Club Brugge v Newcastle – Europa League match preview

Jan Breydel Stadium
Newcastle head to Belgium tomorrow evening when they travel to Club Brugge and their 29,042 capacity Jan Breydel Stadium knowing that a win on Belgian turf will be enough to secure passage into the knockout stages of the competition and ensure we have European football on the calendar in 2013.

Club Brugge lost against us at St James’ Park two weeks ago and although the score was only 1-0 to the home side on the night, the performance suggested that it was just about one of the most comfortable 1-0 wins I’ve seen in a while. Brugge did threaten on occasion but not enough to really justify getting anything out of the game.

In the build up to that game, Brugge arrived on Tyneside joint top of the Belgian Pro League having just suffered their first league defeat of the season. That was compounded by the defeat to us before they then went on to lose the next four of their domestic fixtures which has seen them plummet to 8th position in the table and part company with coach Georges Leekens.

Ex-Coventry City defender Philippe Clement will take charge of Club Brugge on a temporary basis. Clement was capped 38 times by Belgium and made 256 appearances for our opponents during a 10-year stint at the club as a player. Clement had been working as reserve coach before being called into action to deputise for the departed Leekens.

Newcastle:



Newcastle will be without Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba, who have both been left on Tyneside in the hope of recovering for the visit of West Ham on Sunday after withdrawing prematurely against Liverpool. Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic and Ryan Taylor are all still out.

Rob Elliot has returned to training and is fit to feature.

The big news though is likely to be the inclusion of our two naughty boys in Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote, both serving three game domestic bans for red card indiscretions against Liverpool and Sunderland respectively and both being kept match sharp in the Europa League.

Final thought…

It has already been suggested that we are likely to see a “weaker” side once more in Europe, and you can’t really argue against that at the moment as they have been doing the business and have got us to the verge of qualification. However I’m pleased they will be joined by senior heads such as Cheik Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini, just to give us that bit of stability and experience more than anything else.

As mentioned earlier, a win would see us qualify for the round of 32, but a draw also wouldn’t be a bad result away from home. Sure it would be nice to get it all wrapped up as early as possible but avoiding defeat is the main priority for me and anything else is a bonus which I’ll gladly take with both hands.

Howay the lads!

Date: Thursday, 8th November, 2012

Time: 6pm UK time – Live on ESPN

Venue: Jan Breydel Stadium, Brugge, Belgium

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72 thoughts on “Club Brugge v Newcastle – Europa League match preview

  1. now they have a new manager might just make this that bit harder imo,try the ajax way,it was a joy to watch there players gave 100% effort really it was 10 against 11 as babbel is useless they attacked as a team and defended as a team, hope we give the same effort 😉

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  2. Good read Toonsy 😉 😀
    Ice as usual your talking sense, although with Colo and Tiote we should be strong enough to get atleast a drw if not a win 😉

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  3. I’d be happy with a point, owa the moon with 3…. a good performance would be canny too.
    Why’s the Dutch league table in the right hand column of the page? 😕

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  4. I always fear clubs that don’t have manager…or have a new manager. A win would nealry ensure us gettingout of the group but a point would be a good result.

    As for Collo/Tiote, I guess there is a bright side to league suspensions…

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  5. Ah ,The new manager syndrome strikes again 🙄 Will we see the same quality of play from them or will they turn it on for the new man in charge 😕 .Whatever ,still see a win for us ,famous last words eh. 😉

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  6. Ice – I watched the Ajax game last night and I reckon we were chasing the wrong De Jong bro in the summer. Siem De Jong looked shit hot last night!.
    Also saw some of the Shalke game and they looked mustard as well.

    In terms of NUFC v Brugge.
    Thanks to our injury list, I don’t suppose Pardew will have many selection headaches.
    I really hope that Pardew looks at this game, not as 3 points but as a way of preparing some of our squad players for forthcoming EPL games.
    I wouldn’t normally write games off, and I still think we could get something from it but I’d probably look to line up:

    ————- Elliott ————
    Tav – Willo – Good – Fergie
    —– Anita —– Bigi ———
    — Oba —- Abied — Marv
    ———— Campbell ———

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  7. Sharpy…Is Colo injured? if not I reckon him and Tiote will be starters as they can’t play in the prem and so it’ll add experience and more importantly keep their match fitness up.

