Paços de Ferreira vs Newcastle United match banter!
Posted on July 23rd, 2013 | 349 Comments |
Venue: Estádio da Mata Real, Paços de Ferreira, Portugal.
Date: Tues 23rd July, 2013.
Kick off: 8.00pm.
Referee: Jorge Sousa.
UK TV: None.
Well this lot will certainly be no pushovers, and should be an even stiffer teat than our last Portuguese opponents, Rio Ave, and they beat us 3-1!
Although they only play before around 5,000 fans at their own stadium (and that’s for a big game), Pacos de Ferreira, or the “Beavers” as they are known were third in last season’s Portuguese Primeira Liga behind Benfica and Porto. Although the latter teams were miles ahead (23 and 24 points) of this evening’s opponents and the rest of the chasing pack, it is still some achivement to beat the likes of Braga (our next opponents), not to mention the fading giants of Sporting. Hence, if they show up and decide to really have a go, our Silver Supremo is going to have to up his game somehow.
Most of the squad went out days ago with one or two others like Haidara joining the team later. Below is what should be the complete 24 man Newcastle United who are out there currently:
Tim Krul (G), Rob Elliot (G), Jak Alnwick (G), Davide Santon, Massdio Haidara, Paul Dummett, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mathieu Debuchy, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Campbell.
Of course, one big miss for Newcastle United is our top goalscorer, Papiss Cisse, who has not travelled out there with the rest of the squad and remains on Tyneside getting his fitness levels up for the coming season.
On the injury front, Shola Ameobi’s wrist had been a worry after the abovementioned Rio Ave game where Shola scored our consolation goal in the 3-1 defeat. However everything now seems to look much better on that front now and he could feature, or he might just be rested just in case. We’ll see soon!
Well, I think I will leave it there for now, except for my usual reminders that I will be posting any links for the game I can find in due course, along with the teamsheets for the game as well. After the game I will also try to get some highlights up for all you lucky people if I can, which only leves it for me to say:
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
Subs: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Adam Campbell.
Pacos de Ferreira (4-2-3-1): Antonio Filipe (G), Tony, Ruben, Roberto Dias, Helder Lopes; Andre Leao, Anunciacao (C), Manuel Jose, Sergio Oliveira, Caetano, Jaime Poulson.
Subs: Matias Draga (G), Freitas, Vitor, Christian Irobiso, Rui Miguel, Hurtado, Nuno Santos, Ricardo, Fernando Neto, Rodrigo Antonio, Gino Guerrero, Sousa, Eridson.