Newcastle vs Club Brugge – Match Preview


Newcastle United have a chance to maintain some of the momentum we built up at Sunderland on Sunday, by defeating Club Brugges tonight at St. James’ Park, and keep at the top of Group D in the Europa League with 7 points from our first three games.

Club Brugge was founded one year before Newcastle United, back in 1891, and they currently have 3 points in Group D, having defeated Maritimo in the last round, after being hammered 4-0 by Bordeaux.

But the home game games are what Newcastle need to win, if we are going to get to the knock out rounds of this competition, and there’s no reason at all, why we cannot do that.

And Newcastle have had a decent defense in the first three games in Europe, conceding only to Atromitos in Greece and keeping clean sheets at Maritimo, and also against Atromitos and Bordeaux at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew will make changes from the side that did so well at Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, with Steve Harper expected to start in goal, and Cheick Tiote will start in midfield, after receiving a three match ban for his sending off in the first half at the Stadium Of Light on Sunday.

Haris Vuckic,  Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor are all on the long term injured list, and it looks like goalkeeper Rob Eliot is still out injured.

This is a possible team tonight:

Harper
Tavernier Perch Taylor (S) Anita
Obertan Tiote Bigirimana Ferguson
Ameobi (Sh) Cisse
Subs: Alnwick Simpson Williamson Ameobi (Sa) Amalfitano Marveaux 

Alan Pardew could also make history if he starts the two Ameobi brothers, and they could become the third set of brothers to start a game for the Magpies,   following on from George and Ted Robledo in the 1950s and Matt and Richie Appleby in the 1990s.

It is expected that Club Brugge will field their strongest side, as most other European clubs seem to do in the European competitions.

Newcastle have an excellent record in Europe, and we have won our last five European games against Belgian sides, scoring 17 goals and conceding only four in those games.

And Belgian teams haven’t won any of their last 24 games in England, with Royal Antwerp the last team to win in England against Aston Villa a full 37 years ago.

Newcastle are unbeaten in 18 European home games and only drawn two of those, and we have won our last nine games in a row at St James Park, and it’s interesting that only Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have won 10 or more consecutive home European games.

Maybe Newcastle can join that list tonight, and there were signs on Sunday that Newcastle are getting back to their top form, with some big players now fit again and looking to be in form.

Newcastle need to win tonight and we think Alan Pardew will field a strong enough team that can do just that.

Let us know how you think the game will go tonight.

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122 comments so far

  • toonLYF

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    i think their badge is the most aesthetically pleasing in football

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  • martoon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed – as AP has said that Sammi Ameobi will be starting – he has to be in your team!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Have to be looking to win this especially after beating Bordeux comfortably!!

    Just got to make sure we start well and press them into mistakes if we get an early goal i think they will fold and we can beat them about 3 nil…. as long as Tiote stays on the field!!!

    COME ON !!!

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought their badge looked like london underground sign.

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  • nopskazoid

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote and Bigi in the middle? That doesn’t shout goals at me.

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  • hotdog

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    toonLYF – Weirdo 😉

    I hope Sammi is starting tonight but lets not expect too much. I am suprised Pards has but pressure on him to be honest.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    We should win this 2-0 at least. Our performance on Sunday was a joy to watch but we still do many bad decisions in our play. For example why oh why do we do this:

    1- Right on kick off we pass the ball back to Colo or whoever and he just lumps it forward and their keeper gathers the ball comfortably.

    2-It’s our throw-in and we have one of our players alone just in front of the thrower and another further up the field surrounded by at least two opponent defenders- who do we pass it to? The player that is surrounded and not the one in the open space, why, oh God why?

    3- Our in ability to put in decent corners in the danger area. We have no excuses not to pass the first man in a corner anymore.

    In Europe or against better opposition we will get punished for these simple errors. If we can cut that crap out of our game we will have the ball longer and increase our chance to build an attack and score,simple.

    We really got to consistently get those basics right, on top of the good performances we’re having recently.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh I almost forgot, mistake number 4;

    4- We must learn to play from the back and to not panic and get forced into another long lump forward to nowhere. The amount of times good play has been forced backwards only for us to give the ball to the opposition with a long ball as our defenders are somehow incapable of seeing another option.

    Having said all that we should win but we can’t get complacent tonight.

    HWTL

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  • rainrix

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Set pieces are something we really need to look at. I actually don’t remember the last time we scored from a corner in a competitive game. I find it funny everytime we get a corner commentators usually say “Newcastle are going to be a threat from set pieces”. Erm apparently not! 🙂

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  • toonLYF

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #10

    hotdog – hahaha 😛

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  • toonLYF

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    i can’t help it, 3 years of Graphic Design courses, i find myself walking along highstreets slagging off shop signs in my head.

    Weirdo indeed.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    JP….They are re-occurring issues, although I hadn’t noticed point 1 too much. Will have to keep an eye out for it – seems bizarre.

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  • toonLYF

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    rainrix –

    not wrong there mate, never fails to amaze me how little most commentators actually know about current squads and playing styles etc.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #14

    I think the argument that we “lump the ball forward from the back” is a little bit overstated. There were times on Sunday when it would have been arguably easier to lump the ball forward but Colo, Simmo and even Willo at times were looking for a pass. I remember Simmo picking the ball up at the edge of the box under pressure and finding Ba on the wing with a great long pass, not a lumped one mind you but a deliberate long pass.

