Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(9) 6 Goals 3 (6)
(6) 2 Assists 3 (5)
(7) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.8)
28.6 Average Age 26.6
181.3 Average Height (cm) 180.6
(1.2) 1 Shots pg 0.9 (1.1)
(50%) 52% Aerial Duel Success 43% (51%)
(0.7) 0.9 Dribbles pg 1 (0.9)
(1.9) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League Grp. D.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Ludovic Obraniak Out 6.47
Henri Saivet Doubtful 6.9
Abdou Traoré Doubtful N/A
Player Reason Status Rating
Yohan Cabaye Out 6.36
Haris Vuckic Out 6.27
Ryan Taylor Out N/A
Steven Taylor Out 6.61
Dan Gosling Out 6.71
Gabriel Obertan Doubtful 6.98
Hatem Ben Arfa Doubtful 7.03
Davide Santon Doubtful 7.17
Demba Ba Doubtful 5.99
Cheick Tioté Doubtful 7.33

Team News

  • With Ludovic Obraniak still sidelined there may be a free slot in the Bordeaux midfield for Gregory Sertic, while Henri Saivet will also hope to be back in the squad after a spell out through injury.
  • Elsewhere the team could remain unchanged, with captain Jaroslav Plasil given the playmaker role behind forwards Gouffran and Jussie.
  • Alan Pardew's injury problems continue to mount and he is unlikely to take a risk on Santon, Tiote or Ba, who all limped off in the win over Wigan.
  • Ben Arfa is also set to miss out once again, while Steven and Ryan Taylor are both long term absentees alongside Yohan Cabaye.
  • There should be more chances in the Europa League for the likes of Ferguson, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and Bigirimana, who netted a wonder goal as a sub at the weekend.

Prediction

  • With both teams already qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League this match represents a battle for top spot, though the hosts have a stronger squad to right now due to a raft of injuries for Newcastle.
  • Alan Pardew's main aim, therefore, may be to get through the game unscathed, while the hosts may push for the win a little more in front of their expectant supporters.
  • The visitors will miss Demba Ba and may find it hard to break down a strong Bordeaux backline in a low scoring encounter.
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