Bordeaux - Newcastle Preview: Magpies chase top spot in Europa League group
Alan Pardew's men travel to France looking to leapfrog their hosts and secure qualification as group winners, having turned around a run of poor form with victory over Wigan
By Alex Hess
Mariano, Henrique, Planus, Tremoulinas
Sertic, N'Guemo, Sane, Plasil
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ferguson
Cisse, Marveaux, Sa Ameobi
Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot will be hoping to welcome back Henri Saivet into his matchday squad for Thursday's meeting, though Abdou Traore (thigh) is likely to be ruled out.Alan Pardew remains without Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) for his side's trip to France. The duo join longer-term absentees Dan Gosling (knee), Gabriel Obertan (toe) and Ryan Taylor (knee) on the injury list.
The Magpies' chief creator and native Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) is also a doubt for the clash.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Bordeaux midfielder Ludovic Obraniak's career has seen him line up alongside both Papiss Cisse (at FC Metz) and Yohan Cabaye (at Lille).
The Ligue 1 outfit have not won in nine meetings with English sides but have come out of all their previous eight European home games victorious.
- Bordeaux's David Bellion (pictured right) is familiar with the north east of England, having spent two somewhat undistinguished seasons at Sunderland. Now back in France, he has not scored a league goal since 2009.
- Newcastle's 3-0 defeat of Wigan on Monday night was the first time that the club had scored three goals in a match since the visit of Bordeaux to St James' Park at the start of October.
- The Magpies have played 15 league games so far this season, in which they have netted 17 goals. Every one of those has been scored by a French speaker.
- Despite the 2012-13 season representing Shola Ameobi's senior international breakthrough (he made his debut for Nigeria in November), he is yet to score a goal outside of the Europa League this campaign.
Shola Ameobi is 11/4 with William Hill to score anytime in this match.
Top 3 Predictions
Girondins de Bordeaux 1-2 Newcastle United
- 21.71 %
Girondins de Bordeaux 1-1 Newcastle United
- 13.95 %
Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 Newcastle United
- 11.63 %
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|UEFA Europa League (EL)||Oct 4, 2012||Newcastle United 3 - Girondins de Bordeaux 0|
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