Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Thurs 14th March, 2013.
Kick off: 8.05pm.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany).
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League (home) second leg against Dagestan’s finest, the Guus Hiddink managed Anzhi Makhachkala.
With the first leg in Russia ending as a 0-0 bore draw, even a draw would see us through to the quarter finals, as long as it is a score draw. However it shouldn’t be forgotten that the last time we were in Europe, we fell at this very hurdle to another Dutch old master, Louis van Gaal. His AZ Alkmaar side knocked us out on penalties after the the two legs ended 4-4 on aggregate. He hoping we don’t see a repeat of that!
Speaking in the run up to the game, Hiddink was full of the usual pre match compliments, giving his thumbs up for the new style Newcastle. He said of the team:
“From what I saw in the last games, I respect the way they are playing. It’s not a waiting team – it’s a team full of initiative – and that’s a team people like to see. That’s why we play football – for people to enjoy the team.”
He obviously missed the games before the end of January then!
But anyway, I will crack on with my usual reminders as the 8.05 pm kick off approaches as time waits for no man! So, rest assured that I will be posting the full team sheets, as well as links to watch the game online for those of you who can’t watch it on ESPN, who will be broadcasting the match live in the UK this time. Besides that, I will also be posting match highlights, as well as a video of the whole game when it’s all over. Which only leaves it for me to say
Howay the Lads!
And gan’n check to see if the teams are out yet.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot (G), Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haïdara, Vurnon_Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (C), Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi.
Anzhi Makhachkala (4-3-3): Vladimir Gabulov (G), Andrei Eschenko, Ewerton, Joao Carlos, Yuri Zhirkov, Odil Ahmedov, Lassana Diarra, Jucilei, Mbark Boussoufa, Samuel Eto’o (c), Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez
Subs: Evgeni Pomazan (G), Rasim Tagirbekov, Arseni Logashov, Kamil Agalarov, Oleg Shatov, Fedor Smolov, Lacina Traore.