Bordeaux vs Nice by Isaiah
Bordeaux managed to held Monaco last weekend to a goalless draw, or better to say, both teams deserved a point in that game. Both teams had classic opportunities to score goals, so probably the most fair result would have been draw with goals, however the final outcome is the same. Monaco had more of the ball possession, but players of Bordeaux fought back well and were also quite threatening on counterattacks.
As said, the draw reflects fairly of the image of that game. Coach of Bordeaux was very satisfied with his players, saying that they were the ones who had more chances to score. Fact is that the team stood well in a very difficult stadium and showed that they can be very competitive against the best sides. Atmosphere is very good in their roster at the moment, but the team has quite a few absences now due African Cup of Nations that the coach needs to deal with. Forward Cheick Diabate (15/8) remains injured, same as defender Theo Pellenard and offensive midfielder Jussie who both count as long term injured players that haven't play a single minute this season. Central defender Lamine Sane (10/0), midfielder Wahbi Khazri (15/5), defensive midfielder Andre Biyogo Poko (7/0) and midfielders Abdou Traore (9/0) and Henri Saivet (3/0) are all out being on international duty at African Cup of Nations.
Nice, on the other hand, took a perfectly fair victory at home over Lorient with a 3:1 result last weekend. They were behind early back in the scoreline, already in sixth minute, but since then the hosts were the only once who existed on the field. They managed to equalize with a penalty before the end of the first half and continued their dominance in the repetition.
During the second half, they scored two more to reach an easy victory against a side that generally wasn't able to resist in any part of the game. Hatem Ben Arfa's future at Nice is in question, but the player surely won't play tonight as the French Federation has to decide whether he is eligible to play for the club or not, having in mind that he already performed for two teams this season. Right back Lloyd Palun (12/1) is unavailable being at African Cup of Nations, while central defender Mathieu Bodmer (14/1) is sidelined with a calf injury and will be replaced by Kevin Gomis for tonight's game. Substitute defensive midfielder Didier Digard (7/0) is injured, same as couple of more players that didn't have a playing minute this season.
Bordeaux will surely play for the victory here, but Nice is also not playing too defensive on the road and we will surely have very quick, open and quite spectacular game here. First betting choice simply has to be over here as both teams have a lot of potential in attack, while the current odds surely represent value.