Newcastle Face Tough Test Against Full Strength Atromitos Side


There will be no resting players by Atromitos for tomorrow’s night’s first leg of the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, when the Greek side take on Newcastle United in Athens, Greece.

Atromitos manager Dusan Bajevic – will play his strongest side

Atromitos would not move their game any earlier than Thursday night, and it’s hardly a surprise they will be at full strength against Newcastle, because they will want to progress to the group stages of the Europa League.

Their best chance to get a lead is in tomorrow night ‘s game in Athens, which will be Newcastle first European game since the 2006-2007 season, when Glenn Roeder was in charge at Newcastle.

The Atromitos manager Dusan Bajevic has said he will play his strongest side tomorrow night, and since nobody in their squad is injured, it will be the strongest possible team the Greek Super League side can field.

This is what Bajevic said today in the Newcastle Journal:

 “We have everyone fit and I will play what I believe is our strongest team. If we did not then it would be very difficult for us.”

“We want to progress to the group stages and to that end we must not lose the first game, so we need be at our best. It is a challenge and one we are looking forward to.”

“The players have trained well for the past week and know what we expect of them.”

Alan Pardew initially was thought to be going to put out a complete second eleven in Athens, since Newcastle have a tough Premier League game against European Champions Chelsea at Stamford Brdige less than 48 hours after the end of the game, but it seems that maybe four or five first team starters will see some action tomorrow night.

One thing Alan Pardew cannot do is under-estimate Atomroitos, because they are obviously keen to win the game, and beat Newcastle in the two legged tie.

The winner of this tie qualifies for the group stages of the competition, and will play six games in the group stages against three other teams, before the end of the year.

There’s not much money in the competition, but it’s prestige that’s up for grabs for the Magpies, and the very last thing Newcastle want to do is to go out at the very first hurdle of the Europa League, which would be a disaster.

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29 comments so far

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    repost

    jesper

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/9491177/Newcastle-United-say-the-ball-is-in-Liverpools-court-over-12m-transfer-of-Andy-Carroll.html

    theres the article, a fair few dindipper fans commenting underneath about bein ‘held to ransome’ and havin their ‘pants pulled down by ashley’ the ‘dictator’

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Will be a big test for some of the lads on Thursday, biggest game for some to date

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t agree with that like we played tougher teams than this in pre season than they done really well

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    I mean in terms off the young lads that haven’t even played a prem game yet,there will be 3 or 4 I think

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    So long as we don’t lose by more than four, we’ll score as many as we need at SJP.

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    What makes things worse considering the quick turn around for Chelsea at the weekend is the tempreture. Nufc.com is reporting it will be 39 degrees over there dropping to somewhere near 30 by the time of the match. That will certainly play a part in our perforance.

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  • ajcrawfs

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    @Ibiza – I think i would rather take that risk of injuries until January if needed. 12 million is far too much for a position I don’t think is a priority, I mean look at Chelsea they only have two strikers, i would rather they spend this money on a CB and possibly a RB

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Its going to be a huge test, and will really show just how good our youngsters are. Its all well and good that they done really well pre season, however this is going to be much tougher. There is a lot more pressure and more at stake in this game. Hopefully they can perform well under the pressure and show that they are ready to step up this season.

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  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    From previous blog on the subject of QPR – it is not so much QPR I don’t like as the manager Mark Hughes. Where ever he goes he seems to spend a massive amount on tranfers of misfit players and then whinges when they struggle. I just don’t rate him as a manager.

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  • G

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    To be honest, I had never heard of Atromitos until we got drawn against them. From what I have read about them, and the standard of Greek football outside of the top 3 (no offence Greek readers), then I think as long as we play a team who are even capable of playing in the Champo then we should be fine. With Chelsea at the weekend though, we really need to leave as many first teamers at home as we can afford to. We will always have the home leg to offset any damage, but I think our back-up / development players should handle this quite well.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    OO-errr they’re ATOMroitos now! Lets hope Pards doesn’t underestimate them, we may end up with kleftiki all over our faces.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope we sign Carroll, perhaps waiting until January or next summer might mean we get him cheaper.

    We need to replace Shola soon and Andy Carroll fits the bill perfectly.

    #BringAndyHome

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    G didn’t we play Brighton in the champo last year? 😉

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  • pawl250

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    ————————- Krul ———————–
    ——————————————————–
    Simpson — Williamson — Perch —- Santon
    ——————————————————–
    ——— Anita —– Gosling — Jonas ———
    ——————————————————–
    ——- Obertan —— Ba —- Marveaux ——

    Should win comfortably!

