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Alan Pardew's men will be looking for their first win of the Europa League group stage but Adam Bate thinks that will prove tough against unbeaten Bordeaux

Newcastle’s first match in Group D of the Europa League ended all-square at Maritimo and draws have been a theme of the Magpies' season so far.

Alan Pardew’s men have drawn five of their first 10 games but it’s still been a positive start to the campaign when you consider that the only defeats have come at Chelsea and Manchester United.

In front of their own fans, Newcastle will expect to pick up three points and can be backed to do just that against Bordeaux at 13/10 (2.30) with William Hill.

But their French opponents are the real form team going into this clash as they hope to build on their unbeaten start to the season.

Five wins and five draws for Bordeaux - including a 4-0 Europa League thrashing of Bruges and an impressive 2-0 win away at Lyon last time out – will mean the visitors arrive full of confidence.

Bordeaux are 11/5 (3.20) to win and the same price with William Hill to share a point apiece.

To achieve that they must nullify Newcastle’s considerable goal threat.

While Demba Ba may be rested, Papiss Cisse could get the chance to find some form – both men are 9/2 (5.50) to score first.

For Bordeaux, Mali international forward Cheick Tidiane Diabate is the best hope of a goal and is available to net the opener at 7/1 (8.00) with William Hill.

But for the pick of the bets it is necessary to explore the other markets.

The Ligue 1 outfit have not conceded in their last four away games, while all three of Newcastle’s European games have seen fewer than three goals.

As a result, the best bet is to tip under 2.5 goals at 13/20 (1.65) with William Hill.

For the value bet, back a repeat of Newcastle’s goalless draw in Maritimo as that has also been the scoreline in three of Bordeaux’s last four away games. The 0-0 draw is 8/1 (9.00) with William Hill.

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Under 2.5 goals at 13/20 (1.65) with William Hill
0-0 draw at 8/1 with William Hill

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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