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Can Newcastle Make It Through Next Thursday Night?

9:42 am, Saturday, February 16th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

A score draw next Thursday night in the Ukraine against Metalist Kharkiv will see Newcastle go through to the round of the last 16 of the Europa League, but we’re not sure how strong a side Alan Pardew can field in the second leg, because we have a game just four days later in the Premier League against Southampton, a team we are tied on points with –  but behind them on goal difference.

alan pardew - prewss conf for Metalist

Alan Pardew – difficult section next Thursday night

So a good win a week tomorrow could see us move up the table and gain a valuable 3 points on one of the teams also fighting relegation.

And because of that,  Alan Pardew will not be able to play the same team he played on Thursday night at St. James’ Park,  which basically was the strongest team he could field, given who was available.

So it’s going to be difficult to get through the tie now, after failing to win on Thursday night and in our poll before the game 90% of readers expected a win in that game. :(

The last time we were in Europe was six years ago, under Glenn Roeder, and the Europa League was then called the UEFA Cup – and we got though to the last 16 of the competition but came a cropper against AZ Alkmaar – and after winning the first game 4-2 at home we lost 2-0 away – and went out on the away goals rule.

And here’s the team on that March night in 2007 – with the substitutes:

Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Nolberto Solano, Kieron Dyer, Oba Martins, Damien Duff (Emre, 77m) Scott Parker, Titus Bramble, Antoine Sibierski (James Milner,65m), Nicky Butt, Steven Taylor
Subs: Steve Harper, Albert Luque, Charles N’Zogbia, Paul Huntington, Andy Carroll

It’s interesting that only Steven Taylor and Steve Harper, two local lads,  are the only players still at the club from that 18 man squad.

Let us know if you think Newcastle can make it through on Thursday night – to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Will Newcastle Advance In Europa League Next Thursday?

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hdavid23 // Feb 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    No. They clearly cheated last game, can’t see why they wouldn’t do it next Thursday as well… I know how it goes in the Ukraine, they will use every option to make sure they advance.

  • 2 Graeme // Feb 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Progress will very much depend on Pardew!!

    Has he got the balls and the faith in his squad to pick the best possible team on Thursday?? Is he actually prepared to go all out for the win – even if we may still not go through??

    He has the best squad NUFC have seen in over 10 years but just does not seem to know what to do with them in the present circumstances. I have NO doubt that we can go to Ukraine, put out a very good team to try and get through to the next round and still get three points, at home, to Southampton.

    The fans have the faith we can do it; the players certainly seem to believe they can do it – what does Pardew believe? If he is not prepared to give it our best shot, he should seriously consider his position and resign at the end of the season.

  • 3 croftus5678 // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    @2

    before we actually play the game and start blaming pardew for doing something wrong !

    considering we have a prem game 3 days after that game where they have to travel back also.
    would you pick the best team you could and have first team players either injured or tired for the prem game ?

    i know we have a great team now but we are still in relegation danger zone atm and the teams lower than us keep winning also which does not help.
    take cisse out of our team and atm we are not anywhere near as good a team.
    i personally am hopeing he puts anita/marv/perch/hairdryer in the game and leaves some of our regulars out just in case ! plus cambell should get a run out.

  • 4 Moat1 // Feb 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    my team 4 metalist:
    —————-Harper—————-
    haidara-mbiwa-simmo-williamson
    Perch–Tiote–Cabaye–Marveaux
    ———Shola—-Ranger————
    Id give ranger a chance 2 putt things right. 1 chance mind you!

  • 5 breno95 // Feb 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    @ moat1
    really glad you are not in charge. Terrible line up.
    You have a LB @ RB, a CB @ LB and the 2 worst strikers at the club up front when a goal is necessary.

  • 6 Jonny // Feb 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    no

  • 7 Sav // Feb 17, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    If we play and win, I doubt there’ll be tired legs on Sunday. It is a gamble for Pards but lets face it, Cisse needs to get his confidence back and this could be just what he needs. Swap him for Shola after 70 minutes when we are a goal up!

  • 8 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    There is no way on this earth i would Simmo on beside Willo ?

    And placing Shola and Ranger? as the two up front is pur folly!

    Croftus makes a good point and our Prem status is way more important than any advance in the Europa League?

    I can,t understand why Pards does,nt play Anita alonside Marvaux in the mid-field ?
    What has he against Anita?




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