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  • December 6, 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • 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
Anita, Bigirimana,
Cisse, Marveaux, Sa Ameobi

Sh 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.

Players to watch

Y. Gouffran

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Having made his name at Caen - and linked with the likes of Arsenal during his time there - Gouffran endured a rather arduous start to his time at Bordeaux following a big-money move in 2008. Since the start of last season, though, the 26-year-old has begun to prove his worth, with his 14 league goals last campaign already followed up by four strikes in five Europa League outings so far this season.

'The Little Prince' is mobile, can finish adeptly with either foot or his head and will be continually looking to spring the away visitors' offside trap with tireless running. The competition has been kind to him so far this term, and he will be looking to continue his heady momentum.

S. Marveaux

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The winger, due to various issues with form and fitness, has not yet been treated to any sort of extended run in the Newcastle first team since joining from Rennes in the summer of 2011. Indeed, it has almost been completely forgotten that Marveaux was in great demand at the time of his move, with Newcastle reportedly narrowly beating Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool to his signature.

In the absence of fellow Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa, Marveaux underwent what has become a rarity for him in Monday's win over Wigan: a full 90-minute outing. He performed well, too, embarking on a couple of eye-catching darts forward during which he showed some fine close control and no shortage of confidence. With Ben Arfa again unlikely to be risked on Thursday, Marveaux would appear probable to keep his place in Pardew's side. Back on native soil, the 26-year-old will be keen to impress and indeed should be looking to take advantage of an opportunity to finally establish himself in the Magpies' starting XI.

Editor's Prediction

Despite both sides having already secured their respective places in the Europa League's second phase, winning the group should well be a priority for both of these clubs if they are to harbour serious ambitions of lifting the trophy: second place would mean a possible knockout draw against with club dropping down from the Champions League.

It is something that should ideally be avoided and, despite Newcastle's recent poor form having come to an end with a win over 10-man Wigan, they cannot be expected to breeze past the French side on their own turf. This is likely to be a tightly fought contest and, with the visitors shorn of a number of first-teamers, the sensible money could well be on Bordeaux to edge it.

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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