Bordeaux vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle are currently second top of Group D one point behind Bordeaux, and were the first team to qualify for the Europa league knock-out rounds, which will also see Chelsea in the last 32, as they finished third in their Group in the Champions League.

And since Newcastle are already through to the last 32 and we have a big league game next Monday night at Craven Cottage, manager Alan Pardew is taking the opportunity to rest some key players and will use a lot of our younger players tonight.

Here are the current standing in Group D of the Europa league:

PositionTeamPlayedGoal DifferencePoints
4Club Brugge6-54

Newcastle are without Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Gabby Obertan, who are out inured right, and Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez are also not available, having picked up slight injuries on Monday night in the 3-0 defeat of Wigan, so 11 players are not available through injury for tonight’s game.

Alan Pardew left snowy Newcastle yesterday with the following 20 man squad:

Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Yven Moyo, Connor Newton, James Perch, Nile Ranger, Danny Simpson, James Tavernier and Mike Williamson.

The manager has already said he will start Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana, Nile Ranger, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi – so here is our best guess at tonight’s starting line-up:

Tavernier Williamson (c) Perch Ferguson
Marveaux Bigirimana Anita Moyo
Ranger Ameobi (Sa)
Subs: Harper Simpson Coloccini Newton Cisse Amalfitano Campbell

That would be a starting debut for 20 year-old Yven Moyo who joined us two years ago from Sochaux as a free agent.

Since we already through to the knock-out rounds – this is an opportunity for some of the younger players and fringe players to show what they can do in a Newcastle shirt.

And we’d love to keep our unbeaten run in the Europa league, but this is very much a second team tonight, so the lads will do well to get a draw, although we would expect Bordeaux to also give a run-out to some of their fringe players – since they are already through to the final 32.

How do you think this game will go – let us know.

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15 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1


  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we will win tonight.

    I don’t think bordeaux will field a strong team either.


    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Team Tonight

    —————— elliot——————–






    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Team Tonight

    —————— elliot——————–





  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    just hearing a rumour everyone

    It’s been reported that fernando llorente’s contract is up in the summer. Newcastle will test Bilbao’s resistence with a bid in january although the coach is keen to keep him they have argued recently…llorente made to train with the youth set up for a short time.

    If not available in jan we will look for a free transfer in the summer.

    Personally I dont have high hopes for this as I imagine bigger clubs will be after who offer champs league and pay more money but you never know.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Heard on here that bordeaux will also be fielding a young team so its a battle of the fringe players!!! Bonus for us is our fringe lads have played a fair bit in the EL sooooo 2-0 to the toon!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Three weeks ago Campbell was supposed to be out of action for eight weeks with a knee injury.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed – can we please have the other mobile version of the site back please? This ones driving me nuts.

  • Ginger

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Canny annoyed that Marveaux is playing, means he more then likely won’t play against Fulham. Oh well, we have the creativity and flair of Guttierez I suppose.

    Team for tonight –

    —————— elliot——————–





  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    I second that i hate this version half the time it wont even let you read the posts!!!!!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11


    You never know,,,with out game not til monday we might get to see marvoux both games

    I hope we do but I expect pardew will drop marvoux for ben arfa monday…far too cautios in my eyes as jonas is offering very little at the moment other than running.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Ref. Demba Ba. M\y take on the situation is:-
    Newcastle did not object to any release cause when they signed him.
    He is on a three year contract.
    He is coming up with the goods by scoring -his strike rate is something like 0.48 -so nearly a goal every two games.
    Newcastle want to re-negotiate his contract – to get rid of the release clause – some have said as no-one came in for him in the summer -the same will happen in January. However this season he has continued scoring and his knee appears ok – others I’m sure will be interested in him.
    Ba is in a very good position – he has what Newcastle want currently -goal scoring ability.
    Putting ceilings on wages -is probably a good idea to get the club on a sound financial footing. This would be an excellent idea if every club did more or less the same – which in the immediate future is not going to happen. Therefore the wages ceiling whilst it might be a good idea, in terms of financial stability,will act in a detrimental way to keep or get top players at Newcastle. Star players whether you like it or not have always been able to demand higher wages.
    Newcastle will probably be rigid about what they are prepared to offer – therefore they run the risk of losing him. (Same rigid policy when buying).
    In recent years -we see more of the celebrity type of footballer -whose primary interests are strictly personal and not team related.

  • obatoyou

    Dec 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Actually with ba and cisse not playing we may actually win a game!

  • obatoyou

    Dec 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Hey isn’t Campbell injured? Would love to see him play

  • Jesus1983

    Dec 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Krul, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson. Bigi, Anita, Maveaux, Sammy, Ranger, Shola


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