With the tie delicately balanced after a 1-1 draw in Athens, Newcastle United will attempt to reach the group stages of the Europa League tomorrow night, as Atromitos arrive on Tyneside. Ryan Taylor’s excellent free-kick gave the Geordies a potentially priceless away goal a week ago and the Magpies are favourites going into the clash.
In that time, Atromitos have begun their Greek league campaign and have won their one and only game so far, beating Kerkyra 2-0.
As the game falls just hours before the transfer window slams shut once again, Alan Pardew will be hoping to last the whole game without being interrupted by phone calls from top clubs after his star players, most notably the injured Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
Cabaye is expected to play some part of the game and could again be partnered by Vurnon Anita, who will be hoping to have a better game than he did against Chelsea last Saturday.
It will likely be a stronger Newcastle team than the one that lined up in Greece, with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse both expected to play some part. Adam Campbell may also be involved again, as he looks to make his maiden first team appearance in front of the St James’ Park crowd.
Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan and Romain Amalfitano are also hoping to be included as they try and push their way into Pardew’s first team plans, although Sammy and Shola Ameobi are both injured. Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson are doubtful.
The Magpies will not be clad in their traditional black and white shirts tomorrow, instead they will be kitted out in their new lime green third kit. Should Newcastle lose the game, it could well be the only time Geordie fans get to see it. Hopefully though, there will be many more nights where the third kit can be utilised.