Date: Thursday, 25th Oct.
Kick off: 8:05pm
Referee: Martin Hansson.
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League game at St James’ Park with Belgian table toppers, Club Brugge.
For some in depth information on the visitors, as well as all the usual team news and words from Alan Pardew about the kind of team he’ll be putting out and so on, you can consult our extensive match preview. As well as that, I will also be posting the teamsheets for the game when they become available. Though thanks to Alan Pardew, we can say that Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson will definitely be playing a role, with the Silver Supremo also saying that he will be fielding a “younger” team this evening. Here’s what he said:
“The team will be younger. I’m looking forward to seeing it. It’ll have a lot of energy, and we hope that’ll cause problems. It will be very similar to the one selected to play Bordeaux. That’s the best clue I can give you.”
On Sammy and Fergie, he also added:
“They are two players, I think, who can effect the first-team at this football club and take us forward as a club. It is a big game for them and they are training very, very well. We hope to see some fine performances from those two in particular tomorrow.” “We have to respect that Brugge are top of the league. We did that with Bordeaux and put a team out that was very strong, and the same will go for Brugge.”
Well here’s hoping that the youngsters will be up to the task, and we keep our position at the top of our group after our opening 0-0 draw against Maritimo, and our surprisingly easy 3-0 victory over second placed team, Girondins de Bordeaux! We are currently on 4 points, with Brugge and Bordeaux hot on out tails with 3 points and Maritimo propping up the group with a solitary point with that draw againnst the Magpies.
As you can see above, once again this Europa League match will be broadcast live in the UK on ESPN, as well as on other channels worldwide. However, for those of you who can’t get the game, I will also be posting some online links for the game in the comments section below so stay tuned!
Howay the lads!
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Steve Harper (G), Davide Santon, Steven Taylor (C), James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi.
Subs: Tim Krul (G), Fabricio Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba.
Club Brugge (4-3-3): Bojan Jorgacevic; Tom Hogli, Carl Hoefkens (c), Jordi, Bart Buysse; Vadis Odjidja, Jonathan Blondel, Jesper Jorgensen; Lior Refaelov, Carlos Bacca, Maxime Lestienne
Subs: Vladan Kujovic, Jannes Vansteenkiste, Bjorn Engels, Victor Vazquez, Thibaut van Acker, Ivan Trickovski, Bjorn Vleminckx.