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  • G

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #15

    @12. A little part of me thinks bringing AC back would be nice, and another part of me believes that he made his bed at Liverpool and we should leave him there. I would only re-sign him at a price that suits us, and the price we have been quoted is ludicrously too high. They knew they were paying well and truly over the odds for him when they signed him, leaving us toothless up front. Right now we can live without him, so we are in no way desperate. Offer them the loan deal, take it or leave it, or walk away from the whole saga.

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  • russtoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #16

    OFF TOPIC OFF TOPIC

    Wondering if anyone has a clue what happened to Marveux on saturday against the spuds, commentator was saying he just vanished after being named as a sub so they had to give his spot on the bench to someone else, aint seen anything anywhere??? anyone have a clue?? Cheers lads and a comfortable and solid performance from teh lads in greek greece tmw me thinks HWTL

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  • pawl250

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I think the side I picked would be too strong, personally would prefer a younger side.

    But I think the above will be the side Pardew picks. I would also think it would be a very hard ask for these players to return home and put in a winning performance against Chelsea.

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  • G

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki, did they relegate us for one game only for that one? ha ha.

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    @martoon
    I like Hughes, he seems like a nice enough person with some coaching skills but he does seem a little out of depth in the prem.

    I often think he’s been very lucky to get or be in the jobs he’s had and his spending record is rubbish. Wouldn’t ever want him in charge at my club. In many ways he’s like there goal keeper Rob Green, a bit sh*t but ok for now.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #20

    jesper from last thread

    i get called hyphen off a few of the regulars on here as there another gatesheadmag on here without the hyphen,

    had people call is plenty things in the past, first time its been punctuation hahaha

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Pawl250

    Not a bad shout, I see r Taylor rb, shane lb, bigi in for jonas, shola instead of ba up top, that what I think anyway

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #22

    adam campbell just confirmed hes on the plane to greece i only expect perch to maybe play from the 11 that beat spurs

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Gk, harper
    Lb, ferguson
    Rb, r Taylor
    Cb, willo
    Cb,good
    Cm, bigi
    Cm,gosling
    Cm, Anita
    Lw, Marv
    Sf,shola
    Rw, oba

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Gateshead i mean hyphen…hyphen it is mate 😉 lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #25

    I did try to get Gateshead the tw@ going, but it didn’t work, so we compromised with Hyphen 🙂

    AJ…..We shall see mate. Not saying we should, but imo we could do worse than Carroll at £12m. 100% agreed, CB and FB first, but I thought that before we got Anita. I suppose we can’t say, hang on, we’ll sign that player once we’ve got our priorities sorted first and then miss out 🙂

    Tsunki…Would that be Greek for egg?

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  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Grafton83 @19 – I like the analogy with Rob Green 🙂
    Maybe next year Hughes will find his level in the Championship.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Martoon, i was always a big Keegan fan, and I remember one or two journalists saying that we should hire a “proper” manager like Mark Hughes rather than KK. Never likes him, arrogant knob to walk out on Fulham and think Villa would open the door for him. Bet he felt like a total tool when they didnt want to know.

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  • cestriasteve

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    @Gateshead- Mag, great link to the telegraph comments I would like to make 2 points:
    Firstly the actual article, I loved AC when he was here but we played a different style then, sure with both Marveaux and Jonas we have the ability to give him the crosses to play to his strengths but do we really need to go back to that to get goals, technically both Ba and Cisse have more in their locker. Spend any money we have on the defense and if AC is still available later then buy him.

    Secondly, the Liverpool fans comments especially the guy babbling on about the history of the club etc, etc. Yes they were a great club, I for one drove back from those amazing games where we got beat shaking my head in disbelief at the results. but lets face it they are finished as an immediate threat in EPL, it will take a miracle AND a hefty expenditure for them to ever challenge the top 2 and a big out lay to challenge the other top 4 clubs. It will be interesting to see what Brenden Rodgers can achieve at LFC because I fear for his future with all those rose tinted fans harping on about how good they WERE !!

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  • CAToon

    Aug 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #29

    NUFC are in for a challenge tomorrow. They are playing a side that was 4th in the Greek league last year. The opposition are no push over. While we have some strong, experienced players in the mix, we are going in with a very young team. This is an excellent test for players likely to see action in the early rounds of the cup competitions. A win tomorrow would be fantastic, but a strong showing that results in a tie would not be bad…

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