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Good Chance To See Newcastle’s New Players Tomorrow Night

10:51 am, Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Montpelier’s former captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will start tomorrow night for Newcastle at center-back, and it seems Newcastle will field a very strong side, with the Evening Chronicle reporting that Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye will all play.

mapou yanga-mbiwa in france colors

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will get start tomorrow night

Alan Pardew has made comments about wanting to win the Europa League,  and if he is going to make that real – rather just being good PR for the fans – then we’ll have to win tomorrow night and build up a decent lead ready for the return tie next Thursday night in the Ukraine – and if we can win this two legged tie – we’ll be in the last 16 of the competition.

This is what Alan Pardew said today in the Evening Chronicle:

“It’ll be a strong side.” “We want to have more European nights at St James’ Park.” “And the last 16 is within sight for us.” “Getting through the group stages was tough for us, so we don’t want all that effort and hard work to go to waste.”

“We are trying to win the Europa League.” “We’ve got great depth in our squad – we can start making use of it.” “They finished ahead of Bayer Leverkusen so they must be good.” “We must respect them. We know they are a very good side.”

Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Sissoko were all registered for the Europa League, and of course Yoan Gouffran is cup-tied and Mathieu Debuchy was left out of the squad – maybe because Danny Simpson will play at right back in Europe.

But of course Davide Santon can play there,  and Massadio Haidara can play at left back – so we seem to have some choice at full back these days – and that’s a nice change from the last few years.

Metalist are on a winter break so it will be interesting to see how sharp they are tomorrow night, although they did play Whitley Bay on Sunday and drew 1-1 with the local side, but they fielded 22 players in that game,  so it would have been hard for Alan Pardew to get any clues from the game.

Newcastle want to get a decent crowd tomorrow night, and it’s a great chance to see some of our new players like Moussa Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara in action, and tickets for the game are only £15 for adults and £5 for concessions – cheap at the price.

A win would be great.

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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News





9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    anyone else think pardrews back strings have been pulled by his master to say that to try get a full house tomorrow?

  • 2 Santiago Munez // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Idea to make teams care about Europa League. Give the winner a Champs league spot for the following season. Could be in the early qualifying rounds so it isn’t given quite the importance of winning Champs League but still would make clubs care. Thoughts?

  • 3 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Santiago Munez

    It seems that it’s only the Premier League clubs that see the Europa League as a distraction, everyone else seems to attack the competition, but I agree that the side that wins this comp should gain automatic qualification into the Champions League

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    santiago

    I think that would work…give the winner a place in the final qualifying round for champs league….good incentive for all teams competing them.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    rotonda -previous post.
    I hope that with more round pegs in round holes that this will allow Cabaye to have that small bit of extra time on the ball -so he can pick out the killer pass/through ball.

  • 6 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    There are some massive clubs left in this comp, winning it would be an amazing achievment

  • 7 Ian Toon // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Mister Tuff – I responded to your post of yesterday on an earlier post .

  • 8 ballerfan2 // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I think the fact that we have 4 teams qualifying for the Champions League adds to this sense of insignificance of the Europa L. There is no doubt that other countries see it very differently. Other reasons, other than arrogance (as perceived by many) could be that our EL qualifiers don’t have the squads to cope with the pressures of the PL as well as the EL, inviting the risk of playing seemingly weakened teams under the guise of giving the youngsters a chance.
    Whatever – the opportunity of CL qualification by Europa League route would be a huge carrot in changing this philosophy I’m sure.

  • 9 Ian Toon // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Having watched Debuchy get caught offside against Spurs made me fully appreciate what he has to offer over the one dimensional Simpson. He’s always looking to provide a switch play outlet and is the perfect player to illustrate the full range of passing that Cabaye
    has. Debuchy is everything that Simpson isn’t from his level of concentration to his willingness to work hard at both ends of the field.
    With two quality wing backs we ca consider playing a 3-5-2 formation or varieties thereof .




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