Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Thurs 14th February, 2013.
Kick off: 8.05pm.
Referee: Harald Hagen (Norway).
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League game against Ukraine’s Metalist Karkiv.
As you may know already Metalist are a pretty strong team who are genarally regarded as the being the “best of the rest” behind the two Ukrainian giants, Dynamo Kyiv and Shaktar Donetsk. Hence, they won’t be any pushover. One piece of good news for the Toon however is that Metalist have recently sold their own Brazilian Benny, Taison (an excellent driblling winger / forward), to their rivals at Donetsk. Chelsea made a move for him priginally, however the club was then taken over by someone who disliked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich so much, he preferred to sell him to one of his biggest rivals instead!
But moving on to our lot, Alan Pardew has given some strong indications that he will be fielding a strong side for this evening’s encounter now he has aquired his latest batch of French fancies to boost the squad. It won’t be long now so we’ll soon see! As usual, I will be posting the team sheets for the game when they are made available.
So that only leaves it for me to issue my usual reminder that though the game will be broadcast live on ESPN, I will also be posting some online links for the game, as well as posting highlights and hopefully a video of the whole game for those of you who can’t catch it live, or who may wish to watch it again.
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Danny Simpson, Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.
Metalist (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov (G), Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho, Edmar, Juan Manuel Torres, Marlos, Cleiton Xavier, Jose Ernesto Sosa (C), Jonathan Cristaldo.
Subs: Vladimir Disljenkovic (G), Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Shelayev, Sebastian Blanco, Jaja, Oleg Krasnopyorov, Willian.