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Newcastle vs Olympiakos: Match Preview
Published : 27 Jul 2012 18:54:14
Newcastle face Greek giants Olympiakos at the Estadio Do Algarve in Portugal tonight.
Alan Pardew is set to rotate his team for the Greek clash, as Newcastle will face Braga just 24 hours later.
Yohan Cabaye could play some part after he trained with his team-mates, while Hatem Ben Arfa has yet to link up with the squad in Portugal.
The French duo have both had extended time off following their involvement in France's Euro 2012 campaign.
Star forward Demba Ba is set to feature for the Magpies, and the Senegal striker has laughed off rumours that he is set to leave the club.
"I don't care what is being said. I think it's part of the game. However, I have never said anything other than I love being at Newcastle."
"The newspapers and I are not very friendly at the moment. For months and months and months, people have been talking about me, but there is nothing happening.
"Of course, I am looking forward to next season with Newcastle. We just have to build on the progress we made last season. For me, I just can't wait to start the first game."