S.C. Maritimo vs Newcastle United Europa League match banter!
Posted on September 20th, 2012 | 108 Comments |
Venue: Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal, Madeira.
Date: Thurs, 4th October.
Kick off: 6:00pm
Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer.
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League clash versus S.C Maritimo on the paradise island of Madeira, home of Christiano Ronaldo, cake, and many a fine fortified wine.
Even away, the Magpies should normally go into this match as strong favourites, however with injuries and manager Alan Pardew prioritising the Premiership at home, he has travelled with a somewhat depleted squad to Funchal, which should add a bit of a “squeaky bum” factor to this game. However, I will spare you from too much of the usual pre match waffle here, as I have alredy done more than enough of that for this game, not only with my fairly extensive match preview from this morning, but also in another story in my series probing our Europa League Group Stage opponents from a few weeks ago. As I noted in the preview though, the squad Pardew has taken out there is:
Steve Harper (G), Rob Elliot (G), Steven Taylor (D), Mike Williamson (D), James Tavernier (D), Davide Santon (D,M), James Perch (D,M), Vurnon Anita (M,D), Shane Ferguson (M,D), Sylvain Marveaux (M), Gabriel Obertan (M), Dan Gosling (M), Romain Amalfitano (M), Gael Bigirimana (M), Mehdi Abeid (M), Haris Vuckic (M,F), Sammy Ameobi (M,F), Shola Ameobi (F), Adam Campbell (F).
On thing that is sure so far is that it will be Shola Ameobi who will be leading the lads from the front this evening, as our Silver Supremo has named him as captain for the evening.
As usual, I will also be posting the final teamsheets for the game when they become available, as well as match highlights and a video of the whole game afterwards. This game will be broadcast on ESPN TV in the UK, but I shall also endeavour to post links to watch the game online in the comments section.
Howay the Lads!
Maritimo (4-2-3-1): Romain Salin (G), Briguel (c), Joao Guilherme, Valentin Roberge, Luis Olim; Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz, Heldon, Simao, Sami, Danilo Dias.
Subs: Wellington Lima (G), Joao Diogo, Marcio Rosario, Igor Rossi, Goncalo Abreu, Fidelis, Adilson.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano; Shola Ameobi (C).
Subs: Steve Harper (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Campbell