Date: Thursday, 22nd November.
Kick off: 8:05pm
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland).
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feture for this evening’s Europa League game against the Madeirans of C.S. Maritmo.
With Newcastle United topping Group D with eight points, a win this evening would definitely see us through into the next round, However, if second placed Bordeaux with seven points win too, we would have to take it to the last game to find out who will top the group in the final reckoning, which could affect the strength of opposition we face in the next round.
On the other side, Maritimo, bottom of the group with only two points are just hanging on by the skin of their teeth now, and meed to go all out for two wins in their final two group games to stand any chance, so it would be no surprise if the Portuguese Men-o-War come out on the attack, as merely playing for a draw will get them nowhere now. However, for some in depth background to this evening’s game, may I suggest you check out my extensive match preview, which should tell you everything you need to know about this evening’s oppostion, and if that isn’t enough, you can also find some further background to the game in the previous pieces I wrote for our two legged battle here and here, which should be more than enough for anybody!
So for now, I will leave you with my usual reminders that I shall be updating this post with the team sheets for the match when they become available. As you can see above, the game will be screened on UK TV via ESPN, though once again, I shall also be posting some links for the game in the comments section below should you be unable to get it where you are, as well as highlights of the game, and possibly a whole match video if i can find one.
Which only leaves it for me to say
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Demba Ba.
Maritimo (4-3-3): Romain Salin; Joao Diogo, Valentin Roberge, Marcio Rosario, Ruben Ferreira; Joao Luiz, Rafael Miranda (C), David Simao, Danilo Dias, Adilson, Sami.
Substitutes: Ricardo, Luis Olim, Briguel, Rodrigo Antonio, Joao Guilherme, Ruben Brigido, Fidelis.