Krul ready for tough week
Tim Krul has backed Newcastle to handle the demands of Europa League football followed by a trip to Chelsea on Saturday.
The Toon are currently in Greece preparing for their first European match for five years against Atromitos Athens as they look to secure qualification for the group stages of the competition.
The long trip to the Greek capital is followed by a clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a match which takes place just under two days after the clash with Atromitos.
In preparation for a busy couple of days manager Alan Pardew has decided to leave some of his big name players at home, with Demba Ba and Cheik Tiote back on Tyneside.
Pardew is likely to hand debuts to a number of his summer signings, while some of Newcastle's squad members should get a run out in Greece.
Given the nature of the two games and the travelling involved punters might fancy using their free bet to back Newcastle to slip up at least once of the next three days.
However, Krul says Newcastle have enough strength in depth to cope with what he admits will be a tough week.
Krul told BBC Newcastle: "It's an important week, you can't just let it go because then you're running behind.
"It's tough, but I think we have so much confidence in this team now we don't fear anybody."