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Quality Not Quantity Says Newcastle Mean Business In Ukraine

8 years ago

There was much speculation before the first leg against FC Metalist that Newcastle would leave out key players, only for Alan Pardew to play a full strength team.

FC Metalist Kharkiv v Newcastle United
Thursday 21 February 2013 6pm (live on ESPN)

Prior to the match in the Ukraine the general acceptance was that United were bound to leave players out with Southampton in mind, with even the manager saying you can’t expect players to play at their full capacity in both matches. However, Alan Pardew also has been hinting all week that he was going to keep the same defence that did so well against Kharkiv at St.James’ Park, only for Davide Santon to be the only first teamer left behind in Newcastle along with the returning from injury Ben Arfa.

So as we’ve found out previously, Alan Pardew is always capable of laying the odd false trail, the squad which travelled is;

Shola, Anita, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Cisse, Coloccini, Elliot, Gosling, Jonas, Haidara, Krul, Marveaux, Obertan, Perch, Simpson, Sissoko, (S) Taylor, Tiote, Mapou

With only 19 players taken to the Ukraine, I’m sure the manager hasn’t dragged the likes of Cabaye, Sissoko, Cisse and others for a bit of sightseeing. I confess I expected a good few to not make the journey and now a bit like the first leg I’m suddenly really looking forward to the match with real optimism.

Best Odds on Thursday’s match – (Prices Can Fluctuate)

Newcastle To Win 18/5
Sissoko To Score A Goal 5/1
NUFC To Lead At HT and FT 7/1

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