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  8. 😳 😆 Richie – forgot about our bad boys.

    Yeah you’re right mate. I’d put Colo in place of Willo and still give Good a run out.
    I’d maybe give Anita a break and play Tiote and Bigi in the middle of that team, and give Bigi the game time.

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  9. Sharpy-Definitely agree with that, Siem as an attacking midfielder would surely have been much nicer on the wing of a 4-3-3 rather than a striker like Luuk who would have meant Ba or Cisse or both on the wings perhaps, or one not playing and 4-4-2 😕

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  10. Mark Douglas ‏@MsiDouglas
    History for #nufc tomorrow night with Shola and Sammy to start together (for definite this time, according to AP).

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  11. Yeah aod Xisco in the squad due to his hatrick in raw reserves a few week back. Hopefully for the lad he might get a chance and we can actually get a few games from him over the season

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  12. With the Ameobis starting Brugge won’t know what hit em! Their defence will have no chance of predicting our attacks.

    Well, either that or we’ll be playing with 9 men for most of the time while they’re sat on their arses :mrgreen:

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  13. 3HW – personally I reckon that would be a mistake. He already knows what he has with the Ameobi boys, and if either pick up a silly injury then it will screw his selection options even further.
    I’d far soon see some of the young uns shown some faith and told to just go and do it. Win, loose or draw – enjoy yaselfs

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  14. AngelOfDeath says:
    November 7, 2012 at 16:46
    So i heard Xisco travelled with the team.
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    The club probably hopes to leave him there…

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  15. SHARPY,aye your reet there he seemed on fire they all played well i was impressed with there c/h who played at l/b but i think at 12 mil quoted for him we can forget him,still felt a wee bit sorry for them as babbel hid most of the game lets just hope we put as much effort in mate then i would be a happy bunny 😉

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  16. I think Campbell has been injured Sharpy and we have never started Abeid in Europe especially with the struggling Marveaux beside him. I could see Obertan on right wing and possibly Fergie on left. Wouldn’t be surprised if it is Bigi with Tiote in the middle giving the back 4 decent cover. I like your call about Siem de Jong but he got wonderful service from the corners as well. Will we dip into the owner’s purse in January. If we are slipping further down the table I think it will be essential. Listen to the wise old heads of Big Dave and Icedog and you can’t go far wrong either. 😉

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  17. I see Ranger escaped fairly well from his latest scrape with the law saying he feared his ex-girlfriend had been kidnapped so he broke down her door to come to the rescue. So he actually managed to get himself out of bed to try to save her? Is there any hope he will settle and work on his football and does he even deserve another chance from us? Since we’re paying him 3.5 K per week I suppose so although I think Pardew has written him off. Once Campbell is fit again he will get the chances Ranger could have had hopefully.

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  18. GeordieTwo says:
    November 7, 2012 at 18:02
    I see Ranger escaped fairly well from his latest scrape with the law saying he feared his ex-girlfriend had been kidnapped so he broke down her door to come to the rescue……
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    So he used the old “I’m Batman” excuse? 😆

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  19. I’d be tempted to use Shola and Cisse as I think Shola could definitely help kickstart Cisse by creating more chances for him per game to score some real goals, but at the same time we’ll probably need Cisse for the weekend, maybe even to lead the line, so if that’s the case then he should probably be rested…be interested to see what formation we play.

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  20. Reet … FC Bayern up against Lille tonight. I’m curious to see how Debuchy holds up against the Robben / Ribery onslaught….

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  21. 1 – 0 Bayern Schweini….

