Preview: Newcastle United vs. Bordeaux

Papiss Demba Cisse
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Newcastle United take on Bordeaux in the Europa League this evening as the Premier League side try to snatch their first victory in the group stage.

Newcastle United face a tough task at the Sports Direct Arena this evening as they welcome Bordeaux for their Europa League contest.

The Magpies have yet to secure three points in the group stage following their 0-0 draw with Maritimo in their last European outing, while their Ligue 1 opponents are unbeaten in 17 matches.

Alan Pardew is expected to start with Papiss Cisse up front, with Hatem Ben Arfa providing service from the wing. However, Yohan Cabaye is likely to be ruled out as the Frenchman continues to recover from a mouth infection.

Meanwhile, the home side are struggling with a number of injuries, which means that Yoan Gouffran and Jussie are likely to lead the line for the French outfit.

Recent form:

Newcastle: DDWLD
Bordeaux: DDWDW

Possible lineups:

Newcastle: Elliot; Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Santon; Anita, Bigirimana; Ben Arfa, Vuckic, Ferguson; Cisse

Bordeaux: Carrasso; Chalme, Planus, Henrique
Sane; Saivet, Obraniak, Plasil, Marange; Gouffran, Jussie

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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