Bordeaux vs Newcastle preview

December 5, 2012
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

With both teams already through to the next stage, the outcome of this match will only decide which side win the group.

Being one point in front, Bordeaux need just one point to remain at the top, whereas only a win would do for Newcastle.

Having suffered a major downtrend in fortunes after winning the 2008-09 Ligue 1 title, les Girondins were finally able to show some improvement last term, when the impressive finish to the league campaign saw them clinch the final Europa League berth.

Francois Gillot’s men continued where they left off last season, climbing to sixth in domestic championship, where they are just one point adrift of Champions League places, while also impressing in Europe.

With ten points from five Europa League games, les Girondins are now in a good position to qualify from the top of the group, especially as they will be facing Newcastle’s second string line-up.

Taking that into account, you should know home win pays 1.83 (5/6) at Betfred. Draw is 3.80 (14/5) at Betfair.

Injury worries Ludovic Obraniak, Landry N’Guemo and Henry Saivet are unlikely to be risked, but all other players are in contention.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Carrasso – Mariano, Henrique, Planus, Tremoulinas – Plasil, Sertic – Ben Khalfallah, Jussie, Gouffran – Diabate.

Newcastle go into this game in good spirits, having finally ended the dismal run of results, although it is fair to say Alan Pardew’s side had a big help from the referees in their Monday’s win over Wigan.

With the Europa League qualification already in the bag and important game against Fulham scheduled for Monday, there is every chance that Alan Pardew will rest most of his starters at Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Given the huge selection worries the boss has at the moment, his options will be severely limited, so there is every chance the Magpies will sacrifice this game in order to have their key players ready for the Premier League exploits.

It is, therefore, not recommended to back Newcastle here, even if the odds on away win are as high as 5.00 (4/1) at BetVictor.

Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Haris Vuckic and Gabriel Obertan are all out, while Demba Ba and Davide Santon are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks at the weekend.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Harper – Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson – Amalfitano, Tiote, Abeid, Bigirimana – Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

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