    If Debuchy is happy to sit tight with this lot then he needs his heed looked at … 🙄

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  22. 2 – 0 Bayern…Pizzarro…

    Yellow card Debuchy for a gay foul on Robben…

    There is no way Debuchy will be at Lille after Chrimbo, they are useless…

    Pleasantly surprised at how well Debuchy defends, he has really fast feet, and has done ok so far against Ribery, which is saying something… 😉

    He hasn’t had a chance to get forward yet ….. 🙄

    Ooops 3 – 0 FC Bayern after 23 minutes … 😯

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  23. GEORDIETWO @ 20 I hope your not trying to say im that old compared to some on here I am but Ice 😯 he’s twice my age 😀

    GROUCHO @ 25 yeah but that doesn’t matter he scored against the mackems so that makes him a super striker 😆

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  24. Kimtoon, not really….. They are getting absolutely battered. I’ve never sen such a poor team as Lille, they are garbage….

    It could have been 8 -0 at the end of the first half … 😯

    If Debuchy stays at Lille after this then goodness knows.
    From what I’ve seen of him so far he’d fit in well at the Toon, seems fast with good feet…

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  25. from BBC live text:

    “Great save again, as Fraser Forster keeps out a Lionel Messi shot with a strong left hand. He is some keeper”

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  26. I think I read something this morning about Ferguson, Sammy, Shola, and Cisse all penciled in to start tomorrow. That would be some kind of balls-filled lineup. It was probably just speculation from a journo, as I could never see Pardew play that many attacking players from the start at once

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  27. C’mon the hoops, glad for me bhoys to do well. Wanayama is beast, next Yaya Toure. The second Celtic goal was scored by a 18 sub, what a night it’ll be for him.

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  28. To be fair, the club would have found it almost impossible to get a big fee for our “3rd” choice keeper and there was no chance of Forster coming back to be No2, so it was either sell him to Celtic for a low fee or sell Krul to another club for more and have Forster as No1… it’s shit for us as he’s a good keeper, therein lays the danger of loaning players out for long periods, where they’ll be number 1….especially if they are at big clubs and getting Euro footy 😕

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  29. We made a right f-ck selling Forster for such a low amount, he’s probably gunna be sold to some EPL club for 12-15m.

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  30. Richie
    Spurs have two world class keepers, why can’t we.
    We could’ve loaned him out for another year and then seen if we was worthy of no2 and if so, keep him and use him in the many cup games and league if Krul is unavailable or playing poorly.

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  31. Andy…he wouldn’t have come back to be number 2 imo, thats why…..and they ain’t got 2 world class keepers imo either 😉

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  32. And as for Spurs, you can’t see Friedel lasting much more than another season, although credit to him he’s still doing well. It’s just handy for them that they can ease Lloris in whilst not having to rely on him.

    If we’d had Krul and Forster we could have had them both for, potentially, 20 years 😯

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  33. Newkie…Aye, I think if the club thought they could keep them both happy, they would have tried.I said a couple of years ago when he’d been at Norwich then went to Celtic we’d have probs with the keepers, it’s a real shame but that’s football. 🙁

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  34. Kim-There’s no way in hell he’ll replace Hart, not from what I’ve seen of him (which to be fair, hasn’t been a lot recently.) Even then, I think he’d have to be in the PL before they’d consider him…unless Hart got injured anyway.

    Richie-yeah true enough. Still a shame we couldn’t have gotten more for him, but after his few odd performances for us, and even his loan to Celtic most people on here seemed to think he was shit, I suppose the club weren’t much different.

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  35. I think it great to see Forster do well. Harper suffered being No. 2 so I wouldn’t wish it on Forster.

    As for money, look at how much we sold Given for. Goalies save matches but aren’t valued accordingly. If you were into Moneyball then you would be buying the best Goalie you could as they are the best value position in the field.

    Who knows, there may be a sell-on clause for Forster? 😉

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  36. Griff
    Knowing Llambias there probably is a massive sell on clause, money for appearances for England and maybe even a buy-back clause for say £4/5m.

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  37. Andy…hopefully there’s a sell on clause, it would make sense….that’s where Delboy falls short tho 😆

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  38. Afternoon all.

