Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
Date: Thurs 7th March, 2013.
Kick off: 5.00pm.
Referee: István Vad (Hungary).
UK TV: ITV 4.
Hello, good afternoon / evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for Newcastle United’s latest Europa League game, this time against Dagestan’s Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.
Perhaps the two largest bits of team news for this encounter are that Cisse will be out with some kind of virus, and that Captain Colo has really done his back in something rotten trying to do that fancy bicycle kick against Southampton the game before last. He is back in Argentina and will be out for much longer than was initially suspected. You can see below the 19 man squad that Alan Pardew has taken to Moscow, where Anzhi have to play all their home games despite it being over 1000 miles from their home. This is due to Dagestan being a notorious haven for Mafia crime and terrorism.
The 19 who have flown to Moscow.
Rob Elliot (G), Jak Alnwick (G), Danny Simpson (D), Steven Taylor (D), Mapou Yanga M’Biwa (D), Davide Santon (D), Massadio Haïdara (D), James Perch (M, D), Vurnon Anita (M, D), Cheick Tiote (M), Gael Bigirimana (M), Dan Gosling (M), Yohan Cabaye (M), Moussa Sissoko (M), Hatem Ben Arfa (M), Sylvain Marveaux (M), Gabriel Obertan (M), Shola Ameobi (F), Adam Campbell (F).
I will also be updating this piece with the official team sheets when they are available.
Anzhi Makhachkala and Newcastle United’s previous record in this year’s Europa League (most recent first).
Anzhi Makhachkala: D|W|L|W|W|L|W|D|W|W P10, W6, D2, L2.
Newcastle United: W|D|L|D|D|W|W|D|W|D P10, W4, D5, L1.
Although this game will be broadcast live on ITV 4 in the UK, I will also be posting links to watch the game online for those who can’t watch ITV 4, as well as posting highlights and a full match video when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Anzhi Makhachkala (4-2-3-1): Vladimir Gabulov (G), Andrey Eschenko, Joao Carlos, Ewerton, Yuri Zhirkov; Jucilei da Silva, Lassana Diarra; Odil Ahmedov, Willian, Oleg Shatov, Samuel Eto’o (C).
Subs: Evgeniy Pomazan (G), Rasim Tagirbekov, Arseny Logashov, Ali Gadzhibekov, Carcela-Gonzalez, Fedor Smolov, Lacina Traore.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Massadio Haidara, Yohan Cabaye (C), Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa,
Subs: Jak Alnwick (G), Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi.