After a general consensus amongst the fans that the club were just going to let this competition drift away, much as they did with the Capital One and FA Cups.
Now though Alan Pardew has come out fighting and insisted that Newcastle are going all out to try and win the competition.
The Chronicle had earlier revealed that the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye will all play on Thursday night, then the manager backed up his previous ‘strong side’ comments with very bullish remarks about Newcastle having a right go.
Pardew also commented at his pre-match press conference that the recent consecutive wins against Villa and Chelsea have given a much better platform by putting a little daylight between ourselves and the relegation zone. The manager also pointing to the post-January stronger squad giving Newcastle a better chance of competing in the Europa League.
If United can overcome Metalist then that would take them into the last 16 and only three rounds away from the final in Amsterdam.
With Newcastle now very publicly saying they are going to have a serious go, I was really surprised to see that you can still get 33/1 on NUFC to win the Europa League, you can bet each way as well and you would get half the odds (16.5) on the other half of your each way bet.
I’m also surprised to see NUFC at a very decent 6/5 to win tomorrow night, I’ll be having a bet on both and dreaming of Amsterdam!
(Prices can fluctuate up and down)