Sylvain Marveaux and Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United will be hoping to qualify for the last 16 stage of the Europa League when they take on Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine on Thursday night (6pm kick-off GMT).

The fixture is a Round of 32 second leg tie, with the sides currently locked together following last week's goalless draw on Tyneside.

Metalist have only lost twice at home all season - both in their domestic league - while United have picked up three draws on their travels in Europe this term.

A result is needed at the Metalist Stadium so the away goals rule will come into play at the end of 90 minutes and, potentially, the end of extra-time, with a penalty shoot-out also in the frame if no goals are scored throughout 120 minutes.


Thursday's game is United's 130th in Europe (106th in UEFA Competitions) with Metalist Kharkiv the 177th different side the Magpies have met competitively. They are only the second Ukranian side to have faced Newcastle, after four games against Dynamo Kiev in 1997/98 and 2002/03.

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(Last six games - all competitions)

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Metalist Kharkiv (v Newcastle United, Europa League): Olexandr Goryainov; Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Edmar, Juan Manuel Torres; Marlos (Willian 73), Cleiton Xavier, Jose Ernesto Sosa; Jonathan Cristaldo (Jaja 82)
Not used: Vladimir Disljenkovic, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Shelayev, Sebastian Blanco, Oleg Krasnopyorov

Newcastle United (v Metalist Kharkiv, Europa League): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Shola Ameobi 79), Yohan Cabaye; Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 62), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Not used: Rob Elliot, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita

Metalist Kharkiv - Manager Myron Markevych could name an unchanged side from last week's first leg, with a clean bill of health for his Metalist squad.

Newcastle - Regular left-back Davide Santon has not travelled to Ukraine for the tie, so Massadio Haidara could make his Magpies debut. Midfielder Dan Gosling is included in a near full-strength squad for the first time since injuring ankle ligaments back October. Hatem Ben Arfa is back in full training following hamstring complaint but this fixture comes too soon for the Frenchman. Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain sidelined.

Myron Markevych, Metalist Kharkiv manager:
"We both still have an equal chance. We still think we can go through, but so will they. I only know how my team play. But we are trying to win of course. It depends on our opponents but we always play with an offensive outlook."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle United manager: "The atmosphere will probably be the first time we really experience a hostile crowd in this competition. But we have players who have played on the international stage and are used to that scenario, so I don't envisage a problem. If I put my best team up against any team in this competition, I would feel confident."

Serge Gumienny (Belgium) - 2012/13 record: 27 games, 98 yellow cards, 8 red cards

United have utilised 30 different players in nine Europa League games this season.