Moussa Sissoko

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United will be hoping to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League when they take on Anzhi Makhachkala at St. James' Park on Thursday night (8.05pm kick-off).

The fixture is a Round of 16 second leg tie, with the sides currently locked together following last week's goalless draw in Moscow.

A result is needed on Tyneside, 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.

 

STAT ATTACK
Tonight's game is United's 132nd in Europe (108th in UEFA competitions) with FC Anzhi Makhachkala being the 178th different side United have met competitively. They are also United's 62nd different opponents in European football and the first Russian side to have played the Magpies.


TICKET UPDATE
Tickets are still available for Thursday's match, either in person at the Matchday Box Office all day or at Leazes West Corner Level 7 turnstiles 83-88 from 6.30pm. For more information, click here.


NEWCASTLE UNITED'S RECORD IN EUROPE
P131 W73 D28 L30 F218 A125


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle United - WDLWWD
Anzhi - LDDWDL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle United (v Stoke City, Premier League): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwan, Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 74); Cheick Tiote (Sylvain Marveaux 74), Yohan Cabaye; Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Adam Campbell 87); Papiss Cisse
Not used: Steve Harper, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan

Anzhi (v Mordovia Saransk, Russian Premier League): Vladmir Gabulov; Arseniy Logashov, Ewerton, Emir Spahic, Yuri Zhirkov; Lassana Diarra (Odil Ahmedov 75), Jucilei; Mbark Boussoufa (Fyodor Smolov 46), Samuel Eto'o, Oleg Shatov (Mehdi Carcela-Gonzales 46); Lacina Traore
Not used: Yevgeny Pomazan, Ali Gadzhibekov, Joao Carlos, Rasim Tagirbekov


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle United manager
: "It's quite simple: we need to win. If you're going to go through in a tie, you want to win. The agenda's in front of us, the emphasis is on us and we'll have 42,000 Geordies in here going mad. It's two really, really good sides but I have a strong feeling that we can win, and so will our fans, on the back of three home wins. We are going into it with good confidence."

Guus Hiddink, Anzhi manager: "We're happy to be in the last 16 and it would be a tremendous achievement for us to be in the last eight. If you see which teams are playing in the last eight, that's Champions League level. It's difficult and unpredictable to say whether the teams can go all the way. We like to go step by step and not think too much ahead, but if we could make the next step it would give a lot of prestige."


REFEREE
Deniz Aytekin (Germany) - 2012/13 record: 31 games, 125 yellow cards, 11 red cards


DID YOU KNOW?
United have utilised 33 different players in 11 Europa League games this season. Sylvain Marveaux and Gael Bigirimana have featured the most - nine times each.