounters against them, and scoring an average of over three goals a game.
- On the flip side, Brugge have never won a game in England, playing 10, drawing two and losing eight.
- Club Brugge have reached the final of the Europa League (then Uefa Cup) once, losing to English opposition - Liverpool - 4-3 on aggregate in the 1975-76 season.
- Newcastle have not lost at home in this competition for 23 matches (winning 18, drawing five), dating back to the 1996-97 quarter-finals, when they were defeated by French side Monaco.
- Newcastle have played 100 games in all Uefa competitions, winning 58, drawing 18 and losing 24.
- The next goal the Toon Army concede in Europe will be their 100th goal against in Uefa competition. Club Brugge are 11/8 with William Hill to score exactly one goal in this game.
- Having drawn 0-0 with Maritimo, and defeating Bordeaux 3-0, Newcastle are one of just five sides in the 12 groups yet to concede a goal.
- Newcastle players Danny Simpson (pictured above right), Demba Ba and Cheikh Tiote have all had spells playing in Belgium during their careers.