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UEFA Europa League

  • December 7, 2012
  • • 02:00
  • • Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
  • Referee: M. Masiah
  • • Attendance: 19983

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

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



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

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.

  • 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.


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27Marc PlanusDefender
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