    Been nightshifts so just catching up with it all.
    I was reading through the Sun on my bait last night and there was a canny little article from Debuchy. He has openly said that he was desperate to join Newcastle and that he was speaking with toon reps and that offers were made. He fully holds the Lille board responsible for the deal not going through, and is very hopeful that a deal could still be done.
    I was heavily critical of the board on this deal, and I’m still not completely convinced that our board aren’t flexible enough when it comes to new recruits. But, on this deal I’m sure Debuchy and his agent will have had a better insight into this deal, and it suggests that Lille were pissing us about. So I guess I apologies for the bad things I said about the boards failings, they can only be expected to jump through so many hoops.

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  39. Sharpy-Interesting stuff that, good of you to apologise too! Although there’s no need, they’re still twats like 😆 Does make interesting reading though, I know you definitely weren’t alone if you thought the club had no intention of bringing him or were deliberately lowballing and let Cabaye and Debby down

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  40. On today’s news, it’s weird to hear Pardew talk about Xisco, but I hope he plays him at some stage tonight. Get it out the way and see what he really has to offer.

    Just been watching the Celtic highlights. Really well done to them, and to Frazer Forster. I wouldn’t swap him for Krul, so I’m not bitter he went, but I’m pleased he’s doing well.
    Tom Watt looks like he’s going to be a cracking little goal scorer as well. He’s got a couple already this season without getting a real run of games.
    The fans were fantastic as well, 2nd best in the world I’d reckon.

    Looking forward to tonight now though … HWTL.

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  41. Newkie – I’m happy to back down if I’m proven wrong, or there’s enough to suggest I was wrong. The board makes poor decisions but it has also done good things too and both have to be equally acknowledged. As I say mate, I’m still not sure that Dekka and his team work as hard as they should to get deals done, but on this occasion it looks like Lille didn’t want to play.
    Can’t imagine they’ll be too happy about him voicing his desire to leave Lille the day before a CL tie against Bayern Munich either like 😆

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  42. Sharpy-Yeah, there’s no doubt we’re hard people to deal with and Dekka must have pissed everyone at Lille off when he was mouthing off about how we got Cabaye so cheaply from them, so maybe they thought it was payback time.

    Still, I always felt it was Lille who were moving the goalposts and they’ve played a dangerous game by making him stay. He said he wanted away plenty enough back then, and it didn’t sound like the usual stuff players would say to get themselves a better contract…Serves them right, no wonder they got thrashed if their captain for the evening wanted to leave 😆

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  43. Sharpy ,After Lilles display last night ,I should imagine he’s more eager than ever to leave for the Toon 😉 ,let’s hope a deal can be reignited at some point ,as it looks like Simmo won’t be signing a new contract any time soon. 😉

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  44. Newkie – I don’t think the Hazard deal helped either like. I think it probably left Lille with euro signs in their eyes. I reckon Chelsea were more desperate to land Hazard than we were to land Debuchy and as such were probably more willing to offer the earth. I suppose similar to Lpools pursuit of Carroll. They maybe expected us just to agree to their demands and didn’t expect Dekkas stubbornness.

    Kim – I get the feeling, reading the Debuchy article last night, that if we go back in for him with an offer of around the original £4m then we’d get him to be honest. I get the feeling Pardew still fancies him, and I do think he’d be an improvement on Simmo (no offence to him).
    I also get the feeling Pieters is a player Pardew would still love to sign if he could stay fit. But I may be wrong of course.

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  45. Andy – just checked Wiki and he’s born 28th July 1985, so 28 in the summer. You’re right though, he’s older than normal but I think with Tav coming through it may work out well, and I think Tav could develop his game on Debuchys

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  46. To be fair, both Ba and Cisse are 27 as well.Personally I don’t really buy the clubs talk of plans much, I think they decide on a 1 to 1 basis and that’s probably the best way of doing it. Still, I don’t see us ever making a profit on him given he’ll be possibly playing his peak years here. There aren’t many sought after full backs past their 30s..

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