Bordeaux - Newcastle Betting Preview: No Ba or Ben Arfa means a low-scoring encounter

Both of these sides are already sure of a place in the next round, but will fight it out for top spot. Al Hain-Cole thinks a lack of firepower will deprive punters of goals
Having already secured their place in the next round of the Europa League, Newcastle travel to Bordeaux this evening hoping to claim the top spot in Group D.

The Magpies are currently sitting one point behind the French outfit, so would need all three points in order to wrestle first place away from the hosts.

Alan Pardew’s men ran out 3-0 winners in their home fixture against les Girondins, but are outsiders at 15/4 (4.75) with William Hill to come away with a win this evening.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last nine Europa League ties at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, and are available at 3/4 (1.75) to pick up their fourth successive home victory in this year’s competition.

Newcastle have drawn seven of their 11 winless away games in all competitions this season, and you can gets odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them sharing the spoils tonight.

Francois Gillot’s men have the third best defensive record in the French league this season, and have kept three clean sheets in their last four games on home soil.

Considering that the Toon Army have only conceded four goals in their seven European ties this season, a high-scoring match seems unlikely when these two come face-to-face.

With key goal threats Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba unlikely to feature for the visitors, it definitely seems safe to back under 2.5 goals being scored, at tempting 8/11 (1.73) odds.

Nobody has played a more important role in Bordeaux’s Europa League campaign this season than Yoan Gouffran, who has scored four goals in their five matches so far.

The striker has hit the back of the net in six of his last 10 games, and is well worth the 5/1 (6.00) odds to get the first goal in this encounter.

Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill
Yoan Gouffran to score first at 5/1 (6.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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