Newcastle have just released the dates for our next two legged tie against Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala – who qualified by beating Hanover 4-2 on aggregate in the last round.
United will be away from home in the first leg, which will take place on Thursday, 7th March. The venue will be confirmed on Friday but current information is that the match will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium, home of Spartak Moscow, with a kick-off of 5:00 pm GMT.
A week later, on Thursday, 14th March, St. James’ Park will host the second leg. The kick-off time is 8.05pm GMT. As a result of the Magpies’ progression in the competition, the Club will be requesting that the Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Stoke City, currently scheduled for Saturday, 9th March, be moved to Sunday, 10th March but confirmation is awaited.
Due to the unstable political situation in the Republic of Dagestan, the match has been moved to the home of Spartak Moscow, the Luzhniki Stadium, with a kick-off of 5pm BST. Final confirmation that this will be the venue/time are expected very shortly.
United will play the home leg a week later on Thursday 14th March with a kick-off time of 8.05pm. Newcastle United have requested that the Stoke match scheduled for Saturday 9th March will be moved back 24 hours.
The match following the home leg against Anzhi has already been taken care of due to Wigan away having been taken by TV for a Sunday screening.
That’s an advantage to be away from home in the first leg, and then be able to do what’s necessary at St. James’ Park in the second leg.
The fact that we got though last night has reinvigorated what has been a very disappointing season for Newcastle – so far.
But those last two words are important, because we now have 12 league games to play and at least two more games in Europe – so if we can start putting in performances like we’ve done since the five new Frenchmen arrived last month, we can surprise a lot of people – including ourselves.
Howay the Lads!!
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