Europa League: Bordeaux vs Newcastle Preview Dec. 6

by Punter's Hero on December 6, 2012

in Football, Latest News

French club Bordeaux will be hosting English side Newcastle United in a Group D Europa League match on Thursday December 7 at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas. Both teams have already qualified for the next round, but Bordeaux or Newcastle can finish first place with a win here. Bordeaux has 10 points with three wins, a draw and a loss while Newcastle is right behind them with nine points from two wins and three draws. Club Brugge has four points and Maritimo has three and sits in last place in the group.

Newcastle has injury problems and it looks like Yven Moyo and Conor Newton have made the trip to France to fill in on the squad. In addition, we might see Adam Campbell, Gael Bigirimana, and Mehdi Abeid play as manager Alan Pardew will want to get a look at some of his more inexperienced youngsters. It’s believed that striker Shola Ameobi is back with the team after sitting out with a groin problem, but leading scorer Demba Ba is out with an injury and so are Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, and Cheick Tiote.

This is the Newcastle squad that made the trip: Krul, Elliot, Simpson, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Anita, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Amalfitano, Abeid, Newton, Moyo, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Campbell, and Ranger. Newcastle enters the game after beating 10-man Wigan on Monday by a score of 3-0. However, they have just 17 league goals on the season after 15 matches.
Bordeaux manager Francis Gillot is hoping that Henri Saivet can return to action for the game, but it looks as if Abdou Traore will have to sit this one out due to a thigh injury. The French team hasn’t had much luck when playing against English teams as they haven’t beaten one in nine contests. However, they’re unbeaten at home in their last eight encounters in European games.

In their last five games overall, Bordeaux has three wins, a draw and a loss while Newcastle has managed a win, a draw and three losses. It’s hard to say how much effort these teams will put into winning this match. They’d both like to end up in first place, but they don’t want to risk injuries, especially Newcastle as they have numerous players on the sidelines, including some of their best performers. Finishing first or second might not really mean that much to both clubs.

Nobody wants to lose a football match though, so it shouldn’t be too bad of a match. Newcastle’s youngsters will want to take advantage of their opportunity to impress Pardew. If they play well they may find themselves included in the squad for some Premier League games. After the 90 minutes is up, this one could end up in a low-scoring draw. The last time they met though, Newcastle won 3-0 in an earlier group game.

Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds on the match at 5/6 for a Bordeaux win and 7/2 for a Newcastle victory with a draw at 12/5.

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