Europa League: Metalist Kharkiv v Newcastle United match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Europa League fixture at the Metalist Stadium

Metalist are currently in their winter break and last week’s match was their first game since 6 December. They sit fourth in the Ukrainian league and are only two points behind second-placed Dnipro. Metalist are aiming to reach the round of 16 for a third time.

Visitors Newcastle will be looking for a crucial away goal after the first leg at Tyneside finished 0-0. Alan Pardew’s side are currently languishing in 16th place in the Premier League and it has been suggested that their involvement in the Europa League has contributed to their poor league form.


KICK-OFF: Thursday, 6pm



Newcastle United 0 Metalist Kharkiv 0, Europa League, Round of 32, February 2013



Metalist have lost just once in 11 European home games, winning seven and drawing three, with their only reverse being a 1-0 defeat to Olympiakos in last season’s round of 16.

Group K winners Metalist have finished European games strongly this season, with five of their nine group stage goals being scored between the 75 minute and the final whistle.

Metalist’s only previous games against an English club came in the first round of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup when they drew 1-1 at Everton before dramatically losing the second leg 3-2.

Newcastle have not won any of their last five European away games, with three draws and two defeats during that run.

Newcastle’s previous experience of Ukrainian opposition is four Champions League games against Dynamo Kiev. The Magpies won both of the home games but drew one and lost one in Ukraine.

Newcastle, who were runners up in Group D, have reached the round of 32 for the first time since the competition became the Europa League. They also made it through both their attempts at the UEFA Cup group stage in 2004/05 and 2006/07. Their best run was in 2003/04 when they reached the semi-finals.



Find odds using – always write them as decimals.

Metalist to win: 1.92

Newcastle to win: 4.8

Draw: 3.6


TV: Live on ESPN at 6pm (when match starts, not when programme starts), highlights on ITV4 at 6pm on Friday (check when their highlights are on). If it’s not live on TV, just put the highlights time.

Arts and Entertainment
tvGame of Thrones season 5 ep 4, review - WARNING: contains major spoiliers!
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup
rugby leagueKeighley Cougars half-back was taken off after just four minutes
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are breaking up after nearly three years together
peopleFormer couple announce separation in posts on their websites
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’
tvThe Enfield Haunting, TV review
The Mattehorn stands reflected in Leisee lake near Sunnegga station on June 30, 2013 near Zermatt, Switzerland
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living