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UEFA Europa League

  • December 7, 2012
  • • 02:00
  • • Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
  • Referee: M. Masiah
  • • Attendance: 19983
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Bordeaux - Newcastle Preview: Magpies chase top spot in Europa League group

Bordeaux - Newcastle Preview: Magpies chase top spot in Europa League group

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORDEAUX

Carasso
Mariano, Henrique, Planus, Tremoulinas
Sertic, N'Guemo, Sane, Plasil
Jussie, Gouffran
NEWCASTLE

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ferguson
Gutierrez, Anita, Bigirimana, Marveaux
Cisse, 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bordeaux

Newcastle United

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
FC Girondins de Bordeaux Bordeaux
Draw
Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
34%
23%
43%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
1 - 2
Newcastle United FC NEW
FC Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
1 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW
FC Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
2 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW

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