Anzhi Makhachkala vs Newcastle United at UEFA Europa League: Personal Reflection
Anzhi Makhachkala will face Newcastle United on March 7 2013 at Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow. It is expected to be a tough battle between the two teams from both sides of Europe.
The Russian team located in Chechenya is currently number 100 in the 2012/13 UEFA ranking. It currently has six victories, two losses, and two draws in the tournament.
According to the UEFA Europa League webpage, the top goal scorers are Samuel Eto’o, Odi Ahmedov, Lacina Traore, Christopher Samba, and Mark Boussoufa. One of the goalkeepers worth watching is Vladimir Gabulov.
This is the second time Anzhi participates in the UEFA Europa League. The last time was in the year 2001/02 when the team participated in the first round of the UEFA Cup.
Anzhi Makhachkala is currently in second place behind CSKA Moscow in the 2012/13 Russian Premier League. The achievements have arrived for a club that was founded nearly two decades ago.
The current coach Guus Hiddink and owner Suleyman Kerimov hope to transform Anzhi into a powerhouse in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Roberto Carlos was one of the principal players in the club.
Newcastle United is currently in 85th place in the UEFA Ranking. The club has four victories, five draws, and one loss.
The top scorers according to UEFA are Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Gabriel Obertan, and Vernon Anita. Tim Krul may be one of the goalkeepers in this important match.
It has a history of participation in UEFA Tournaments. The club won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006.
Newcastle’s biggest victory was in 1994 when it defeated Antwerp. It biggest defeat was in 2002 before Inter Milan.
Newcastle is currently in 16th place with 30 points in the 201/13 Premier League.
While this match is expected to be exciting, Newcastle issued a travel advisory. They advised their supporters to apply for visas as soon as possible.
They offer some advice based on common sense concerning daily life in Russia. It is hoped that some people heed this advice.
Anzhi is not going to lose in its home field. While the match is expected to be tough, Anzhi will prevail.
Samuel Eto’o will score three goals for the Russians while Shola Amoebi is expected to score two. The match will be filled with tension as the Russians take advantage of potential weak spots present in Newcastle.
Result will be
Anzhi 3-2 Newcastle on the first leg
Newcastle 3-4 Anzhi on the second leg Group of 16
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