Europa League Preview: Metalist Kharkiv - Newcastle
Papiss Cisse had two goals disallowed in the 0-0 draw on Tyneside, meaning there is all still to play for in Ukraine, with the winner making it into the round of 16.
By Tom McKeown
Villagra, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Fininho
Marlos, Blanco, Cleiton, Willian
Santon, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara
Marveaux, Sissoko, Obertan
Metalist, like the first leg, is playing outside its league season so has no fresh injury concerns or suspensions to contend with.
The home side’s only Ukrainian-born player from last week’s starting lineup, goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov, impressed on Tyneside last week and will line up between the sticks once more.
Newcastle, meanwhile, is still without Youan Gouffran (shin) and Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), so Alan Pardew is likely to name the same XI that drew a blank in the first leg.
There are no fresh injury worries for the Magpies, but Danny Simpson (toe) is sidelined alongside Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic (all knee).
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Last week’s match was the first meeting between these two sides in UEFA club competition.
- The last time Metalist faced English opposition was in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup when Myron Markevich's side lost 4-3 on aggregate to Everton.
- The host has only lost at home once in its last 11 European games, the last of which came in last year’s last 16 against Olympiakos.
- Metalist likes to leave it late: five of its nine goals since the start of the group stages have come on or after the 75th minute.
- Newcastle is without a win in five European away games, having drawn three and lost two.
- Papiss Cisse (pictured right) had two goals disallowed in the first leg, meaning he failed to add to his only strike in this year's competition, against Bordeaux in October.
- Last week's 0-0 draw ended Newcastle's run of scoring in each of their previous 14 home games, a run which goes back to 2004.
Top 3 Predictions
Metalist 1-2 Newcastle
- 14.15 %
Metalist 1-1 Newcastle
- 13.49 %
Metalist 2-1 Newcastle
- 11.84 %
|Europa League (EL)||Feb 21, 2013||Metalist 0 - Newcastle 1|
|Europa League (EL)||Feb 14, 2013||Newcastle 0 - Metalist 0|
|Aug 7, 2013||Metalist 1 - PAOK 1||UCL|
|Jul 30, 2013||PAOK 0 - Metalist 2||UCL|
|Feb 21, 2013||Metalist 0 - Newcastle 1||EL|
|Feb 14, 2013||Newcastle 0 - Metalist 0||EL|
|Dec 6, 2012||Rapid Wien 1 - Metalist 0||EL|
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Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed