Newcastle United's flight to Bordeaux was severely delayed on Wednesday due to snow on Tyneside but, with Alan Pardew's side already qualified for the Europa League's knockout stages, stress proved minimal.
A young side, featuring possibly as many as six academy graduates, is likely to be selected in south-west France on Thursday evening allowing senior players to rest before Monday's trip to Fulham.
Currently one point behind the Group D leaders, Bordeaux, Newcastle know victory could offer them an "easier" knockout draw but Pardew has said that finishing second and facing the prospect of meeting a team that has dropped down from the Champions League does not overly concern him.
Accordingly Demba Ba, Cheik Tioté and Davide Santon – who all suffered knocks during Monday's 3-0 win against Wigan – were among those first-team players left at home as Pardew offered places on the Bordeaux-bound flight to two reserves, Yven Moyo and Conor Newton, both of whom are still to make a first-team appearance. There was though still no place for Xisco, the club's unwanted but highly-paid Spanish striker.
While Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cissé are likely to be named on the bench, Nile Ranger – the striker Pardew not so long ago said would never play for Newcastle again following his documented brushs with the law – could start in attack.
Newcastle possible Elliot; Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson; Anita, Bigirimina, Marveaux; Ranger, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi