Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot is preparing himself for a Europa League backlash after Newcastle were left stranded on the runway for hours by wintry weather.
The Magpies were forced to cancel their pre-match press conference at the Stade Chaban-Delmas this evening after their departure from Tyneside was delayed more than three hours by heavy snow.
That threw Alan Pardew's preparations into chaos, but left opposite number Gillot fearing the worst as the pair prepared to battle it out for top spot in Group D.
The manager said: ``In my experience, also as a player, usually when you have a certain delay, you do better and you play a better game, so it's scaring me.''
Gillot's comments may have been slightly tongue in cheek, and he will head into the game knowing a draw will be good enough to maintain his side's place at the top of the pool with both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages.
Like Pardew, he will rest key players - Cedric Carrasso, Abdou Traore, Ludovik Obraniak, Jussie, Benoit Tremoulinas, Yoan Gouffran, Jaroslav Plasil and Henrique will not be involved - and he admits it may ultimately not matter too much who finishes on top of the pile.
He said: ``The main goal first was to come out of the qualifying round against Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade), and we did it, and then it was qualification for the knockout stage, which we also did.
``Whether we finish first or second, there will be tough games against tough teams.
``But it's very important to win tomorrow and I hope we can.''
Newcastle trained at their Darsley Park headquarters with the intention of flying to southern France in the afternoon, but snow at Newcastle's airport saw take off delayed for several hours.
Among those killing time in the departure lounge were youngsters Conor Newton and Yven Moyo, who could both make their senior debuts after being named in the 20-man squad.
Also included by Pardew are Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid and Adam Campbell as the Magpies boss uses the depth of his squad.
Senior striker Shola Ameobi is available after recovering from a groin injury and he was joined by fellow senior players Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Papiss Cisse.