Newcastle United will play Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League Round of 32. Should the Magpies overcome Kharkiv, a clash against either Russian moneybags Anzhi or German side Hannover awaits.

The draw could have been a lot worse for Alan Pardew’s men, as Tottenham found out when they drew French powerhouses Lyon, but Metalist should not be underestimated by the Toon Army. Unbeaten at home throughout the group stages and with a hostile home behind them, they will fancy their chances if they can continue their impressive home form.

The Geordies will be at home in the first leg and must turn in an impressive performance if they are to set themselves up for victory. Metalist will have noted Newcastle’s poor away form and will not be ready to roll over for the Magpies.

Kharkiv will travel to Tyneside on February 14th for a Valentine’s Day showdown, before the return leg one week later.
The Round of 16 will commence on March 7th and should Newcastle make it there, they will be travelling first. Russia or Germany would be the destination, depending on who triumphs in the Anzhi vs. Hannover clash.

Anzhi will be favourites for the tie, but Luciano Spalletti’s men will have to be on form if they are to beat Hannover, who have former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf in their ranks. Anzhi seen off Liverpool in the group stages thanks to Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore’s goal and his impressive 6’8” frame will have to be monitored closely by whoever he faces.

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    Newcastle v Kharkiv Metalist
    Hi from Kharkov ,
    I am Englishman working and living in kharkov which is in Ukraine , not Russia. I have been here for many years now and there is a good expat community in the city. I am married to a local lady and our business is 10 years old.
    The city hosted the Euro 2012 championships this summer , which was fantastic. We had Holland play all their matches at the new Metalist stadium. Thousands of Euros were spent on improvements to the city for the 2 week championship and it went off very well.
    I own an apartment rental business in the city and we had 110 Dutch fans staying with us , there was no trouble and they all had a great time.
    15,000 Dutch fans stayed in kharkov for the 2 weeks and the atmosphere was electric . You can see lots of photos by searching google , or looking at our website ; and Facebook page ;….
    Flights to kharkov is quite easy , look for Borispol Kiev , then internal flight to kharkov ( Kharkiv )
    Or to Vienna then on to Kharkov , using Austrian Airways.
    A cheaper option is to Istanbul , then Pegasus to kharkov.
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    Hotels in kharkov are either very expensive , or old soviet style and rubbish . It was a big problem for the Euro 2012 . We have over 30 apartments , all in the city centre . Apartment renting is big business in Ukraine , because of the quality and cost of hotels.
    The really good hotels are Kharkov Palace and the Kharkov Superior Golf Resort. I know both of the owners of these 5 star hotels , they are excellent , but are expensive. If anyone knows a connection with the team , then I can put them in direct contact with the hotel Management . The Holland team stayed at the Kharkov Superior Golf Resort Hotel , so did the English Heavy Rock Band Uriah Heep , when they came over to play at a private party for the Governor .
    Kharkov is a 2.5 million people city , with 11 universities . It is the second city of Ukraine and was once the capital city. It was a very important city during the Soviet era and it is a huge industrial city.
    Because of the number of students at university , the city is full of the most beautiful young ladies. They even wear high heels in the winter , whilst walking on the ice , it really is quite a sight.
    Ukraine is well known all over the world for its beautiful ladies and dating websites and we have guys coming from all over the world everyday of the year to visit the ladies that they have met on line.
    The weather will be very cold in February , so expect temperatures of -10/15 degrees. I have experienced -30 degrees before.
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