By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

After another poor result against Swansea at the weekend, Newcastle will tomorrow look to their impressive European campaign as they attempt to find some form. The opposition are Maritimo, who are already out of the competition and have nothing to play for, so the home side will be heavy favourites despite their poor form.

The Portuguese side held the Magpies in the Group D opener earlier in the season but have failed to build on that start and haven’t won a game since. Domestically they’ve been poor too, only winning one of their six league games.
Alan Pardew knows that a win will secure qualification from the group and is expected to put out a similar team to the one Geordies have been used to seeing in Europe this season. That means the likes of Gael Bigirimana and Vurnon Anita are likely to start, while a couple of senior players will make up the starting XI.

Papiss Cisse will attempt to break his dire goal drought and Jonas Gutierrez should return from the knee injury he sustained in a clash with Yossi Benayoun in the West Ham game a fortnight ago. Fabricio Coloccini will also play, as his domestic suspension doesn’t count for European games. On the treatment table and not able to play are Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Xisco and Adam Campbell.

There are milestones to mark for Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi, as both will make their 200th starts for Newcastle should they be chosen, although Ameobi has a slight knock and may only make the bench.

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