Newcastle United FC will look to keep their impressive defensive record going as they go into the home leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie against FC Anji Makhachkala with the scores level at 0-0.
• The injury-hit Magpies ended Anji's 100% home record in the first leg, holding Guus Hiddink's side to a goalless draw in Moscow. Anji had won all seven of their European games in Russia prior to Newcastle's visit.
• Anji and Newcastle met for the first time in the first leg, the Magpies' first encounter with Russian opposition.
• Anji met an English club for the first time in the shape of Liverpool FC in the group stage, each side recording a 1-0 home win.
• Newcastle have not conceded in three games since the turn of the year and are unbeaten in 12 home fixtures (W8 D4) since a 2-1 loss to RC Deportivo La Coruña in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-finals.
• Anji have not won in four away games (D2 L2) since beating AZ Alkmaar 5-0 in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.
• This is the first time Anji have reached the last 16 of a European tournament; Newcastle are at this stage for the fifth time. They reached the quarter-finals in 1996/97, 2003/04 (when they went as far as the semi-finals) and 2004/05, missing out for the first time in 2006/07 after surrendering a 4-2 first-leg lead against AZ Alkmaar.
• Anji and FC Viktoria Plzeň are the two longest surviving teams in the competition, having both entered in the second qualifying round.
• Newcastle have made it to the round of 16 despite scoring just eight goals from matchday one onwards – the lowest tally of any of the group stage survivors to have made it this far.
• Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper celebrates his 38th birthday on the day of the game; his midfield team-mate Yven Moyo turns 21 the morning after.
• Samuel Eto'o is the only player to have featured in every minute of Anji's nine games since the start of the group stage – 810 minutes in total.
• Eto'o featured in both matches as RCD Mallorca were beaten 7-1 on aggregate by Newcastle in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup fourth round.
• Anji's Mbark Boussoufa and Newcastle's Cheick Tioté were team-mates at RSC Anderlecht in 2006/07.
• Anji's Lassana Diarra (Chelsea FC 2005-07, Arsenal FC 2007-08, Portsmouth FC 2008-09) and Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea 2009-11) have both played in England.
• Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa celebrates his 24th birthday on the day of the UEFA Europa League final – 15 May.
• The round of 16 features teams from 11 UEFA member associations; eight nations have a single representative, with England and Russia both taking three teams through and Italy two. Russia enjoyed a perfect round of 32, with all three representatives - Anji, FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC Rubin Kazan – making progress.
• Newcastle's Alan Pardew was the 2011/12 Premier League manager of the year, having been in charge of Reading FC, West Ham United FC, Charlton Athletic FC and Southampton FC prior to a move to Tyneside in 2010. A glazier and taxi driver while playing non-league football, the midfielder was in his mid-20s when he became a professional, playing for Crystal Palace FC and Charlton among others.
• Anji coach Hiddink achieved little of note as a midfielder, but as a coach has racked up six league titles and five domestic cups with his various clubs. The Dutchman has also led the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey at international level and won the 1987/88 European Champion Clubs' Cup with PSV Eindhoven. He took charge of Anji in February 2012.
• During his brief spell in charge in 2009, Hiddink led Chelsea FC to a 2-0 Premier League win at Newcastle – the first game of Alan Shearer's brief spell as manager of his old side.
• Newcastle's only previous penalty shoot-out in UEFA competition is:
3-4 v FK Partizan, 2003/04 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
• Anji have never featured in a penalty shoot-out in UEFA competition.
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