It’s always useful to look at the betting on anything – because that’s where the money lies, and usually the bookies get things right – otherwise they wouldn’t be able to make a living and the odds on Metalist winning next Thursday night are 6/7 odds on, and Newcastle are 12/5.
Yohan Cabaye - after disputing a decision to disallow a Newcastle goal for offside
As far as the Europa League competition goes Chelsea are favorites to win it at 4-1, and Newcastle are 13th favorites at 28-1, with Metalist Kharkiv are also listed at 28-1.
But Yohan Cabaye thinks that Newcastle are in with a decent chance of progressing, and the fact that Metalist Kharkiv do not have an away goal could work in our favor, as the French International had this to say to the local press today:
“We’re frustrated, but the main thing is that we haven’t conceded a goal.” “We know we have to score away from home – if we score, they have to score twice.” “This is a big thing – they have to win.” “We may only have to score one goal and draw.”
“Of course we’re frustrated as I think we played well.” “We played as a team – we had a few chances to score, and two goals disallowed.” “What can you do? We just need to go again for the second leg.”
“We’re going to have to use our experience if we’re going to go through.” “We all want to go to the next stage. We want to give 100% in this competition.” “We know how important Moussa can be for the team, the group and the club.”
“He’s a big help since he came to the club.” “We hope he can keep his performances going like the rest of us.”
Even if Newcastle play a complete second eleven next Thursday night, because of the upcoming Premier League game against Southampton, it would still be a good team, but whether they could get a score draw or win, to see us though would seem doubtful at this point.
But of course you never know – especially with Newcastle.
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