Europa League Anzhi Makhachkala v Newcastle United Live Streaming
Newcastle travel to Moscow to take on the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night in the first leg of the round of 16 stage of the Europa League. The game pits together two teams with polar opposite policies of building their teams.
While Newcastle in recent years have confined their additions to the team based on detailed scouting and graft in the board rooms, which has enabled them to bring in talents on the cheap, Anzhi have gone about being one of the most extravagant teams in the transfer market, bringing in some outrageously talented individuals for equally extravagant prices.
When Anzhi began their process of bolstering their squad with household names, thanks to the millions pumped in by Dagestani billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, the future at the outset looked unclear, and the purchases brought to pass feelings of a hoard of mercenaries being bundled together. But 13 months on from the first clear signs of intent from Kerimov by the announcement of the eminent arrival of Samuel Eto’o, the billionaire seems no less intent on leading Anzhi to new pastures, with Willian’s €35 million capture from Shahtar Donetsk becoming the latest jewel in the assembly that has become Anzhi Makhachkala.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have a juggling act on their hands. Sitting only 6 points above the dropzone will give Alan Pardew not much respite going into the tie. However, the tournament is not something that Pardew has taken lightly, as was seen with the line-ups he put up against Metalist Kharkiv in the previous round. The squad certainly has now been strengthened with 5 new faces in the January transfer window, but they will be up against it against Anzhi, who are one of the favourites to win the tournament. Without a trophy themselves in 44 years, Pardew surely will know that this represents a great chance for both him and his team to go down in Newcastle’s history.