Papiss Cisse twice thought he had given the Magpies the lead against Metalist only for the goals to be chalked off for offside, with the Senegal striker now looking to pull a wonder strike out of the bag for this week’s match in the Ukraine.
For Alan Pardew, it’s clear that remaining in the Premier League is by far the biggest priority, with Sunday’s match at home to Southampton a chance to put clear daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
However, a strong team is likely to be selected considering it has been a week since the Magpies’ last match and Newcastle are 11/10 with Paddy Power to qualify for the last sixteen of the Europa League and keep alive their hopes of European glory.
United have a couple of their recent French acquisitions cup-tied for this encounter, although that man Cisse can conjure a chance from very little and BetVictor go 7/1 that he opens the scoring at the Metalist Stadium which will mean the home side have to score twice to go through.
The Zhovto-Syni will be confident of getting the job done, with Myron Markevych’s side having finished third in a competitive Ukrainian league last season and they sit fourth this time around, having won six of their nine home games to date.
Some might fancy the 4/5 with Ladbrokes that Metalist qualify for the last sixteen and end Newcastle’s participation in this competition, with the Kharkiv team having won their last five at home and odds of 10/11 (Paddy Power) look particularly appealing on that front.
This could be a classic case of English-based bookmakers giving a Premier League side more of a chance than they should, with Metalist forward Jonathan Cristaldo likely to cause problems for the United rearguard.
With BetVictor leading the way with their correct score prices, it could be worth perming the 1-0 and 2-0 scorelines in favour of the Yellow-Blues at odds of 13/2 and 9/1 respectively. Newcastle look a bit short up top and might need some Cisse magic to stand any chance of progressing.