Newcastle v Bordeaux: We expect to win, says Alan Pardew
Newcastle v Bordeaux: Alan Pardew says the Magpies expect to beat their Ligue 1 opponents at St James' Park on Thursday
Alan Pardew has revealed Newcastle United expect to beat Bordeaux in their Europa League encounter at St James’ Park on Thursday.
The Magpies managed to scrape a goalless draw away to Maritimo in their opening Group D fixture while Bordeaux were 4-0 winners at home to Club Bruges.
Pardew is hoping Newcastle’s home advantage will come into play against the Ligue 1 outfit – the Magpies have not lost at St James’ Park in European competition since 2005.
“Bordeaux’s victory at Bruges has probably put themselves as favourites for the group, and a fine victory it was too,” Pardew told Newcastle’s website.
“They are a very good Ligue 1 side, who have had some terrific results and are in great form.
“But nevertheless, for us it is a home game. We are very, very strong at home, regardless of the opposition, and we will be looking to win the game.
“It’s the first time at home in this competition where I think our fans will take it seriously too, and that will be important for us.
“The atmosphere at the stadium is important for us to help us focus our minds.
“In European games your concentration goes up a level and you need to be ready for this type of opposition.
“We respect them and are looking forward to playing against them, but we expect to win.”
Newcastle v Bordeaux: Pre-match facts
• Newcastle have not won in their last three home games against Ligue 1 sides, but prevailed 4-0 at Sochaux in their most recent encounter with a French club.
• Bordeaux’s results have been getting progressively worse on English soil, where they have
yet to score. They lost 1-0 at Aston Villa on their first visit in 1997, then 2-0 at Manchester United in 2000, 3-0 at Liverpool in 2006 and, most recently, 4-0 at Chelsea in 2008.
• This is Newcastle’s first season in European competition since they battled their way through the group stage to the 2006/07 Uefa Cup round of 16, losing out on away goals to AZ Alkmaar.
• Bordeaux are unbeaten in four European games and kicked off the group stage with a 4-0 victory against Club Brugge.