GEN0015_FC_Metalist_NUFCWhen asked about Newcastle United’s opponents in the last 32 of the Europa League, Alan Pardew was very honest in terms of his knowledge;

“Not much really. I do know it’s a long journey, I’ve had a look at that, and they won their group, so it’s a tough agenda for us.

It’s a tough draw in terms of travel. The opposition I know very little about. I can’t comment on that until such time as we’ve done some studying”.

With 13 possible opponents though and nearly two months before we play them, there was no reason why he should have done his homework on them, plus they aren’t exactly a household name over here.

As the manager points out though, they finished above Bayer Leverkusen who are currently second top of the Bundesliga and so we could be in for a tough tie.

Thanks to Duncan Searle who pointed us in the direction of this footage when Metalist overwhelmed Rosenborg in a group match.

It will give Alan Pardew an inkling of what we face, look out for the first goal in particular!
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