Atromitos v Newcastle Utd
It is more than a slight surprise that the Premier League didn't move Newcastle United's trip to Chelsea to a Sunday, but that is the situation and means the Magpies have to play twice in a little under 48 hours. Alan Pardew is expected, understandably, to make a number of changes to his starting line up in anticipation of that game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
This will be the first time Newcastle are playing in Europe since the 2006-07 season, like their opponents, and they too have surprised many by finishing high enough in the English Premier League to earn their way into the Europa League. That means the fans will be hoping for a long run in the competition, despite the fact you need to play 19 games to win it.
Newcastle did actually have a decent record in European games away from home before their absence over the last few seasons. In fact, they were 9-1-2 in their previous 12 away games in UEFA/Europa League games.
Hatem Ben Arfa is suspended and Fabricio Coloccini will be kept out to ensure he is ready to return to the team on Saturday. There have been big suggestions that a much changed team will take the field on Thursday with the likes of Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse all expected to be left in England.
- Bookmaker Free Bet