    We are not Arsenal or Barcelona but neither are we Stoke or West Ham.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    The referee tonight is the guy who failed to spot Thierry Henry’s handball in the match between Ireland and France…

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Quasi….We have been whacking it long a fair bit this season (and I think this has been highlighted by, I believe, a Daily Mail article), but signs were extremely promising in the Sunderland game. Breathtaking passing out from the back. One of the biggest positives from that game for me.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Rainrix
    We need to work on set pieces from both ends tbf we never scote from them and we concede to many goals from them!!

    Jesper from earlier
    Citeh won the league with 4-4-2…..

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  • hotdog

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    toonLYF – ahh it all makes sense now :-/ haha

    I think AP talked a while back about our poor conversion rate from set pieces, we should be doing better with the height we have got in the team.

    Ill take 2-1 tonight HWTL

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve been thinking about our set pieces and what we really need is a demanding powerful CB to help out. I know, I know, I’m brilliant. Please form an orderly queue.

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    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Very nice, thanks for the information.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Any one reckon there will be many Brugge fans tonight? Hope there is like, see if they can compete with the LEAZES corner :p

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  • hotdog

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Ibiza – Ahh there goes Ibiza whacking it off again! Give it a rest mate you will go blind kidda

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza
    What? A cb? Since when have we had the need for another cb? Your talking crazy must be the air up there!

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t get me wrong, we have, frustratingly, played a lot of long passes this season, but these stats also include attempted long passes from the likes of Cabaye and Colo, who are very accurate in their long passing but, yes the majority have been lumped.

    While Colo has been out injured it is not surprising that we have not been as cool and calm in playing from the back and the main instigator of these long passes have been our GKs, both Harper and Krul. Harper has always preferred the lump it long approach and the weakest facet of Tim’s game is the fact that he plays too many long balls.

    But yes the Sunderland game was a good example of us trying to play the ball from the back which served to alleviate some of the pressure that was on us. If we can kick on and try to do this in every game we will be able to shake the tag of a “long ball team” that Baines tried to label us with and prove that we do play football. Willo and Simmo aren’t nearly as bad at this as some make out though.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Hotdog….Listen mate, thanks for the heads up, but I’ve managed for 25 years and managed just fine and my eyesight it just perfect thank dug h duij;l sddbsh djs,;k dousdsjamail….ahhh cr*p.

    Tads…You’ll see mate (well, you probably wont, one of the disadvantages to dwelling with the commoners I’m afraid).

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Quasi….I get what you’re saying. I personally, would rather a player hits it long rather than try something they’re not yet comfortable with.

    Good point on the fact these stats would include long passes, which we do have the players for.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Hmm…I’ve managed and managed and managed it seems. Think I best go or put a little more thought in to what I’m saying. 🙂

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  • Ian Toon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza- already feeling the buzz of a European night @ SJP. Joshing aside your right about playing more football and less goofball. Hoping the prospect players step up. Looking to win but play with a bit of style and Cisse to get back on the goals trail.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Cisse has only been lacking goals in the league, he scored against Bordeaux with a fine finish (he was offside but still a good finish) and he scored in the capital one cup against Man U. Some would argue that it’s been the formation that have been stifling him and I would tend to agree, he is not a guy lacking confidence just not getting the goals in the league which I am sure will come soon.

    I fully expect a goal or two from his tonight.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Ian…Well up for tonight. Wish I could be attending….you lucky so and so.

    I genuinely believe that Pardew is training them up for the type of football we all crave (I believe you have stated this as well following conversations with Pardew after matches etc). In the meantime, stick to basics, I have no problem with that.

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  • hotdog

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    haha Ibiza – Right im off might be on later during the match toodles

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #32

    On Cisse, he has been really close in most games. Wouldn’t really consider it lack of form, just last year pretty much every time he took a shot it went in. Still a quality striker and will be pushing his way up the scorer board before too long. Top player.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Hotdog…Back on here during a game? Now that definitely could send me blind (mainly from poking my eyes so I don’t have to read some of the rubbish on here). Enjoy though 🙂

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  • Ian Toon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza- my father is paying a £5 for admittance tonight so he will get value for money-LOL. He tells me that Pardew is looking to the youngsters to introduce some flair in our play. You do tend to see the midfielder players getting a bit more time on the ball and games are more measured.
    Quasi- it does seem that there’s something special about a Cisse goal .
    Hope your right on goal feast.

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  • Ian Toon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza- catch you later sport.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza….£5 you say…..probably left it a bit late for a cheap flight. Are you not going yourself?

    More time on the ball in European fixtures? Pardews made some statements about young Ameobi and Ferguson, so I expect them to be fired up. I’ve really missed Sammy in the team, be good to see him back.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Ian…Take it easy, you not going to enquire about any dogs this evening? 🙂

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Hi everyone, I don’t think the game is on TV tonight so anyone got any good links? Would be much appreciated.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Rowan…Good day. Not sure about “good links”, but here is a link which gives available links for all of todays games…i’m hoping there is a good one 🙂

    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

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  • Shedzzzaa

    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #40

    How many times man. Sammy ameobi will start tonight you have even quoted Pardrew in saying this in previous articles! How annoying man

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