Mike Williamson

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Newcastle will be hoping to progress to the Europa League proper, when they entertain Greek side Atromitos in a qualifier for the competition on Thursday night.

Kick-off at the Sports Direct Arena is 8pm for the second leg of the fourth qualifying round tie, which currently stands at 1-1 after Ryan Taylor's free-kick cancelled out a Denis Epstein strike in Athens.

And you can follow all the action right here at nufc.co.uk, with our media team providing team news, live updates, a match report, reaction, photos and highlights from the fixture.

 

STAT ATTACK
Thursday's game is United's 122nd in Europe, with Atromitos being the 173rd different side the Magpies have met competitively. They are Newcastle's 57th different opponents in European football and the third Greek side to have played United, after Panionis and Olymkiakos.


TICKET NEWS
Tickets for the Atromitos fixture can be purchased on the gate on Thursday evening. Cash-only turnstiles will be open with the following in operation: Gallowgate West Corner 68-69-70; Sir John Hall West Corner Level Two 10-11-12; Sir John Hall Upper Tier 29-30. For more infomation, click here.


NEWCASTLE UNITED'S RECORD IN EUROPE
P121 W69 D23 L29 F209 A120


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Atromitos - WDWWWW
Newcastle - LDWLWD


LAST LINE-UP
Atromitos (v Kerkyra, Super Legue): Charles Itandje; Ioanis Skondras (c), Sokratis Fytanidis, Eustathios Tavlaridis, Konstantios Giannoulis; Matias Iglesias; Elini Dimoutsos, Marinaldo Chumbinho (Sebastian Pitu Garcia 65), Athanasios Karagounis (Panagiotis Mpallas 86), Denis Epstein (Nikola Beljic 65); Anastasios Karamanos

Newcastle (v Chelsea, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Ryan Taylor 64), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Sylvain Marveaux 74); Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77), Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse


TEAM NEWS
Atromitos -
Manager Dusan Bajevic has no injury concerns ahead of the fixture and has a full squad to select from, with defender Nikolaos Lazaridis returning from a domestic suspension.

Newcastle - Hatem Ben Arfa serves the second of a three-game European ban, dating back to his time at Marseiles, while Shola Ameobi, Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson are all ruled out through injury. Manager Alan Pardew is expected to tinker with his personnel once again, giving members of his squad a run-out.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Dusan Bajevic, Atromitos manager: "This is still alive. We won't go to Newcastle with our hands up"

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Last week we got what I thought was a positive result in real intense heat. It won't be that in Newcastle, that's for sure. Our energy levels can go up, we will have to be patient, pass the ball and make sure we are educated in how we find solutions to get the win."


REFEREE
Stephan Studer (Switzerland) - 2012/13 record: 6 games, 29 yellow cards, no red cards


DID YOU KNOW?
United are on a 19-game unbeaten run at home in the UEFA Cup, with their last defeat on Tyneside in the competition coming against Monaco in 1997.