Newcastle v Bordeaux: French side to keep out weakened Toon
Les Girondins' unbeaten record means Newcastle take them lightly at their peril
Bordeaux make the trip to Tyneside still to taste defeat this season and showed their class last time out with a comfortable 2-0 win in Lyon.
Their price of 2/1 to win at the Sports Direct Arena is surprisingly long, yet the draw is the most likely outcome having taken both sides’ recent form into consideration.
Newcastle have drawn four of their last six games, whereas four of the Girondins’ seven Ligue 1 tussles have ended all square.
Francis Gillot’s side haven’t lost in 17 games dating back to last season, where they closed the campaign with an impressive six straight victories, and his solidifying of the backline has played a huge part in this.
Cedric Carrasso’s goal has remained unscathed in three of Bordeaux’s last four, taking his clean sheet tally to five in eight appearances.
The price for them to do the same again tonight is a very appealing 5/2 and, with Newcastle set to rest their prime attacking talent, he stands a good chance of making it six in nine.
A positive result for the French club will see them take command of Group D after their 4-0 hammering of FC Bruges last time out, while the Magpies only drew a blank in Maritimo.
A Bordeaux win or draw with two goals or fewer scored in the game is priced up at 11/8, whereas for them to keep their unbeaten record intact with three or more goals scored is at 5/2.
The latter offers the most value based on recent clashes. Two of Bordeaux’s last three in all competitions have yielded more than three goals without them suffering defeat, as have two of their last three in the Europa League.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date