Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

ALAN PARDEW has been told there should be no Greek tragedy for New­cas­tle.

Toon travel to Athens for Thurs­day’s first-leg Europa League qual­i­fier boosted by their open­ing day win over Spurs.

And Nikos Dabizas sees no rea­son why Pardew’s men can’t stretch their win­ning start to the cam­paign against the min­nows from Greece.

Atro­mi­tos will see their mod­est 10,000 ca­pac­ity Per­sis­teri Sta­dium packed to the rafters for one of the big­gest games in their his­tory.

For­mer New­cas­tle and Greece de­fender Dabizas – who clocked up more than 150 games in six years on Ty­ne­side – reck­ons the tie to see who makes it through to next month’s group stage will be a mis­match.

He in­sisted: “For me, this isn’t a dif­fi­cult tie for New­cas­tle.


“Atro­mi­tos have no his­tory – New­cas­tle will have to play very poorly for there to be a shock.”

Hatem Ben Arfa is banned for a red card while play­ing for Mar­seille in 2010 and Pardew will ring the changes for New­cas­tle’s re­turn to Europe af­ter a five-year gap.

Gabriel Ober­tan, Ro­main Amal­fi­tano, Vurnon Anita, Steve Harper, Haris Vuc­kic, Shola Ameobi, Mike

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