By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United's second Europa League Group D fixture sees them entertain Bordeaux at the Sports Direct Arena on Thursday night (8.05pm kick-off).
Having played out a goalless draw away at Maritimo on matchday one, the Magpies are on their own patch this time around as they entertain the French outfit, who finished fifth in Ligue 1 last term.
Bordeaux opened their Europa League account with an impressive 4-0 home victory over Club Bruges and are currently unbeaten in their domestic division as well.
Thursday's game is Newcastle's 124th in Europe with Bordeaux being the 175th different side United have met competitively. They are also the Magpies' 59th different opponents in European football and the seventh French side to have played them after Bastia, Metz, Monaco, Troyes, Marseille and Sochaux.
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NEWCASTLE UNITED'S RECORD IN EUROPE
P123 W70 D24 L29 F210 A120
(Last six games - all competitions)
Bordeaux - WDWDDW
Newcastle - DLWDDD
Bordeaux (v Lyon, Ligue 1): Cedric Carrasso; Mariano, Carlos Henrique, Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Benoit Tremoulinas; Jaroslav Plasil (Jussie 90), Lamine Sane, Ludovic Obraniak; Yoan Gouffran (Henri Saivet 78), Cheick Diabate
Not used: Kevin Olimpa, Matthieu Chalme, Maxime Poundje, Abdou Traore, David Bellion
Newcastle (v Reading, Premier League): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson (James Tavernier 56), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana (Shane Ferguson 69), Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 69)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
Bordeaux - Les Girondins have injury doubts over central midfielders Gregory Sertic and Landry N'Guemo, as well as striker Nicolas Maurice-Belay. They have no players suspended.
Newcastle - Hatem Ben Arfa is available having served a three-game European ban, while full-back Danny Simpson is expected to return following a hamstring strain and Yohan Cabaye is in contention after wisdom teeth problems. However, the Magpies will be without Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, who are all sidelined by injury.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Francis Gillot, Bordeaux manager: "Newcastle essentially have two teams - they have a team that plays in the league, and then they have a team that plays in the League Cup and the Europa League, so it's very difficult for us to know which side they are going to name. But if they do end up playing the starting line-up they use in the league, it's going to be a very tough game. I really hope my players can meet the challenge."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Their victory at Bruges has probably put them favourites to win the group, and a fine victory it was too. Bordeaux are a very good Ligue 1 side, ahve had some terrific results and are in good form. But for us it is a home game and we are very, very strong at home, regardless of the opposition, and we will be looking to win. The atmosphere in the stadium and the backing of our fans will be important for us."
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain) - 2012/13 record: 9 games, 36 yellow cards, 3 red cards
DID YOU KNOW?
United are on a 19-game unbeaten run at home in the UEFA Cup, with their last defeat on Tyneside in the competition coming against Monaco in 1997.