Alan Pardew’s flew out to Greece on Wednesday with a nineteen man squad (see below) and with clearly Chelsea in mind, the manager has selected a mixture of few first team certainties and squad players, the starting eleven;
Harper, Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Bigirimana, Anita, Obertan,Gosling, Marveaux, Cisse
Pardew has resisted temptation to play teen sensation Adam Campbell from start and big news is Papiss Cisse will lead from the front.
Romain Amalfitano, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson
Newcastle United march back into Europe tonight after a five year break and some interesting (!) times in that period.
Our opponents in the two-legged Europa League Fourth Qualifying Round are Greek side Atromitos FC from Athens and the match kicks off at their 10,000 capacity stadium at
8pm local time (6pm Uk time), when incidentally the temperatures will still be in the thirties!.
For those at home, you’ll be able to watch it on Premier Sports (Sky TV channel 428)….or hopefully your local pub.
The following five matches have already been confirmed as televised live, with no doubt many more to follow.
A big interest (leaving aside the all important result for the moment) for the majority who haven’t seen him as yet, could be the likely appearance of teenage striking sensation Adam Campbell at some point.
After scoring a first half hat-trick against their Spurs rivals at the weekend, what better time to blood him on the European stage.
I think most of us will be expecting a relatively comfortable passage through to the group stage but I’m sure Alan Pardew will not be complacent in any way.
Always potential danger when facing a team you know little about but surely Newcastle should have too much for them over the two legs and fingers crossed, put it away tonight. Especially as a tribute to those who have made the expensive journey from Tyneside.
Chelsea (A) – Saturday, 25th August but also moved to a 5.30pm kick-off (ESPN)
Everton (A) – Monday 17th September 8pm (was Sat 15th Sept) (SKY)
Manchester United (H) – Sunday 7th October 4pm (was Sat 6th Oct) (SKY)
Mackems (A) – Sunday 21st October 1.30pm (was Sat 20th Oct) (SKY)
Liverpool (A) – Sunday 4th November 4pm (was Sat 3rd Nov) (SKY)