By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United complete their Europa League Group D fixtures with an away tie at Bordeaux on Thursday night (6pm kick-off GMT).
Both sides have qualified for the knockout stages of the competition already, so will battle it out for top spot at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
Thursday's game is United's 128th in Europe (104th in UEFA Competitions). Bordeaux are the seventh French side to have played the Magpies, after Bastia, Metz, Monaco, Troyes, Marseille and Sochaux.
NEWCASTLE UNITED'S RECORD IN EUROPE
P127 W72 D26 L29 F217 A123
(Last six games - all competitions)
Bordeaux - DLWWWL
Newcastle - WLLDLL
Bordeaux (v Sochaux, Ligue 1): Cedric Carasso; Mariano, Henrique, Marc Planus, Benoit Tremoulinas; Ludovic Sane, Jaroslav Plasil; Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Gregory Sertic 74), Jussie, Nicolas Maurice-Belay (Florian Marange 79); Yoan Gouffran
Not used: Abdoulaye Keita, Andre Biyogo Poko, Hadi Sacko, Cheick Diabate, David Bellion
Newcastle (v Wigan Athletic, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Shane Ferguson 49); Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 46); Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 76), Demba Ba
Not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi
Bordeaux - Manager Francis Gillot is expected to tinker with his side for the tie, while he has injury doubts over central midfield trio Ludivic Obraniak, Henri Saivet and Landry N'Guemo.
Newcastle - Striker Nile Ranger will start for the Magpies alongside fellow youngsters Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi. However, Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Gabriel Obertan (toe), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Francis Gillot, Bordeaux manager: "The goal was to qualify for the group staged. First or second place? There are big teams if you finish first, there are big teams if you finish second. So it doesn't matter. But we'll play to win, obviously. If I put out this team, it's because I trust these players and I hope that they'll show some interesting things individually so that we'll be good as a team and at least get a draw to get top spot."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Obviously, we have got to protect ourselves for Monday night, which is an important game for us, but this has its own importance. We have got a very young side which is going to start, so we just hope we have got enough in that team to keep us in the game and then - obviously, the draw is no good for us - look to win it towards the end."
Menashe Masiah (Israel) - 2012/13 record: 9 games, 29 yellow cards, 5 red cards
DID YOU KNOW?
United have utilised 29 different players in seven Europa League games this season.