Newcastle United fullback Danny Simpson hopes for a start tonight against Europa League opponents Anzhi.

With Mathieu Debuchy ineligible for European ties, Simpson's best chance of playing is in the competition.

"This is a big deal for me, this tournament - I'm getting games," said the United full- back

"The manager's giving me a chance. For me, it's massive.

"If we can get through to the quarter- finals it would be great for the club and everyone involved."