Bordeaux vs Marseille by Lucien
Bordeaux didn't manage to get a three pointer last time out, as the team visited St Etienne last time out and took a point in a 2:2 draw. Overall, it was quite an interesting match as the teams shared the number of chances created, but the ball possession was strongly with the home team.
Visitors looked better in the first halftime taking the lead via Ounas from a penalty kick in 42nd, but the players of St Etienne responded well three minutes later via Beric. Laborde brought back the guests into the lead in 50th minute, but Pajot wrote final 2:2 result in 64th minute. Even though it wasn't a victory, this result kept their undefeated streak to five matches now (previously having three victories and draws against Dijon and St Etienne away from home). The team is now at sixth position, having a point less than fifth placed Marseille and the team needs a victory here in order to improve the chances of playing in Europa League next season.
Bordeaux should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, with Ounas, Laborde and Malcom most likely as forwards. Left back Maxime Poundje (7/0) is doubtful with a groin injury, while injured and sidelined remain midfielders Abdou Traore (6/0), Thomas Toure (6/0) and forward Diego Rolan (27/8). Central defenders Igor Lewczuk (24/1) and Nicolaos Pallois (31/2) both remain suspended.
Marseille continued with good and improved performances in last couple of months, as the team managed to get a victory over Nice in front of own fans with a 2:1 result last Sunday night. It was their ninth consecutive match in Ligue 1 without defeat, since the team now stands in Europa League position and have a good chance to secure it in next two rounds.
The match itself against Nice was one of the most interesting in previous rounds, as the home team had better and more concrete chances during the match, but the visitors had a bit more of the ball possession - overall, the game could have ended with some other outcome on some other day. Players of Marseille took the lead in 21st minute via Gomis, while the visitors replied via Balotelli at the start of second, with Evra sealing the victory in 66th minute.
Visitors from Marseille should also be playing in offensive 4-3-3 formation, using Thauvin, Gomis and Payet as forwards. Right back Hiroki Sakai (34/0) is suspended for this one, while injured are central defender Gregory Sertic (8/0) and left back Karim Rekik (10/0).
- Bordeaux have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Marseille.
- Bordeaux have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches (Ligue 1).
This match comes as a really important one for both teams, since whoever gets a victory, will most likely be playing in Europa League next season. Marseille can't afford to lose and have great quality in attack, but with Bordeaux missing their two central defenders due suspension, they know that they can't get the right result if they stay behind the ball and defend. The game should be as open as possible.