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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

St James' Park, England

Referee: Martin Hansson | Attendance: 33124

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Newcastle United

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Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is backing younger brother Sammy to surpass him as the pair prepare to launch a double assault on Europe.

The Ameobis would become the third pair of siblings to start a senior competitive game for the Magpies if manager Alan Pardew gives them the nod against Club Brugge at St James' Park tomorrow evening after George and Ted Robledo in the 1950s and Matty and Richard Appleby four decades later.

Striker Shola, now 31, broke into the first-team squad under Sir Bobby Robson as a teenager and now midfielder Sammy, almost 11 years his junior, is attempting to do the same.

However, the older brother is convinced the younger has a massive future in the game.

Shola said: ``There's nearly 11 years between us, so when we were growing up, I think he was maybe a little bit intimidated by me, which is normal.

``He's trying to go through what I've been through. But we have got a great relationship now.

``I feel that as a big brother, I have to make sure he's on the right track all the time. I know my parents expect that of me, and it's something I'm conscious about doing.

``I'm sure he's well aware of how hard it's going to be and what he has to put in to make it to the very top.

``But I want to see him surpass anything I've ever done in this game and I know he has the ability to do that. He can do that, without a shadow of a doubt.''

Pardew has confirmed that the younger Ameobi will start, along with Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson and midfielder Cheick Tiote, who will spend much of the next month kicking his heels after being sent off in Sunday's 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland.

Newcastle are yet to concede a goal in four games in Europe and currently sit a point clear at the top of Group D, bur Brugge boss Georges Leekens has warned his players have not come to Tyneside for a holiday.

The current Pro League leaders arrived in the north-east without a host of injured players, but with their coach still optimistic they will more than make life difficult for their hosts.

Leekens, who played in the Brugge side which lost to a Kevin Keegan-inspired Liverpool in the 1976 UEFA Cup final, said: ``We know the level of international football and we know the level in England is high, very high, and it is a test for us.

``They have a great team, a great stadium and we are coming here to try to enjoy it because football is about the game.

``It's nice to see this club growing - but we are not coming here for a holiday, we are coming here to play football. It will be tough, but we don't have to be afraid.''

Leekens will be without Michael Almeback, Jim Larsen, Ryan Donk, Niki Zimling and Thomas Meunier through injury while Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, who has scored nine goals in his past eight games, is a doubt after a training-ground clash with defender Jordi.

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