Tonight is the night Newcastle United can ensure the world remembers their 2012/13 season as that of a spectacular Europa League run, rather than a nine month long domestic car crash.

The Geordies take on Anzhi Makhachkala in the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16, after the first clash ended goalless in Eastern Europe. Should Alan Pardew’s side overcome the oil-rich Russians, it would go down as one of the most memorable nights on Tyneside in recent history.

Newcastle will be without star man Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been ruled out with another injury setback. The French winger was expected to start the game after being rested against Stoke, but Alan Pardew has confirmed he will be without his key man once again.

Papiss Cisse will lead the line after returning from illness to score at the weekend, while Shola Ameobi is back after missing the first leg as a precaution.

Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy are ineligible after appearing in Europe for Bordeaux and Lille respectively, while Haris Vuckic and Ryan Taylor are still injured.

Pardew will choose between Massadio Haidara and Davide Santon for the left-back slot, after the Frenchman turned in a series of impressive performances in the Europa League this season. Rob Elliot will continue in goal after keeping his first-ever clean sheet for Newcastle in the first leg. Steve Harper is set to return to bench duty on his 38th birthday, with rookie Jak Alnwick dropping from the squad.

Anzhi will welcome back playmaker Mbark Boussoufa, who missed the first leg through suspension. Star man Willian – who lasted only half an hour in the first leg before being injured – is expected to miss out.

Guus Hiddink’s side are second in the Russian league – five points behind CSKA Moscow – and had a poor result at the weekend. Anzhi were beaten away at Mordovia Saransk – who moved off the bottom of the table with the three points.

One positive statistic for Newcastle is that Anzhi haven’t won away from home since the Europa League proper began. Before that, they were unbeaten away in the qualifying rounds but hardly tested against the likes of Honved FC, Vitesse Arnhem and AZ Alkmaar.

Newcastle will be backed by a roaring crowd at St James’ Park, with tickets being sold at just £15. If the atmosphere is rocking and the team are up for the challenge, then we could be set for a huge night on Tyneside.